The Mediterranean Studies Certificate Program (MSCP) aims to develop an understanding of issues related to Mediterranean history, society, politics, culture and law. Students interested in the Mediterranean can gain a regional expertise and deepen their knowledge on interdisciplinary themes such as Migration and Mobility, Gender Studies, Cultural Encounters, Law, State and Society.

The Program will prepare students for competitive careers in private, public, and non-profit sectors in the context of Türkiye’s increasing relations with the Mediterranean world referring to a broad region including Southern Europe, North Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. Students who successfully complete the requirements will be awarded a certificate upon graduation. The program is interdisciplinary and global, centered on studies in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the College of Administrative Sciences, and the Law School. Students also have the option of concentrating in specific areas ranging from classical studies to current Mediterranean state and society.

Certificate Coordinator Dilek Barlas


All undergraduate students with good academic standing are eligible to apply for admission to the certificate program. Students who complete five courses out of the courses listed below will be awarded the Mediterranean Studies Certificate. There are six departments (Archaeology and History of Art, History, International Relations, Sociology, Law, English Language and Comparative Literature) affiliated with this program. At least three courses out of these five courses in the list have to be from three departments outside the student’s department. Cross-listed courses in the below list will be counted for only one discipline. Any of the courses below may be substituted for other equivalent courses upon authorization by the Faculty Council of the department offering that course. A student can fulfill part of the requirements of the MSCP by taking an “Independent Study” on a relevant topic from one of the participating departments in lieu of a required course with the prior consent of the MSCP and the independent study instructor. For students who participate in an Erasmus exchange, at most one Erasmus course can be counted toward the MSCP. The average grade from the five courses must be at least 2.70. A student failing to meet this grade requirement is not qualified to receive the certificate. A certificate will be presented to the student completing the certification requirements along with the Bachelor of Arts degree at the time of graduation from the university.

List of Courses:

ARHA 208 Art and Archaeology of the Seljuk Period

ARHA 209 Late Antique and Byzantine Civilization

ARHA 221 The Art of Mediterranean and European Civilizations

ARHA 315 Archaeology and the History of the Ancient Middle East

ARHA 319 Ancient Greeks and Romans

ARHA 437 Europe and the Ottoman Empire: Cultural Encounters through the Centuries

ARHA 422 The Art and Architecture of the Islamic World

HIST 206 Europe since the French Revolution

HIST 214 Culture and Society in the Ottoman Empire

HIST 217 Comparative Urban History

HIST 309 State and Society in the Middle East

HIST 337 Religion and Politics in Europe

HIST 314/INTL 350 History of the Balkan Countries

HIST 406/ INTL 414 European Diplomacy and the Ottoman Empire

HIST 319: The Mediterranean in History, 16th – 21st Centuries

INTL 330 Institutions and Politics of EU

INTL 447 Identity and Foreign Policy of EU

INTL 448 The Middle East in a Globalized World

INTL 406 Contemporary Issues in Turkish Politics

SOCI 203 Turkish Society in a Comparative Perspective

SOCI 310 Sociology of Gender

LAW 111 Roman Law

LITR 203 Topics in World Literature

LITR 223 Travel Writing from the Muslim World

LITR 452 Selected Topics in Migration and Narrative

LITR 453 Selected Topics in Modern Middle Eastern Literature: Narratives of Nation

PHIL 213 Ancient Philosophy