International and Area Studies
 

Middle East Studies / Arabic

Middle East Studies / Arabic
BA
Hours61 - 69 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

Students should take courses in this approximate sequence: (1) language prerequisites; (2) core major curriculum; (3) track requirements in "History and Humanities" or "Social Sciences"; (4) Arabic study abroad; (5) track electives; and (6) senior seminar.
Note: Students with a second major in Arabic language cannot double count the same upper-division Arabic courses for both the double major and for MESA elective credit.
requirement 1 Complete 2 courses
Complete the following language prerequisite courses or equivalent.
requirement 3 Complete 5 courses
Complete the one-semester Study Abroad program in the Arab world, which includes the following Arabic language courses:
requirement 4 Complete 1 course
Complete a senior seminar in Middle Eastern Studies. (Note: This course should be taken after returning from the semester abroad. Choose a senior seminar section on a topic appropriate to your track specialization when available.)
requirement 5 Complete 1 option
Choose and complete one of the following disciplinary tracks:
option 5.1 Complete 4 groups
History and Humanities track:
group 5.1.4 Complete 11.0 hours from the following course(s)
Note 1: Arab 361 and 362 can only be taken for elective credit if they are not used to satisfy the core track credit requirement.
Note 2: Arab 424R and 425R can each be taken up to two times with different content, including in fulfilling the core track requirement.
Note 3: Students can receive no more than 3 total internship credit hours to satisfy this requirement.
Note 4: Relevant MESA 467R courses can be taken for credit with permission.
Note 5: Students with a second major in Arabic Language cannot double count the same upper-division Arabic courses for both the double major and for MESA elective credit.
option 5.2 Complete 4 groups
Social Sciences track:
group 5.2.3 Complete 2.0 hours from the following course(s)
Note 1: Students can receive no more than 3 total internship credit hours to satisfy this requirement.
Note 2: Relevant MESA 467R and POLI 359R courses can be taken for credit with permission.
Note 3: POLI 328 is strongly recommended for those pursuing careers involving research or analysis.
Note 4: Only one course of either Turkish or Persian will count.
Program Outcomes: 

Critical Reasoning

Demostrate rigorous deductive and inductive reasoning in assessing arguments and evidence

Analytical and Persuasive Writing

Write clearly, logically, and persuasively in both short and long formats

Oral Communication

Verbally present clear, logical, and persuasive arguments and engage in effective dialogues with others

Research Design and Practice

Use appropriate disciplinary methods to answer relevant questions through effective research design and original research

International and Regional Understanding

Understand the historical, literary, religious, geographic, social, and political contexts of the modern Middle East and its relationship to other world regions

Arabic Language Comprehension

Understand contemporary written and oral Arabic language sources at the ACTFL advanced level

Arabic Language Communication

Speak and write Arabic at the ACTFL advanced level

Cultural Proficiency and Appreciation

Effectively navigate the cultures of the Middle East with curiosity, empathy, and respect

Professional Preparation

Demonstrate skills of resilience, collaboration, and leadership in preparation for a future career