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Major and Minors

The Middle East/South Asia Studies Program offers a range of major and minors which allow students to fit with their academic curriculum. 

Major

 

Middle East/South Asia Studies

Description: The major in Middle East/South Asia Studies (MESA) offers comparative studies of the Middle East and South Asia, regions that have been integrally linked for centuries by trade, migration, exchange of scientific, mathematical, political and philosophical ideas, religion, literature, and art. This region encompasses 44 countries, with particular focus on the Arab Gulf, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, the Meghreb (North Africa), Palestine, Syria and Turkey. Students will explore the culture, history, politics and economies of these regions through courses from a variety of disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, Asian American Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, Film Studies, History, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Students are encouraged to take advantage of our Study Abroad Program to gain first hand experience in Egypt, India and/or Turkey.

Upon completing the undergraduate major in Middle East/South Asia Studies student will be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the history and culture of the Middle East/South Asia
- Apply critical thinking skills and demonstrate English writing skills
- Speak, write, and read at an intermediate to advanced level in a language of the Middle East/South Asia

Program Requirements: Click here to view ME/SA Major Requirements 

Minors

 

Middle East/South Asia Studies

Description: Similarly to the major, the ME/SA Studies Minor offers comparative studies of the Middle East and South Asia, regions that have been integrally linked for centuries by trade, migration, exchange of scientific, mathematical, political and philosophical ideas, religion, literature, and art.The ME/SA Studies Minor is a brief introduction to the field of ME/SA Studies.

Requirements: Click here to view ME/SA Minor Requirements 

 

Arab Studies

Description: The minor in Arab Studies covers an area of utmost historical, cultural, economic and geopolitical significance. Several key contemporary issues make the region as a whole a focus of interest for scholarly study. The Arab Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor open to undergraduates in all four colleges.

Requirements: Click here to view Arab Studies Minor Requirements 

 

Arabic Language

Description:  The department offers a minor in Arabic for those wishing to follow a formally recognized program of study.

Requirements: Click here to view the Arabic Language Minor Requirements

 

India/South Asia Studies

Description:The minor in India & South Asia Studies covers an area of immense historical, cultural, economic, demographic, and geopolitical significance. The minor is designed to emphasize the interconnected and comparative aspect of history, culture, society, economy, religion, gender relations, media, law, political economy, international relations, urbanism, migration and diaspora, language and literatures across regional and national boundaries. It is an interdisciplinary minor open to undergraduates in all four colleges.

Requirements: Click here to view India/ South Asia Studies Minor Requirements

 

Iran & Persian Studies

Description: The Iran & Persian Studies minor offers students courses on history and culture in the Iran & Persian world during the early modern and modern periods. It is an interdis-ciplinary minor open to undergraduates in all four colleges.

Requirements: Click here to view Iran & Persian Studies Minor Requirements