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: 

Succinct Analytical Writing

Write succinct analytical papers on Middle Eastern events or topics in which students situate the event or topic in its broader context (geographical, political, religious, historical, etc.)

Substantive Research Papers

Write substantive research papers which integrate extensive background knowledge and personal experience in the Middle East

Oral Presentation

Explain and analyze Middle Eastern events or topics in significant oral presentations.

Library/Internet Research

Perform skilled library and internet research on Middle Eastern topics

Speaking Proficiency

Speak an Arabic dialect at the ACTFL Advanced Level, demonstrating an ability to negotiate both survival and basic professional situations

Reading Proficiency

Read and understand Arabic newspapers fluently, specifically front page, international page and Arab World page news articles, without the use of a dictionary or other aids.

Arabic Research Sources

Research using Arabic sources.

Gospel principles of respect

Understand and apply gospel principles of appreciation and respect for cultural and religious differences and similarities.

Cultural Proficiency

Exhibit understanding of Middle Eastern culture, humanities, geography, history, politics and religion while studying and living in the Middle East for an extended period of time.