Middle East Major

Requirements: 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 must be at the 300 level or above in one of the following Middle Eastern languages
    • Arabic
    • Hebrew
    • Turkish
    • Persian
  • May take courses in additional language of the region
  • Courses at the 100 level may not count toward major

NOTE: Students whose competence in a language exceeds the most advanced language course offered by the department may substitute for literature/culture courses in their area of concentration. Please contact language coordinators to schedule a placement test.  

Middle East Literature/Culture Courses: 3 to 7 Courses

  • Distribution of courses: at least one course at the 100 level, at least one course at the 200-300 level, and at least one course at the 400 level and above.
  • Must be in the literatures and cultures of the Middle East (Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Persian)
  • 3 of these must be taken in AMES

Literature/Culture Courses outside of Middle East Region: may take 1 to 2 Courses

  • Must be focused on another region (i.e. either Hindi or East Asia)
  • Must be at the 100 level or above
  • Must be taken in AMES 

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