Middle Eastern Studies Certificate (C.C.-C.P.)

The Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies will offer an interdisciplinary core course, language study, and a selection of courses related to the Middle East.

The Certificate will require twenty-seven (27) credits in courses for a Certificate of Completion and thirty-six (36) credits for a Certificate of Proficiency. Courses are available both onsite and online. The courses include one core course, two Critical Language courses (Arabic or Modern Hebrew), and courses in History, Social Science, Literature, and the Arts. 

The Certificate may be used:

  • Towards an Associate’s Degree in Global Studies, General Studies with a Concentration in Humanities, or Liberal Arts.

  • To enhance your credentials for jobs that require an understanding of the Middle East

  • As a stepping stone to Bachelor’s degree programs in global studies or related disciplines, such as international business, international studies, political science, and history.

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Talk to an enrollment specialist:
  732.255.0400 ext. 2960

For Additional Information

Maysa Hayward, Dean of Instructional Outreach
Ocean County College
Gateway Building, Room 405
Toms River, New Jersey 08754
732.255.0400 Ext 2176


Maria Potter, Elearning
Ocean County College
Toms River, New Jersey 08754
732.255.0400 Ext 2495

Office Location: 101D Library


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES – Certificate of Proficiency–TOTAL CREDITS 37 cr.

The Middle Eastern Studies Certificate of Proficiency allows students to complete the Certificate by selecting courses from a range of offerings based on their interest and transfer needs.  These courses prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate programs with majors in global studies, international politics, international business, foreign relations, and other related fields.  The following template of course selections for the first three semesters is intended as an example of courses that might be taken to achieve the Certificate of Proficiency while simultaneously fulfilling many of the requirements for the AA degree.


  • ENGL 151 English I (3 cr)
  • ARBC (Arabic Language) or HEBR (Hebrew Language) (3 cr)
  • HIST 185 Survey of the Middle East (3 cr)
  • POLI 101 Global Issues (3 cr)


  • ARBC (Arabic Language) or HEBR (Hebrew Language) (3 cr)
  • ARTS 191 The Arts of the Islamic World (3 cr)
  • ENGL 226 or 227 Literature Elective (3 cr)
  • POLI 263 Introduction to International Relations (3 cr)


  • ARBC (Arabic Language) or HEBR (Hebrew Language) (3 cr)
  • BUSN 291 International Business (3 cr)
  • HIST 268, 278, or 282 History Elective (3 cr)
  • HUMN 251 STUDY ABROAD/ INTERN (4 cr/ 3cr )

TOTAL CREDITS                                36-37 cr.

Global Studies Course Selections. Courses with an emphasis on the Middle East are highlighted in bold:
ANTH 134: Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.),ARTS 181: Art History I (3 cr.), ARTS 182: Art History II (3 cr.),ARTS 191: The Arts of the Islamic World (3 cr.), ARTS 192: The Arts of Japan (3 cr.), ARTS 205: Art History III-Twentieth Century Art (3 cr.), BUSN 291: International Business:  A Cultural Perspective (3 cr.), ENGL 222: Native American Literature (3 cr.), ENGL 226: Arabic Literature in Translation (3 cr.),ENGL 235: Literature and Myth (3 cr.), ENGL 255: World Literature I (3 cr.), ENGL 256: World Literature II (3 cr.), ENVI 152: Environmental Science (4 cr.), ENVI 159: Natural Resources Conservation (3 cr.), FILM 190: World Cinema (3 cr.), GEOG 161: World Physical Geography (3 cr.), GEOG 162: Human Geography (3 cr.), HIST 268: History and Culture of the Jewish People (3 cr.), HIST 272: History of Russia (3 cr.), HIST 275: History and Culture of China (3 cr.), HIST 278: History of the Arab World Since World War I (3 cr.),HIST 282: Modern Israel (3 cr.), HUMN 200: Humanities I:  Modernism (3 cr.), HUMN 201: Humanities II: Postmodernism (3 cr.), MUSC 194: Music of the World’s People (3 cr.), PHIL192: Contemporary Ethical Issues (3 cr.), PHIL 293: Religious Experiences (3 cr.), RELG 193: World Religions (3 cr.), POLI 263: International Relations (3 cr.), POLI 265: Comparative Politics (3 cr.), PSYC 175: Cross Cultural Psychology (3 cr.), SOCI 181: Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.), SOCI 231:  Social Problems (3 cr.)

Study Abroad Experience:
ANTH 237: Indians of North America (3 cr.), ANTH 238: Native American Travel Seminar (3 cr.), ANTH 239: World of the Maya: Anthropology, Archeology, and Ecology  (3 cr.),ARTS 284: Art Seminar in Japan (3 cr.), ARTS 282: Art Seminat in Italy (3 cr.), THTR 296: Theatre in London (3 cr.), HUMN 152:  The Middle East Experience (4 cr.)

World Language courses (two semesters):
ARBC 100 and ARBC 102: Elementary Arabic I and II (6 cr.), ARBC 201 and ARBC 202: Intermediate Arabic I and II (6 cr.), CHIN 100 and CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese I and II (6 cr.),CHIN 201 and CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese I and II (6 cr.),FREN 191 and FREN 192: Elementary French I and II (6 cr.), FREN 291 and FREN 292: Intermediate French I and II (6 cr.),GRMN 191 and GRMN192: Elementary German I and II (6 cr.),GRMN 291 and GRMN 292: Intermediate German I and II (6 cr.),HEBR 151 and HEBR 152: Elementary Modern Hebrew I and II (6 cr.),ITAL 100 and ITAL 102: Elementary Italian I and II (6 cr.),RUSS 101 and RUSS 102: Elementary Russian I and II (6 cr.),SPAN 151 and SPAN 152: Elementary Spanish I and II (6 cr.),SPAN 251 and SPAN 252: Intermediate Spanish I and II (6 cr.)

Study Abroad/Internship

Given the importance of the Arab world and North Africa these days, we need to provide our students with an introduction to the Middle East North African region through a program that allows them to learn about a culture and be immersed in the culture experience first-hand. The opportunity to hear a language daily will help students who enter the course with some classroom experience in Arabic and will encourage and build the confidence of those for whom Arabic is a new experience. During the Summer Sessions, OCC, with support from a U.S. Department of Education UISFL grant, will offer a study abroad program in Rabat, Morocco, combining online learning about the language and culture of North Africa and the Middle East with three weeks of living and learning in Morocco. After a two week-long online introduction to the Middle East and orientation to the program, we fly to Morocco for a 3 week immersion program in language, culture, and history. You will:

  • Live with a host family. Moroccans are noted for their exceptional warmth and hospitality. Living and eating with your host family will be your way to experience the culture of North Africa from the inside.

  • Engage in language classes to introduce you to Arabic or to improve your already established skills.

  • Participate in field trips to local cultural institutions, art exhibitions, musical performances, historical sites, and nearby cities, including Casablanca and Fez.

  • Relax on the beautiful beaches and dine at excellent restaurants or take in the night life at clubs.

Language instruction in Arabic is a part of the program. Different levels, from absolute beginners with no background at all, to beginners, to intermediate learners, will give you a head-start in learning Arabic or will improve your already established fluency. The abroad part of the program is arranged by AMIDEAST, the leading U.S. organization for education and research in the Middle East with over 50 years of experience in arranging study-abroad opportunities for U.S. students. OCC faculty and administrators will also participate in the program in Morocco as advisors and facilitators to make sure your experience is exciting and beneficial. Following our return, we will engage in a final week-long online conclusion to the course, a time to reflect upon and share what we have gained from the experience. This is a 4 credit course which meets both the humanities and diversity requirements of OCC. Morocco is in the western-most part of North Africa, with a coast line on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Due south of Spain, it is a short ferry-ride to Gibraltar. The country is a land of rugged mountains and deserts in the interior, with excellent beaches on both the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. Rabat is the capital of Morocco, located on the western, Atlantic coast.

Future Study Abroad Opportunities: Jordan, Summer of 2017.

For more information about the Study Abroad Programs, contact Maria Potter at mpotter@ocean.edu or visit the Middle Easter Center located in Library 101.

Learn more about the Center for the Middle East by clicking here.


The Middle Eastern Studies Institute received an IFLE/ UISFL grant that partially sponsors study abroad expenses. All accepted applicants are automatic candidates for this scholarship.

For information on registration and application, contact Maysa Hayward mhayward@ocean.edu 732-255-0400 Ext# 2176