Requirements for the MESAS Major

students studyingThe Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies offers a Humanities based area studies major that allows for two tracks, a Middle East Track and a South Asia Track, which come together at the junior year to form a single, comparative major. Students who complete the major will have the knowledge, languages and analytic tools to pursue employment or advanced study of the region.

  1. Two years study of one of the languages of the Middle East or South Asia (Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Tibetan), e.g., 101-102 and 201-202; or 201-202 and 301-302; or other sequence of language study.
  2. Two area-specific core courses: MESAS 100 OR MESAS 102; and MESAS 200 OR MESAS 202.
  3. One common comparative course, MESAS 300, which brings the two tracks together.
  4. MESAS 490SWR, common senior seminar for MESAS majors only by petition.
  5. Four additional courses that focus primarily on the Middle East and South Asia (to be chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies).
  6. Students must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies at least once each semester for advising and course approval before registering for classes.

The following chart illustrates the typical flow of the required core courses through the four years of the MESAS undergraduate major:

Year Middle East Track South Asia Track Comparative Courses Languages and Electives
1 MESAS 100
Introduction to the Middle East
MESAS 102
Introduction to South Asia
Language 101-102,
or other sequence
2 MESAS 200
Interpreting the Middle East
MESAS 202
South Asian History and Identity
Language 201-202,
or other sequence
3 MESAS 300
Beyond Borders:
Imagining the Middle East and South Asia
2 Elective Courses
4 MESAS 490 SWR
Senior Seminar
in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies
2 Elective Courses

Requirements for the Arabic Studies Major

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies also offers a major focusing on Arabic Studies.  Requirements for this major are as follows:

1. Four years of coursework in Arabic language.

2. Two courses in Arabic linguistics and/or Arabic literature.

3. One course relating to culture in the Arab world.

The chart below shows a typical schedule for completing the requirements for the Arabic Studies major:

  Year     Language Courses   Linguistics and/or
  Literature Courses 
 Culture Course   
1 ARAB 101-102
2 ARAB 201-202 1 course relating to
Arab culture
3 ARAB 301-302 1 course in Arabic
linguistics or literature
4 ARAB 401-402 1 course in Arabic
linguistics or literature



For general questions about the majors, contact:
Tarje Lacy, Program Administrative Assistant
tlacy@emory.edu
404-727-2670

For more specific questions about the majors, contact:
Dr. Scott Kugle, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
skugle@emory.edu
404-727-2916