Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
The Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures program offers a terminal master's degree in the following core area within the Department:
- Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language
The MELC program trains students in research methods for independent investigation, and helps students build the linguistic, textual, and writing skills necessary for academic and professional careers. In consultation with a faculty supervisor or mentor, students design a coherent program of study comprised of 8-9 courses, all or most of which are graduate seminars. In the second year of study, students take six hours of thesis coursework or, in rarer cases, a three-hour report course (typically for PhD-track students in literature whose report is done in the form of a publishable article). The MA degree is awarded upon completion of the degree requirements and the supervisor’s and 2nd reader's approvals of the MA thesis/report. This PDF document outlines the primary differences between a thesis and report.
A Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures requires 30 hours of coursework, including 6 hours of thesis coursework, or 3 hours of the report course, culminating in an accepted MA thesis/report. Please see this page if you're considering the PhD program upon completion of the MA.
MA with thesis (30 hours):
- 12 hours of disciplinary coursework in the field of concentration;
- 12 hours of coursework chosen in consultation with a faculty mentor;
- 6 hours of thesis coursework.
MA with report (30 hours):
- 12 or 15 hours of disciplinary coursework in the field of concentration;
- 12 or 15 hours of coursework chosen in consultation with a faculty mentor;
- 3 hours of report coursework.
Because scholarship in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures requires a high degree of language proficiency, students normally complete a Master of Arts in the area of concentration before acceptance into the PhD program. If you possess a bachelors degree and your long term goals include our doctoral program, please indicate this on your application, which asks: "initial degree sought" (MA) and "ultimate degree sought" (PhD). Indicate MA for both questions if you intend to complete only the master's degree. In exceptional cases, extensive study outside a master's program may be taken into account by the Graduate Admissions Committee. For students specializing in a living language tradition, advanced proficiency in the language of concentration is required.
Admission to the master's program in TAFL requires a bachelor's degree in a Middle Eastern or related field and demonstrated language proficiency and academic writing abilities in English. Students of living languages are expected to have completed at least three years of college-level language study, or the equivalent, and to have reached at least advanced-low on a nationally recognized scale.
All students must maintain a minimum 3.50 GPA in order to remain in good standing. If a student happens to fall between a 3.00 - 3.50 in a given semester, he/she will enter probation and have one semester to bring their grades back above a 3.50. Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the program. Students must possess at least a 3.50 in order to graduate from the program.