The Major:

AMES offers majors in nine areas of concentrations:

In one of the following six languages and cultures: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean;

Regional concentrations in one of two regions: The Middle East and East Asia;

An Interregional Concentration.

The AMES major requires a minimum of 10 courses, at least 8 of which must be at the 200 level or above.

These courses should be distributed as follows:

  • 3-6 language courses. 2 courses must be at the 300 level or above. Courses at the 100 level may not count towards the major.
    • Students whose competence in a language exceeds the most advanced language course offered by the department may substitute these courses with literature/culture courses in their area of concentration. Please contact language coordinators to schedule a placement test.
  • 3-5 literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above in the area of concentration. At least 2 courses must have an AMES number.
  • 1-2 literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above outside the area of concentration. These courses must have an AMES number.
  • Courses in the literature and cultures of the same region may not count as “outside of concentration” (e.g. students with Arabic concentration may not count a course on Turkish literature as “outside of concentration”).

Interested in Majoring or Minoring in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies?

Director of Undergraduate Studies:

Associate Professor for Hebrew and Arts of the Moving Image and DUS

224 Franklin Center


Declaring a major or minor in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies contact:

The Academic Advising Center to fill out your long-range plan.

  • phone: 919-684-6217
  • hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
  • email:

For information about academic advising:

Jules Odendahl-James, Ph.D, MFA             Director of Academic Engagement, Arts & Humanities                                                           108 Friedl Building, East Campus

Email:                             Schedule an appt: 919.684.6217

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