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Major in Middle Eastern Studies

Revised statement of requirements for the
MES Major

The Middle Eastern Studies Major has recently been modified in respect of the course requirements, with particular reference to the language requirement, which has been relaxed. Students who matriculate in fall 2014 will have to conform to the new revised requirements. Students who matriculated in fall 2013 or earlier may choose to conform to the old requirements or the new ones as they prefer.

Revised Requirements of the Major
(mandatory for students matriculating in fall 2014; optional for those matriculating in Fall 2013 or earlier):

The Middle Eastern Studies major comprises twelve courses:
  1. Four courses of a Middle Eastern language, (level 3-4, or equivalent). Students who have demonstrated language competence through level 3-4 by a placement test must take two advanced language courses and either two semesters of a second Middle Eastern language or two other courses listed in section ii.
  2. Six courses in Middle Eastern studies—chosen in consultation with an advisor—from an approved list updated by the Middle Eastern Studies program annually. Three courses must be chosen from each of the following two groups:
    1. art history, religion, literature, Judaic studies, music, and
    2. anthropology, history, political science.

    These courses must include at least one course in pre-modern and one course in modern Middle Eastern studies. They must also include one course in each of two Middle Eastern cultures. Two of these courses may be more advanced language courses (21-22 and beyond).
     
  3. One course that relates the Middle East to other regions of the world.
  4. One advanced research course, such as thesis honors, a seminar, or advanced directed study.

Previous Requirements of the Major
(these apply only to students who matriculated in Fall 2013 or earlier, but they may choose to conform instead to the new requirements)

The Middle Eastern Studies major comprises ten courses:

  1. Two courses in a Middle Eastern language (level 121-122, or equivalent). Students who have demonstrated language competence through level 121-122 by a placement test must take two advanced language courses, two semesters of a second Middle Eastern language, or two other courses listed in section b. for a total of ten courses.
  2. Six courses in Middle Eastern Studies chosen in consultation with an advisor, from an approved list updated by the Middle Eastern Studies program annually. These courses must include three from each of the following two groups:
    1. art history, religion, literature, Judaic studies, music, and
    2. anthropology, history, political science.

    These courses must include at least one course in pre-modern and one course in modern Middle Eastern Studies. They must also include at least one course in each of two Middle Eastern cultures.
  1. One course that relates Middle East to other regions of the world.
  2. One advanced research course, such as thesis honors, a seminar or advanced directed study