Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Degree Plan for Middle Eastern Studies

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Middle Eastern Studies Degree Plan for the 2020-2022 & Future Catalogs

Students in the 2020-2022 and future catalogs will pursue the new Middle Eastern Studies major that goes into effect in Fall 2020. The new MES major combines elements from the old MES, MELC, and ISL majors, to give all our students a well-rounded knowledge of the Middle East. This plan of study requires students to pursue a track in a specific discipline, enabling them to obtain a deeper understanding of their field of interest. Finally, all MES majors will complete the research- and writing-intensive Capstone course, which was previously only required of MELC majors. These elements in the new major will train all of our students to be better prepared to pursue graduate school and/or careers in government service, business, and the non-profit sector. 

The new MES degree plan requires 36 total hours, including 27 upper-division and 18 hours in residence. 

Lower Division Requirements

  • MEL 301: Gateway to the Middle East (in future semesters this course will be called MES 301C)
  • Students must take 2 of the following courses: MES 301J: The Ancient Middle East, 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, MES 310C: Introduction to the Old Testament, MES 310R: Introduction to Middle East Religions, or ISL 310: Introduction to Islam

Upper Division Requirements

  • 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
  • Six hours of upper division Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish)
  • MEL 323: Engaging the Middle East (in future semesters this course will be called MES 323C)

Nine Additional Upper-Division Hours Chosen from a Single Track:

  • Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, the Ancient Near East, History, Islamic Studies, or Literature

 

Middle Eastern Studies Degree Plan for Students in Earlier Catalogs

For students in the 2018-2020 and earlier valid catalogs, the degree plan for the Middle Eastern Studies major is outlined here. 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.

Note: If you have admissions questions, please visit the Be A Longhorn website.


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