MIDDLE EASTERN and SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES MAJOR
The Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies major is an interdisciplinary major featuring a core of language work and additional coursework in one of two regional concentrations: Middle East or South Asia. Not all concentration courses must be from within MESALC. For instance, a course on Islam in Religious Studies would count towards a concentration in the Middle East or South Asia regions. Current lists of approved concentration courses are posted on the degree program course listings pages by area: Middle East, South Asia (See the Student Information System for current semester course offerings). Students are also encouraged to take MESALC and related courses outside their geographical region of concentration.
- Grade of C or better in each semester through the 2020-level in one of the following:
- For Middle Eastern:
- For South Asian:
- 30 credits in MESALC and related courses, with the following distribution:
- 6 credits of language study at or beyond 3000-level
- Either MEST 4991 or SAST 4911, as appropriate: Fourth-Year Major Seminar -- 3 credits
- 7 courses, each at least 3 credits, in one of two regional concentrations: Middle East
or South Asia; see course listings by area (Middle
Asia) for possible courses. Also see the Student Information System for current listings;
- 1 course must have the mnemonic HIME or HISA, according to the student's concentration
- 1 course must be in a relevant literature (including literature-in-translation courses)
- 1 course from at least 3 different departments
- at least 3 courses must be in one department
- Double majoring is encouraged, but students are reminded that 24 credits in each major must come from courses unique to that major; only two courses may be shared
- Students are reminded that USEM credits do not count toward major requirements;
- A maximum of 12 study abroad and
domestic transfer credits are allowed, with the permission of the major advisor
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 are subject to discontinuation from the major.
- Select a region of concentration
(Middle East or South Asia)
- Review course listings by area
Asia) and the major requirements. The major requirements
are described above or on the Major
Advising Form that you can download or obtain
from the department office in 550 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, but you
must get a paper copy of the College Declaration of
Major form either from Monroe Hall or from the department
office in 550 New Cabell
- Complete the top portions of both
Declaration of Major forms and make
an advising appointment with the Director
of Undergraduate Programs, listed below.
- Bring the following items to your
meeting with the advisor: Declaration of Major Advising
Form, College of Arts ands Sciences Declaration
of Major form, and a list of courses you anticipate
taking to complete the major.
- Submit all forms and copies to
the appropriate parties (as indicated on the bottom
of the forms).
Advisor (Director of Undergraduate