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Three undergraduate degrees are offered through the Center for and Department of Middle Eastern Studies:

The MELC degree replaces the individual Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish degree plans effective as of the fall 2012 semester. The Islamic Studies and MELC degrees are administered through the Department; the Middle Eastern Studies degree is offered through the Center.

What is the difference between the MELC and MES majors?

The Middle Eastern studies major:

  • An interdisciplinary degree with a regional concentration on the Middle East
  • Combines study of a Middle Eastern language with a survey of courses in history, social sciences, and the arts
  • Intended primarily for those preparing for a career in business, communication, government, information studies, law, the military, or community college teaching

The 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
  • 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
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