Interregional Major

The interregional track is designed to support students who wish to study more than one language or culture and to pursue cross- and inter-regional research.

Requirement: 10 Courses

Of the 10 courses, 8 must be at the 200 level or above. These courses should be distributed as follows:

Language Courses: 3 to 6 Courses

  • At least 2 of these must be at the 300 level or above in 1 AMES language
  • At least 1 must be at the 200 level or above in a language corresponding to another region covered by the department
  • Introductory language courses will not count toward the major

NOTE: 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.

Literature/Culture Courses: 4 to 7 Courses

  • Distribution of courses: at least one at the 100 level, at least one at the 200-300 level, and at least one at the 400 level and above.
  • Must be in the 2 regions of concentration (at least 1 course in each region)

Senior portfolio

On their final semester, AMES majors should turn in a "senior portfolio." The dossier is a capstone that recognizes your work and expertise in the language and culture you chose to work on. It will aid your search for a job and/or application for graduate programs. Most of the documents requested for the dossier are materials you have generated already in your regular coursework. The portfolio includes:

  • Short Reflective Essay:

To introduce the materials in the portfolio, write a brief, 3-pages (or more) essay reflecting on your experience at AMES: What was your experience in AMES? What have you learned? What surprised you? Did you travel to Asia and the Middle East as part of your studies? How has your time abroad shaped your understanding of the language and culture you have studied? How has your view of the world and of yourself changed?

  • Coursework and related curricular and extracurricular pursuits:

List courses you have taken as part of your studies of the language and culture of your choice; also indicate other, related pursuits such as a semester abroad, Duke Engage, internship, sustained involvement in non-profit work, and more. Include prizes you have received in the course of your studies.

  • Papers

Honors thesis (if produced)

Research papers you have written for an AMES class or an independent study with AMES faculty (revised if you like)

You may include papers you have written in an AMES language for any of your classes.

  • Creative work

Have you produced creative work for your AMES classes: poem or short fiction, essays, dramatic piece, music clip, film, painting, sculpture, game or any other object? Please include it (a photo in the case of a physical object) with a brief description

  • Translations

Have you been engaged in substantive translation projects, including interpretation/dubbing for one of your AMES courses or in other courses using your AMES languages? Please include these:

  • Publications

Any academic, artistic, journalistic or other publications


Example of a Course Plan for Interregional Concentration:

Language of one region:
CHINESE 203—Intermediate Chinese
CHINESE 204—Intermediate Chinese
CHINESE 305—Advanced Intermediate Chinese
CHINESE 306—Advanced Chinese II

Language of a second region
ARABIC 203—Intermediate Arabic
ARABIC 204—Intermediate Arabic

Literature and Culture
AMES 333—Traffic in Women: Cultural Perspectives on Prostitution in Modern China
AMES 335—Chinatowns: A Cultural History
AMES 422S—Middle East Women Writers
AMES 431—Modern Chinese Cinema