MIDDLE EASTERN AND SOUTH ASIAN
LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES MAJOR
The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian
Languages and Cultures offers a major in Middle Eastern
and South Asian Languages and Literatures for students
wanting to achieve proficiency in a MESALC language
and a deeper understanding of its literatures.
The core of this major is a high level of competency
in the language and a more focused set of concentration
- 2020/2026/2060 level of a MESALC language. A grade of C or higher must be earned in each semester of 2010-2020 or 1060-2060
- 30 credits in MESALC and related courses, of which
- 18 credits must be in one MESALC language,
or, at the discretion of the major advisor,
12 in one and at least 6 in a second language
in the same region;
- Tibetan may be used as a second language
in the South Asian region. Biblical Hebrew
may be used as a second language in the Middle
East region. The 12 credits for the first
language must be beyond the 2020/2026/2060 level.
The 6 credits for the second language may
be taken at any level.
- 12 credits of the 30 must be in MESALC and related courses, of which
- 6 credits must be in regional concentration
courses from 2 of the following 6 areas:
MESALC (non-language courses), Anthropology,
Art History, Politics, History, and Religious
Studies (See course
listings by area: Middle
Asia for possible courses.
See the Student Information System for current
- 6 credits are to be determined in consultation
with the major advisor. These courses may
be further MESALC language study or non-language,
regional concentration courses in MESALC.
- a maximum of 15 study abroad credits and domestic
transfer credits may be allowed (at the discretion
of Griffith Chaussée, the Director of Undergraduate
It is crucial that language training begin early in the student's career.
Summer study and study abroad are also encouraged. (See the Resources section of the MESALC website for current study abroad programs)
Students in this major must maintain a satisfactory
grade point average in major and related courses each semester.
Satisfactory is defined as an average of C (i.e., 2.0).
Students not maintaining this grade point may be discontinued
from the major.
Declaring the Major
- Select a MESALC language or languages and consult
with the Director of Undergraduate
Programs, listed below.
- Review course listings by area (Middle East, South Asia) and the major requirements sheet by language. You may download the major requirements sheet (see above) or obtain one from the departmental office in 530 New Cabell Hall.
- Obtain the following two forms: Declaration of Major Advising Form and Declaration of Major for the B.A. or B.S. Degree form from The College of Arts and Sciences. You may download the Declaration of Major Advising Form. The Declaration of Major Form can be found in Garrett Hall. All forms are also available in 530 New Cabell Hall.
- Complete the top portion of the Declaration of Major Advising Form and Declaration of Major form.
- Make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Programs, listed below.
- Bring the following items to your meeting with
the DUP: Declaration of
Major Advising Form and College of Arts and Sciences
Declaration of Major Form.
- Submit all forms and copies to the appropriate parties (as indicated on the bottom of the forms).
Advisor (Director of Undergraduate