Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures: Arabic & Hebrew Studies, BA

The major in Arabic and Hebrew Studies explores the interrelationships between Arab and Hebrew cultures in the context of the modern and medieval Middle East. Emphasis includes facility in Arabic and/or Hebrew language, alongside courses in history, literature, and cultures of the medieval and modern Middle East.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.


For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Language Requirement
Select 6 course units of Language Requirement 26
Breadth Requirement
MELC 0001/ANCH 0100/HIST 0730Introduction to the Ancient Middle East1
MELC 0002Introduction to the Middle East1
Concentration Requirements 3
Select 5 course units of Concentration Requirement (Attribute ANAH) 5
Select 1 course unit of Concentration Paper1
Total Course Units34

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


This requirement may be split: 4 course units of one language (Arabic or Hebrew) and two years of the other.


May focus on either Medieval or Modern Periods, to be chosen in consultation with the major advisor. NOTE: No more than one PSCI class may be taken as an elective.


Required: A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in major related courses.

MELC 4995Senior Conference1
MELC 4999Independent Study1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.