Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate programs

The Department of and Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers a total of 3 undergraduate majors. The Department of Middle Eastern Studies sponsors an excellent undergraduate program in Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Langauges and Cultures while the Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers the Middle Eastern Studies major.

The Middle Eastern Studies major offers specializations in the Middle East, while the Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures major has replaced the individual Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish degree plans (as of Fall 2012).

What is the difference between the MELC and MES majors?

The Middle Eastern Studies major:

  • An interdisciplinary degree with a regional concentration on the Middle East
  • Combines study of a Middle Eastern language with a survey of courses in history, social sciences, and the arts
  • Intended primarily for those preparing for a career in business, communication, government, information studies, law, the military, or community college teaching

The MELC major:

  • Allows students to pursue a range of interests in the languages and cultures of the Middle East, including the study of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish
  • Emphasizes the acquisition of a Middle Eastern language as well as cultural studies, with particular strengths in literature, material culture, art history, and music
  • This model encourages us all to look beyond the boundaries of language and nation that sometimes obscure our view of the Middle East as a region with a shared past, present, and future

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