|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (BA)|
This degree programme combines the study of languages with the history, politics, cultures and religions of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the current debates about the cultures, histories and religious affairs of the societies of the Middle East and their relationships with Europe. The course is designed to provide you with skills and knowledge in two languages and their regional histories and cultures. Students choose one of Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish and one from French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Polish. With the exception of French, any of these can be studied at beginners level.
The course suits those interested in current debates about global issues and international politics. You can explore the connections between regions and peoples, religions and politics, societies and cultures, literature and history and look beyond the narrow focus of Europe.
Students spend third year abroad. Living and studying overseas provides skills and experience preparing you to work in a global context. You can spend one or two semesters at a leading European university. There is also the option to spend a semester at a prestigious Middle Eastern university.
There is a great demand for graduates with a deep understanding of the complex historical relationships between Europe and its neighbours. Unique to this course is the study of the cultural interconnections that shape modern strategic and political interactions. The course is designed in a way that allows you to explore periods and places of interest from the ancient world through to the present day.
Students interested in a future in international relations, diplomacy, journalism, working with multinationals and global tech companies, with NGOs, and in careers that demand a deeper understanding of regional cultures and politics should consider the degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures.
Graduates with a European and a Middle Eastern language have a competitive advantage when it comes to careers across a wide range of sectors. Many multinational companies are choosing Ireland as base for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Graduates of this course are well placed to continue their studies in international relations, languages, history, cultural studies or international business and marketing.
Each year students take a variety of classes that include language, history and culture. You can tailor your classes to develop your knowledge and skills in the areas that most interest you.
Students take classes in the following subjects: one European language (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Polish); the history and culture relating specifically to that language; the history and formation of Europe; the history of the Middle East including politics and religion; and the relationship between the Middle East and Europe; and Jewish and Islamic civilizations.
Students continue their European language, start a Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish) and take additional classes on historical and contemporary perspectives on Europe, the Middle East and also their relations.
Study abroad (full academic year).
All students continue their European language and can choose to keep on their Middle Eastern language. A wide range of subjects are offered to final-year students that build on the specialist knowledge gained in the previous years. Students also undertake a piece of independent research on a topic of their choice (Capstone project).
We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods such as essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. It is ensured that students can demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in their chosen language(s). Final year students write a Capstone project (piece of independent research on a topic of your choice).
Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures students spend their third year abroad at a prestigious European or Middle Eastern university. Students benefit by improving their language skills. They also gain valuable experience of other cultures and ways of life.
We currently have links with the following European universities where students can spend a semester or their third year: for Spanish: University of Granada, University of Seville; for French: Sciences Po; University of Geneva; for Italian: University of Naples; for German: University of Cologne, University of Hamburg, University of Vienna. Many of these universities also offer Middle Eastern languages and you may continue the study of your chosen Middle Eastern language while in Europe.
For the semester in the Middle East, we have links with: American University Beirut, Hebrew University Jerusalem and Mohammad V University (Rabat, Morocco).
This degree programme can also be taken as part of the Dual B.A. with Columbia University.