Major in Middle Eastern Studies
Middle Eastern Studies at UMass is an innovative, interdisciplinary major. The major consists of a wide range of introductory and upper-level courses in Arabic language, the history and archeology of the Middle East and North Africa, and offerings in Islamic culture, art, law, and political theory.
- HISTORY 130 and 131 (or approved 100 or 200-level Middle Eastern Studies courses as listed on the website)
- Two years of a language of the region, normally fulfilled by two-year Modern Standard Arabic classroom sequence at UMass (101, 102, 201 and 202 OR 126, 146, 226 and 246) or the two-year Hebrew sequence at UMass (110, 120, 230, 240)
- 24 upper-level credits in Middle Eastern Studies courses offered by the Five College consortium. Approved 200-level courses, 300-level courses and above count towards this requirement. Students may take eight 3-credit courses OR six 4-credit courses OR any combination of the two to fulfill this requirement.
- Junior Year Writing requirement (minimum 3 credits). MIDEAST 389, OR topically relevant HIST 450 sections (4 credits), or approved JYW courses in other departments. Does not fulfill 24 upper-level credit requirement.
- Integrative Experience seminar (minimum 3 credits). Relevant JNE courses or approved IE courses in other departments. This class may fulfill 24 upper-level credit requirement.
- A GPA of 2.0 is required in the courses used to satisfy the above requirements.
- Courses taken pass/fail or with a grade lower than C- do not count toward major requirements.
- Departmental Internships are pass/fail and do not satisfy major requirements.
- Departmental Honors require an Honors project undertaken during a student's final year.