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Program requirements for students who registered for MES in Fall 2009 and after

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The Middle East Studies Program is designed for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary program of study focusing on the Middle East since the rise of Islam. Courses offered include language, history, religion and philosophy, political science and anthropology. From these are drawn combinations which make up the Major and Minor Concentrations, Honours and Joint Honours in Middle East Studies.

Students wishing to pursue a program in Middle East Studies must consult a Program Adviser each year to devise a suitable program. Failure to consult an adviser could lead to a delay in completing program requirements. Students wishing to have courses taken at other universities counted as satisfying program requirements must bring copies of their transcripts and course syllabi to the Program Adviser.


MINOR CONCENTRATION IN MIDDLE EAST STUDIES

(Expandable) (18 credits)

Complementary Courses - (18 credits)

A total of 18 credits, consisting of:

  • 6 credits in History core courses
  • 6 credits in Religion and Philosophy (including at least 3 credits in core courses)
  • 6 credits in Social Sciences

For the most up-to-date list of eligible courses, see Undergraduate courses


MINOR CONCENTRATION IN MIDDLE EAST LANGUAGES

(Expandable) (18 credits)

Complementary Courses - (18 credits)

18 credits of Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish), either:

  • all 18 credits (3 levels) in one language
  • or 12 credits (2 levels) in one language and 6 credits (1 level) in another language

For the most up-to-date list of eligible courses, see Undergraduate courses


MAJOR CONCENTRATION IN MIDDLE EAST STUDIES

(36 credits)

Required Course - (3 credits)

MEST 495 Middle East Studies:Res Sem 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Complementary Courses
- (33 credits)

  • 12 credits (2 levels) in one Middle East language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish). (In the case of Arabic, the first two levels involve 15 credits. The extra 3 credits will be counted towards the remainder of the program requirements.)
  • 21 credits in Middle East Studies distributed as follows (18 credits if Arabic has been chosen):
    • 6 - 9 credits listed under the heading of History (including at least 6 credits in core courses)
    • 6 - 9 credits listed under the heading of Religion and Philosophy (including at least 6 credits in core courses)
    • 3 - 6 credits listed under the heading of Social Sciences

For the most up-to-date list of eligible courses, see Undergraduate courses


HONOURS IN MIDDLE EAST STUDIES

(60 credits)

The Honours program involves 60 credits in Middle East Studies.

Required Courses - (6 credits)

MEST 495 Middle East Studies:Res Sem 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


MEST 496 Independent Reading & Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Complementary Courses
- (54 credits)

  • 18 - 21 credits (3 levels) in one Middle Eastern language
  • 9 - 15 credits listed under the heading of History (including at least 9 credits in core courses)
  • 9 - 15 credits listed under the heading of Religion and Philosophy (including at least 6 credits in core courses)
  • 6 - 12 credits listed under the heading of Social Sciences

For the most up-to-date list of eligible courses, see Undergraduate courses

Honours students must maintain a program GPA of 3.30 in their Middle East Studies courses. According to Faculty regulations, Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00.


JOINT HONOURS – MIDDLE EAST STUDIES COMPONENT

(36 credits)

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Required Course - (3 credits)

MEST 495 Middle East Studies:Res Sem 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Complementary Courses
- (33 credits)

  • Language: 12 credits (2 levels) in one Middle East language (in the case of Arabic, the first two levels involve 15 credits. The extra 3 credits will be counted toward the remainder of the program).
  • Middle East Studies: 21 credits (18 if Arabic has been chosen), distributed as follows:
    • 6 - 9 credits listed under the heading of History (including at least 6 credits in core courses)
    • 6 - 9 credits listed under the heading of Religion and Philosophy (including at least 6 credits in core courses)
    • 3 - 6 credits listed under the heading of Social Sciences
  • At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level or above.*
    *This can include MEST 495, but does not include language courses.

For the most up-to-date list of eligible courses, see Undergraduate Courses.

Joint Honours students must maintain a program GPA of 3.30 in their Middle East Studies courses. According to Faculty regulations, Joint Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00.