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Dome of the Rock, Temple Mount, and Western Wall in  Jerusalem

There are two tracks for students interested in minoring in Middle East Studies at Smith. On a student’s transcript, either track will be listed as “Minor: Middle East Studies”

1. Requirements for the Minor in Middle East Studies

Six semester courses are required for the minor in Middle East studies:

Only the second semester of the beginner's language sequence counts as one of the six courses required for the minor, though students may earn course credit toward her overall Smith degree requirements for the full year.

Additional language study of Arabic and Hebrew at the intermediate and advanced levels at Smith or within the Five College Consortium is strongly encouraged. Students may apply to the Middle East Studies Committee for funding of summer language study (e,g., Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, Turkish).

Apart from language classes, no more than two courses may be taken from the same department or program, and normally no more than three courses can be taken away from Smith.

Courses taken at area institutions or abroad may count towards the minor; please consult an adviser from the program. Courses taken in fulfillment of the minor must be taken for a letter grade; students who elect to take a course S/U may not count that course towards the major.

Students who wish to conduct independent research may approach her adviser for permission to enroll in MES 400 (Special Studies). MES 400 is a research intensive course, available only to qualified juniors and seniors, and would serve as one of the electives.

Courses taken towards the minor in Middle East Studies or the minor in Arabic must be taken for a lettr grade.  Courses taken for an S/U grade do not count towards the minor.

2. Requirements for the Minor in Arabic

Six semester courses are required for the minor in Arabic

Self-Designed Majors

Smith College does not offer a major in Middle East Studies.

Students have the option of designing a self-designed major pursuant to the guidelines and approval of the Subcommittee on Honors and Independent Programs (SHIP).

Students interested in this option work with an adviser from the Program in Middle East Studies in designing a major and should keep in mind the following broad guidelines: