Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Degree Plan for Middle Eastern Studies

Below are the degree requirements based on the most recent issue of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2016-2018. Students should speak with the undergraduate adviser to determine catalog eligibility. All degrees must be completed in residence.

Foreign Language Requirement

Middle Eastern studies majors must complete the College of Liberal Arts foreign language requirement in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish.

Middle Eastern Studies Major Requirements

24 hours total hours required, including 18 hours upper-division and 18 hours in residence:

Lower Division

  • MES 301K: Introduction to the Middle East: Religious, Cultural, and Historical Foundations
  • MES 301L: Introduction to the Middle East: Adjustment and Change in Modern Times

Upper Division

  • MES 341: Topics in the Middle East: Social Science
  • MES 342: Topics in the Middle East: Arts and Humanities
  • MES 343: Topics in the Middle East: History
  • 3 hours upper division MES
  • Six hours of upper division Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish)

Middle Eastern Studies Minor Requirements

15 hours of MES, consisting of MES 301K, MES 301L, and nine hours of upper-division MES chosen from MES 341, 342 or 343.

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