Kristen Brustad, Chair WMB 6.102, 306 Inner Campus Drive F9400, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3881
B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and CulturesThe new MELC major Allows students to pursue a range of interests in the languages and cultures of the Middle East, including study of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. It emphasizes the acquisition of a Middle Eastern language as well as cultural studies, with particular strengths in literature, material culture, art history, and music. This model encourages us all to look beyond the boundaries of language and nation that sometimes obscure our view of the Middle East as a region with a shared past, present, and future.
The MELC major has two tracks:
- Literatures and Cultures: the Lit/Culture track gives students the opportunity to gain deep cultural understanding of the Middle East as a region. Students may choose to focus on a particular cultural area within the Middle East, or study different literatures and cultures comparatively.
- Language: the Languages track focuses on in-depth study of one or two languages of the Middle East, situated within their cultural environment.