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The Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies requires eight courses, of which at least one course must be from the courses listed under the Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate and one must be on the Muslim Middle East. Additionally, the eight required courses include  

  • Two courses (one full year) or equivalent at the intermediate level (second year) of Hebrew or Modern Standard Arabic (waived if the student demonstrates proficiency). Elementary language courses do not count toward the eight required courses for this certificate.
  • One gateway course
  • One course on historical texts and traditions
  • One course on contemporary society and politics
  • Three electives

Students who are granted a waiver of the language course requirement by the certificate director will take additional electives to complete eight courses toward the certificate. With the approval of the certificate director, one relevant tutorial and two relevant study-abroad courses may count toward the certificate. Normally, no more than two courses from any one department or program may count toward the certificate (this does not apply to language courses or to the gateway course).

Admission to the Certificate.

Students may apply for admission to the certificate at any point in their undergraduate career at Wesleyan. For tracking, advising, and cocurricular purposes, they are encouraged to sign on early. Seniors who wish to obtain the certificate should contact Professor Masters at the start of their spring semester to establish their eligibility. They will need to provide copies of their transcripts for certification.

Interested students should contact Bruce Masters