The undergraduate advisor for the Center for and Department of Middle Eastern Studies advises current and prospective majors in Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Middle Eastern Studies. The undergraduate advisor removes advising bars, reviews degree audits, assists with course selection and registration, and discusses students options for study abroad, honors programs, career exploration, and other issues and opportunities related to the undergraduate programs.
During peak advising times (registration advising during fall and spring semesters), appointments are required. To make an advising appointment, please contact the advisor.
You may run your own degree audit online through IDA (Interactive Degree Audit) and it is recommended that you do so each semester.
Becoming a Major in ISL, MES or MEL
To declare a major in Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies or Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, you must meet with the undergraduate advisor.
Although not strictly required, continuing majors should check with the undergraduate advisor periodically to share information on courses, discuss difficulties, obtain approvals, and to keep track of career, internship, study abroad, and honors possibilities.
Adding a Minor
Transcript-Recognized Minor in Arabic, Hebrew, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Persian or Turkish
Transcript-recognized minors are only applicable to students under the 2016-2018 academic catalog.
Arabic: 18 hours of Arabic, at least six of which must be upper-division: Arabic 601C, 611C and Six hours of upper-division Arabic.
Hebrew: At least 15 hours of Hebrew, at least three of which must be upper-division, including Hebrew 601C, 611C and three hours of upper-division Hebrew.
Islamic Studies: 15 hours of ISL, consisting of ISL 310, ISL 340, and nine hours of upper-division ISL chosen from ISL 340, ISL 372 or ISL 373.
Middle Eastern Studies: 15 hours of MES, consisting of MES 301K, MES 301L, and nine hours of upper-division MES chosen from MES 341, 342 or 343.
Persian: At least 15 hours of Persian, at least three of which must be upper-division, including Persian 601C, 611C, and three hours of upper-division Persian.
For those who have credit for PRS 612C (Persian for Heritage Speakers): At least 15 hours of Persian, the sequence would likely include Persian 612C, 322K, and six credits of PRS 329.
Turkish: At least 15 hours of Turkish, at least three of which must be upper-division, including Turkish 601C, 611C and three hours of upper-division Turkish.
At least 9 hours of the minor must be completed in residence.
The transcript-recognized undergraduate academic minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information regarding the requirements for achieving a minor, including a comprehensive list of minors, please visit the Minors and Certificate Programs section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Minor Requirements for Students Under Earlier Catalogs
Applicable to students under the 2010-2012, 2012-2014, 2014-2016 academic catalogs (non-transcript-able)
Requirements and options for minors vary widely among colleges and majors at UT Austin. Students should refer to the degree plan for their major to see if it requires a minor. The Middle Eastern Studies advisor is available to discuss appropriate course choices with you, but it is best to check with the advisor in your major to clarify the exact requirements for a minor.
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