African & Middle Eastern Studies
The African & Middle Eastern Studies is part of the International & Area Studies program and is designed for students who want to focus their studies on the culture and society of the following subregions: the Middle East, North Africa, the Arab states, or Sub-Saharan Africa.
*Students in the Major are required to achieve intermediate level of any modern foreign language related to the area (e.g., Swahili 6, Arabic 102C, Armenian 102C, 105C, Hebrew 102C, Iranian 102C, Turkic Languages 102C, 112C, 116C).
*Students can declare the major after having completed all preparation courses* with a minimum UC GPA in these courses of 2.00 and at least a grade of "C" or better in the International & Area Studies 1 course.
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African and Middle Eastern Studies Major
The African & Middle Eastern Studies Major consists of 6 preparation courses, the language requirement, and 12 Upper Division classes. Students in the major have options to study abroad, participate in research, and complete internships associated with their major. Some students choose to double-major with other programs on campus, and several choose to add a minor.
African and Middle Eastern Studies Major Requirements Worksheet
How to Declare the Major:
Students can declare the major after completing the 6 preparation courses with a 2.0 GPA and one year of language.* For more information click here.
*Completion of the elementary year of the foreign language is acceptable when applying for the major. Completion of the intermediate year of the foreign language is required to fulfill all preparation requirements, but can be done after being accepted to the major. The minimum prep GPA of 2.00 will still need to be met with the inclusion of this course.
African & Middle Eastern Studies MINOR
The African & Middle Eastern Studies Minor allows students to select from a broad range of courses in various departments to develop professional and methodological skills with area expertise. The minor enables students with an interest in the region to add dimension to their programs.
African and Middle Eastern Studies Minor Requirements Worksheet
To declare the African & Middle Eastern Studies MINOR, please click here.
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AFRICAN STUDIES MINOR
The African Studies Minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of Africa from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective.
African Studies Minor Requirements Worksheet
To declare the African Studies Minor, please click here.
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Adam Moore, Chair, International & Area Studies
Robin L. H. Derby, Ph.D., History
Nile S. Green, Ph.D., History, International Institute
Patrick C. Heuveline, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
Jennifer Jung-Kim, Ph.D., Asian Languages & Cultures
Adam D. Moore, Ph.D., Geography, International Institute
Helen M. Rees, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology
Bonnie Taub, Ph.D., Community Health Sciences, Anthropology
Kevin B. Terraciano, Ph.D., History
Michael Thies, Ph.D., Political Science
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