The Asian and Middle East Studies joint major provides a structured yet flexible curriculum to enable students to focus their work on the region while acquiring a solid methodological grounding in an academic discipline. Students must fulfill all the requirements of the departmental major, in addition to the specific requirements of the Asian and Middle East Studies Program as described below. The Senior Exercise will follow the requirements of the joint department and will focus on the area of Asia and the Middle East in which the student’s relevant language and study-abroad requirements were fulfilled. (Unlike in a double major, in a joint major there is only one Senior Exercise.) Double-counting of courses for the departmental major and for the Asian and Middle East Studies Program is permitted.
More information about the joint major requirements is outlined in the academic course catalog.
The concentration in Asian Studies enables students to integrate their studies of the histories, cultures and societies of Asia in a comparative and interdisciplinary format. It comprises three elements: (1) at least one year of language study; (2) 1.5 units of coursework in at least two departments other than Modern Languages and Literatures and representing at least two regions of Asia and the Middle East; and (3) the senior seminar.
More information about the concentration requirements is outlined in the academic course catalog.