Declare the African and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) Major

 

Declaring the Major

Click on the blue link above to request to declare the major. You must have all the major preparation coursework completed. For the foreign language requirement, you can declare the major with only the elementary language level completed. Note that students must be in good academic standing (2.0 overall GPA) and have a 2.0 major prep GPA in order to be admitted into the major. All preparation coursework grades must be posted (not in-progress) before submitting the request to declare the major. 

 

Interested in Switching to African and Middle Eastern Studies?

Students admitted to UCLA with a different major can apply to switch into African and Middle Eastern Studies. Please contact our Advising Office for individual details.

 

Interested in Double Majoring with African and Middle Eastern Studies?

With careful planning, students can elect to double major with African and Middle Eastern Studies and a different major. Please contact our Advising Office to set up an individual appointment to review your academic plan.

 

Incoming UCLA Students

Incoming freshmen and transfer students may enter UCLA as a Pre-African and Middle Eastern Studies major. Students can be officially changed to African and Middle Eastern Studies once they complete the preparation coursework for the major. 

Incoming Transfer Students:

Transfer students interested in the African and Middle Eastern Studies major should complete as many preparation courses prior to coming to UCLA as possible, leaving only I A Std 1 to be taken at UCLA during their first Fall Quarter (unless taken during a prior summer term at UCLA).

 

Any additional questions may be directed to the Academic Counseling Offices in Bunche 10254 or 10256.

undergrads@international.ucla.edu

To be admitted to the minor, students must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.00 GPA overall) and have completed all preparation courses for the minor with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in these courses.

Students who have reached 150 overall units will need permission from their College Counseling unit before they can declare the minor. Please contact our Academic Advising office at undergrads@international.ucla.edu, so our office can submit a form on your behalf. 

Please contact our Academic Advising office to declare the minor. 

Magda Yamamoto,

Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor

 

10256 Bunche Hall 

Tel: 310.206.6571

 

Drop-In Hours:

Monday-Friday, 10AM-12PM and 1PM-4PM

 

Email: undergrads@international.ucla.edu 

Katie Osterkamp,

Undergraduate Advisor

 

10254 Bunche Hall 

Tel: 310.206.3571 

 

Drop-In Hours:

Monday-Friday, 10AM-12PM and 1PM-4PM

 

Email: undergrads@international.ucla.edu 



WELCOME to UCLA! 

The International Institute is home to a diverse transfer population, including international, non-traditional, first-generation, and parenting students. Transfer students admitted to UCLA with ANY major are eligible to apply to our majors.


SUMMER ORIENTATION

Please make sure you sign up for summer orientation and attend the Departmental counseling session to learn about major requirements and suggested courses. If you are unable to attend orientation, please contact our office at undergrads@international.ucla.edu. Please note, if you cannot attend orientation, you will be allowed to enroll in classes starting in mid-September.


FUTURE UCLA APPLICANTS

In addition to reviewing Assist.org and UCLA's Admissions page, please review our website and familiarize yourself with our programs.

Transfer students should complete as many major preparation courses prior to coming to UCLA as possible, leaving only International & Area Studies 1 to be taken at UCLA during their first Fall Quarter (unless taken during the prior summer term at UCLA). 


UCLA TRANSFER CENTER

The UCLA Transfer Center connects incoming transfers to the university and provides resources and events to ease the transition to UCLA. Visit the Transfer Center in 128 Kerckhoff Hall or connect with them on Instagram (@bruintransfers) or Facebook (UCLA Transfer Students). Current Transfers are eager to meet you!

Apply to join the Transfer Mentor Program! Each incoming Transfer student will be placed into a group with other incoming transfers and one continuing transfer mentor.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you hold an F1 visa and/or attended high school where instruction was not in English, the foreign language requirement for the major may be waived. Please check with your major counselor at orientation. 

Chat with a current international student! Click below:


ADVISING

For any questions about our majors, please contact our Advising Office at undergrads@international.ucla.edu or sign-up for an appointment on Katie's or Magda's calendar. 

Please note: questions about course transferability will only be addressed once transcripts are posted.

The African and Middle Eastern Studies Major at UCLA requires students to complete the intermediate level of a foreign language spoken in African or the Middle East. In most cases, the intermediate level of a foreign language is equivalent to the completion of the sixth quarter at UCLA (ex. Arabic 102C).


Acceptable Languages:

The African and Middle Eastern Studies Major accepts: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Iranian, and Turkic Languages. For other language requests, please contact the Latin American Studies Advising Office.


Exemptions:

You may be exempted from the Foreign Language requirement for the following reasons:

  •  Completion of a Language Placement Test. Placement Tests are offered through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  •  AP Test credit can be accepted depending on the AP score. Please contact our Advising Office.
  • International Students from an African or Middle Eastern country may be exempt. Please contact our Advising Office.
  • Students who attended a high school were the primary language of instruction was in a language spoken in Africa or the Middle East may be exempt. Please contact our Advising Office.

Students minoring in African and Middle Eastern Studies or African Studies do not have to complete a language requirement.


When declaring the African and Middle Eastern Studies major, completion of the elementary year of the foreign language is acceptable. Completion of the intermediate year of the foreign language must be completed by graduation in order to fulfill all preparation requirements.

ACADEMIC COUNSELING

New advising services due to COVID-19, learn how to reach us remotely!

Virtual Advising is here! Make an Appointment HERE.

Please note, our physical office spaces and phone lines are closed until further notice.


 

Magda Yamamoto

Graduate & Undergraduate Advising

idpgrads@international.ucla.edu (graduate students)

undergrads@international.ucla.edu (undergraduate students)

Bunche Hall 10256

Tel: (310) 206-6571

Appointment Hours: 10am-11am & 3pm-4pm

Schedule a Zoom Appointment on my Calendar HERE!

Olivia Gonzalez 

Undergraduate Advising

undergrads@international.ucla.edu (undergraduate students)

idpgrads@international.ucla.edu (graduate students)

Bunche Hall 10254

Tel: (310) 206-6571

Schedule a Zoom Appointment on my Calendar HERE!

 

 

Mailing Address:

Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487


 

For other questions, please read the following information:

Questions about GE Requirements, unit max, petitions, readmission, etc.

College Academic Counseling (Zoom Drop-in Hours, Phone Appointments, and Message Center)

AAP Counseling - (Message Center, Zoom Appointments)

Honors  - (Email, Message Center) 

 

Questions about registration, fees, Spring classes, etc:

Registrar's Office - view FAQ's

 

Economic & Technological Resources:

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Student Resources for Remote Learning

 

General Information from UCLA:

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Updated 4/15/20