New Major! BA in Middle East and North Africa Studies

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October 29th, 2013

On October 2nd the University Council approved Boston University’s newest Bachelor of Arts program, the Interdisciplinary Major in Middle East and North Africa Studies.  The result of a three-year planning effort by a group of faculty specialized in the region, the new major capitalizes on BU’s unusually strong existing offerings in four Middle Eastern languages and many aspects of Middle Eastern and North African culture.

Available to students starting with the class of 2014, the major offers BU undergraduates a coherent grounding in the history, cultures, artistic production, and one or more of the languages of the Middle East and North Africa region (defined for our purposes as comprising the Arabic-, Hebrew-, Persian-, and Turkish-speaking areas of the world).  Requiring three years of language study as well as courses in both humanities and social sciences, this rigorous 11-course major is designed to prepare students for graduate study and for careers in government, international non-governmental organizations, and the private sector by building marketable skills (cultural competence and real linguistic proficiency) as well as intellectual sophistication.  It also fills a gap in BU’s area studies programs, which until now offered majors in European, Asian, and Latin American studies, but not in Middle East and North Africa.

Students interested in declaring the MENA major are encouraged to register for the 1-credit seminar course CAS ME 101: Issues in Middle East and North Africa Studies for Spring 2014.

The major is housed in the CAS Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.  Learn more here!

Additional questions? Please contact Professor Margaret Litvin,