Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Program Category: PhD Programs
Chair: Gil Hochberg
Director of Graduate Studies: Sudipta Kaviraj
Website: Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Email Address: jr650 [at] columbia.edu
Degree Programs: Full-Time: MA, MPhil, PhD; Full-Time/Part-Time: Free-Standing MA

In response to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies is not accepting doctoral applications for 2021 admission. Please visit the department's website for more information.

The Master’s program offered by the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies remains open to new students for the fall of 2021; we encourage you to consider applying for the stand-alone MA program.

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As early as 1780, Columbia faculty were teaching what were then called Oriental languages. The idea of the Orient has changed and been deconstructed by Columbia’s own faculty, but Columbia’s eminence has never wavered.

The department offers courses in three major cultural areas: African Studies, Arab Studies, and South Asian Studies, as well as in Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Islamic Studies. A student may specialize in a variety of subfields decided in conjunction with his or her advisor and the academic affairs committee of the department.

Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship.

Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) awards a certificate in Comparative Literature and Society. For more information, see the ICLS website.