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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science - Middle Eastern Studies Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science - Middle Eastern Studies Concentration

Tufts University

Medford - Somerville Campus, Medford, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
The degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science is conferred on all students who complete this program. Students whose major concentration is applied mathematics, applied physics, astrophysics, biochemistry, biology, biopsychology, chemical physics, chemistry, cognitive and brain Sciences, computer science, engineering psychology, environmental studies (as second major only), geological sciences, geology, mathematics, and physics are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Those majoring in psychology, psychology/clinical and quantitative economics may choose to receive the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts at the time they complete their degree sheet. Students in all other majors will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students whose multiple majors make them eligible for either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree may choose between the two when completing their degree sheet. The Middle Eastern Studies Major has recently been modified in respect of the course requirements, with particular reference to the language requirement, which has been relaxed. Students who matriculate in fall 2014 will have to conform to the new revised requirements. Students who matriculated in fall 2013 or earlier may choose to conform to the old requirements or the new ones as they prefer. The Middle Eastern Studies major comprises twelve courses: Four courses of a Middle Eastern language, (level 3-4, or equivalent). Students who have demonstrated language competence through level 3-4 by a placement test must take two advanced language courses and either two semesters of a second Middle Eastern language or two other courses listed in section ii. Six courses in Middle Eastern studies—chosen in consultation with an advisor—from an approved list updated by the Middle Eastern Studies program annually. Three courses must be chosen from each of the following two groups: Art history, religion, literature, Judaic studies, music, and Anthropology, history, political science. These courses must include at least one course in pre-modern and one course in modern Middle Eastern studies. They must also include one course in each of two Middle Eastern cultures. Two of these courses may be more advanced language courses (21-22 and beyond). One course that relates the Middle East to other regions of the world. One advanced research course, such as thesis honors, a seminar, or advanced directed study. Middle Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary program that encourages breadth in coursework and significant immersion in one or more Middle Eastern cultures. The program gives students an opportunity to study the history and culture of the Middle East, as well as areas of the world whose territories were part of Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilizations in pre-modern and modern times. MES Majors should: Attain an advanced level of language proficiency in either Hebrew or Arabic. Acquire an understanding of the region from anthropological, historical, and political perspectives. Investigate one Middle Eastern culture in depth through the study of literature, religion, music, and art history. Be able to understand the Middle East in a comparative perspective and a global context. Synthesize information in an area where they have developed some background in previous courses, through a seminar, thesis, or advanced independent study. Demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills on the Middle East. Draw and assess data from textual sources, including literary works, historical texts, films, journalism, and non-traditional media.