Middle Eastern Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Contact: Tayeb El-Hibri, Director
Office: 729 Herter Hall
Middle Eastern Studies Advisory Committee: Shmuel Bolozky, Judaic and Near Eastern; Walter Denny, Art History; Tayeb El-Hibri, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies; Mohammed Jiyad, Mount Holyoke; Mednicoff, Legal Studies; Robert Sullivan, German; Mary Wilson, History.
The Middle Eastern Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that includes courses related to the Middle East offered through various departments. The program also includes various levels of Arabic and Hebrew courses offered through the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. In addition to the University's courses, students can draw on Middle Eastern Studies courses offered at the other four colleges in the Five College system. A Middle Eastern Studies major allows students to explore various academic and professional prospects after graduation, including teaching, journalism, international relations, business, and joining non-profit organizations.
Requirements for a major are as follows:
1. MEAST 100 and 101;
2. Fulfilling the intermediate level requirement (two years) in a Middle Eastern language;
3. 24 upper-level credits (300-level courses and above) in Middle Eastern subjects in a variety of disciplines including Arabic, Art History, Economics, Political Science, Religion, Sociology; with adviser's approval some of these courses may be taken at the other four colleges in the Five College system;
4. Junior Year Writing requirement (usually tak-en in the History Department, HIST 591-595).
The minor in Middle Eastern Studies requires students to complete one year of a language of the region, MEAST 100 and 101, and three upper level courses chosen from an approved list of courses offered by the Five College consortium. For a minor in Arabic language, non-native speakers are required to take one year (6 cr) beyond the intermediate level. Native speakers are required to take six courses (18 cr) beyond the intermediate level.
In addition to the courses offered, the University has an exchange program with the American University in Cairo, which offers both summer and full-year scholarships through the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA). The summer program at AUC concentrates only on colloquial Egyptian Arabic, while the full-year program offers Modern Standard Arabic as well as courses in history, religion, political science, economics, and literature. Credits earn-ed may be transferred to the University as part of a Middle Eastern Studies concentration, subject to approval of the program adviser. Other programs in Tunisia, Morocco, and Syria are also available to qualified students.
For detailed information on Study Abroad opportunities, contact the Middle Eastern Studies Program or the International Programs Office.