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Humanities & Culture

Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations

Mahsa Alimardani is not only an internet researcher, she's also a Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations grad.

Mahsa Alimardani (B.A. 2012) combined her academic experience with co-curricular work writing for the Varsity, and broadcasting for CIUT. She is currently working as the Iran Editor at Global Voices, and writing for a variety of publications about human rights and technology, including producing a graphic novel about Iran. Read more about Mahsa on LinkedIn.

What do employers value about Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 93% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $45,960/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries: 

  • Education 
  • Research 
  • Media and Communication 
  • Operations 
  • Administrative 
  • Sales 
  • Marketing 
  • Community and Social Services 
  • Legal 
  • Support
  • Cultural Heritage Management

graduate or professional school

A Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Near & Middle Eastern Studies 
  • History 
  • Education 
  • Law 
  • Public Policy 
  • Library and Archival Studies 
  • Museum studies 
  • Global Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Archaeology
  • Religious Studies
  • Anthropology

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your industry.  

Attend social and academic events organized by your student union to build your network and perspective.