Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies


*Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, all advising is taking place remotely. Please contact the undergraduate advisor via email, or schedule a virtual meeting with her here.*

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 options for study abroad, honors programs, and career exploration. The advisor also refers students to on-campus resources relevant to their interests and needs.

Before scheduling a meeting with the advisor, please carefully read through the information on our website. If you cannot find the answer to your question on the website, you may email the advisor or schedule a meeting with her here. Please include your EID in all communications with your advisor.

You can run your own degree audit online through IDA (Interactive Degree Audit), and it is recommended that you do so at the beginning of each semester.

Becoming a Major

If you are interested in declaring a major in Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, or Islamic Studies, you must meet with the undergraduate advisor. Please note that beginning with the 2020-2022 catalog, students will only be able to pursue the new Middle Eastern Studies major. If you are eligible for earlier valid catalogs, you may still pursue the old Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, or Islamic Studies majors. If you are unsure of your catalog eligibility, please contact the undergraduate advisor. 

Continuing majors should check in periodically with the undergraduate advisor to share information on courses, discuss any difficulties, obtain approvals, and to keep track of career, internship, study abroad, and honors opportunities.

Adding a Transcript-Recognized Minor

Transcript-recognized minors are only applicable to students under the 2016-2018 and subsequent academic catalogs.

Arabic: 18 hours of Arabic, including ARA 601C, ARA 611C, and six hours of upper-division Arabic.

Hebrew: 15 hours of Hebrew, including HEB 601C, HEB 611C, and three hours of upper-division Hebrew.

Islamic Studies: 15 hours of ISL, including 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, including MES 301K, MES 301L, and nine hours of upper-division MES chosen from MES 341, 342 or 343.

Persian: 18 hours of Persian, including PRS 601C, PRS 611C, PRS 322K, and three hours of upper-division Persian.

Turkish: 15 hours of Turkish, including TUR 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

For students under the 2012-2014 & 2014-2016 academic catalogs, minors do not appear on the transcript. 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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