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First Year @ U-M

Middle East Studies Major and Middle East Languages and Cultures Minor

If you are interested in declaring a major in Middle East Studies, or a minor in Middle East Languages and Cultures, there are several things you can do during your first year at U-M to prepare yourself to declare one of these programs:

1) Consider which Middle East language you would like to study as part of your program, and start taking courses in this language. If you have prior experience studying one of the languages taught within the Department of Middle East Studies, and plan to continue studying this language while at U-M, take a placement test to determine the language course for which you should register.

2) Plan to take the course NEAREAST 200: Introduction to the Middle East in your freshman or sophomore year, if possible. This course is a prerequisite for both the Middle East Studies major and the Middle East Languages and Cultures minor, and is only offered in the Fall semester.

3) Consider attending a Middle East Studies Info Session to learn more about the department and the programs of study offered.

4) Review the requirements for completing the Middle East Studies major or the Middle East Languages and Cultures minor on the MES department website.

5) Make an appointment to speak with an MES advisor regarding your course selections and your interest in Middle East Studies. Advising appointments can be extremely helpful in answering questions, clarifying your path through the program, or getting referrals on to campus resources ideal for a student in Middle East studies. 

6) Check the calendar on the Department of Middle East Studies website to find upcoming campus events that may be relevant to your interests. 

First Year @ U-M for Early Christian Studies Minor

If you are interested in the Early Christian Studies minor offered through the Department of Middle East Studies, there are several things you can do during your first year at U-M to prepare yourself to declare this minor:

1) Begin taking Ancient Greek through the Department of Classical Studies.  

2) Plan to take the course NEAREAST 236: Introduction to the New Testament in your freshman or sophomore year. This course is generally offered in the Winter semester, and is a prerequisite for the Early Christian Studies minor.

3) Review the other Early Christian Studies minor requirements on the MES website.

4) Make an appointment to speak with an MES advisor regarding your course selections and your interest in the Early Christian Studies minor.

5) Check the calendar on the Department of Middle East Studies website to find upcoming campus events that may be relevant to your interests.