The Middle Eastern Studies major introduces students to the breadth of issues needed for witnessing and working in the Islamic context, including history and politics; Islamic law and theology; Arabic language; the structure of culture and values; and Christian theology, apologetics, witnessing, and church planting. Students in the Middle Eastern Studies major will have the opportunity to travel to a Middle Eastern country to study Arabic language and culture.

Students working toward the B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies must complete the degree with at least 12 credit hours of a single biblical or modern language. The preference is for students to complete 12 credit hours of Arabic language.  This can be done in partnership with recognized schools in the Middle East as the student does language and culture education on location and then transfers to Johnson University.

Dr. Linda Whitmer
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This degree does not include any concentrations.


Courses may include:

  • Islam: History, Beliefs, and Practices
  • History and Theology of Judaism
  • Introduction to Arabic Language & Middle Eastern Cultures
  • Faith Communities in Middle Eastern Contexts

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.


Graduates with this degree might work in international missions, church planting, education, refugee ministry, and other fields. Graduates may also choose to pursue graduate work in Intercultural Studies.