When should I declare the Middle East Studies major?
You can declare the Middle East Studies major anytime after you complete MIDEAST 200, however, you are encouraged to come in for an advising appointment as soon as you know that this is your plan so that you and an advisor can begin working on a plan of study.
How do I determine what sub-major to declare?
There are 49 different combinations of sub-major based on what language and discipline you wish to pursue. The language is based on what language you are using to meet the language requirement of the major and the discipline is based on what field you wish to study for the disciplinary requirement. The courses used towards the disciplinary requirement do not have to be directly related to the region of the language you declared. For instance, if you are declared as an Arabic History major you could still use MIDEAST 246: History and Archaeology of Ancient Turkey towards the disciplinary requirement.
Can I declare more than one sub-major?
No. The way that the major is written, students can one only declare one sub-major. Students are required to incorporate other disciplines and encouraged to pursue additional language coursework as part of the elective requirements.
Can I count language credits towards the disciplinary or elective requirement?
No language courses may be used towards the disciplinary requirement. For the elective requirement, no more than one course may be a 300-level or above language course appropriate to the selected sub-major and no more than one elective may be a 200-level or above language course in a second Middle East Studies language.
Can I take a course towards my major/minor as Pass/Fail?
No, except for if the course was taken specifically during Winter 2020, Sp/Su 2020, Fall 2020, or Winter 2021. Outside of these terms, courses taken towards the credits of a major or minor must be taken for a letter grade.
When should I declare the Middle East Studies minor?
A minor can be declared after you have met the prerequisite (taking MIDEAST 200) and have declared a major. We still encourage you to come in to begin speaking about your minor plan so you can incorporate it into your remaining time at U-M appropriately.
Can language courses be used in the Middle East Studies minor?
Yes, up to two semesters of language courses can be used towards the additional coursework of the minor as long as the courses are at the 4th semester above of a modern language (i.e. Arabic, Armenian, Modern Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish) or at the 2nd semester or above of an ancient Middle East language (e.g. Aramaic, Classical Hebrew, Middle Egyptian, Coptic, Hittite, Akkadian, Sumerian, Syriac).
Is declaring a major or minor a reversible decision?
Yes, if you decide that a major or minor in this department is no longer a viable part of your plan, you can "undeclare" the program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can also move from the minor to the major or from the major to the minor.
Do I get a declaration gift?
Yes! After declaring the major or minor, stop by Suite 4111 in the 202 South Thayer Building for your declaration gift!