Major: Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies


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Near Eastern Studies major programs prerequisitesThe student must select one of four programs: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS); Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS); Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS); or Near Eastern Civilizations (NEC)

Prerequisite to the Majors

All Near Eastern Studies majors must complete the prerequisite course ACABS 100 / AAPTIS 100 / HJCS 100 / HISTORY 132: Peoples of the Middle East.

Requirements for the Majors

The student must select one of four divisions in Near Eastern Studies in which to pursue a major. Three divisions with special language requirements are: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS); Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS); or Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS). Each of the three divisions provides specific programs to enhance the focus of the major. The department also offers a general studies major in Near Eastern Civilizations (NEC), a major without the language component of other program majors. A major in the department requires completion of course work in four categories: the prerequisite courses, the required language courses, the divisional elective courses and the optional elective or cognate courses. The divisions and their programs are described below. Near Eastern Studies also offers minors in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Early Christian Studies.

All Near Eastern Studies majors must complete a minimum of thirty hours of major credit in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures and religions of the region. In addition, each concentrator must select two additional courses from offerings other than those provided by the division of major. Both cognate courses must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies and the student's department advisor. The student must maintain at least a grade of a  C in each term of a required major language. Those courses for which a student receives a lesser grade must be repeated.

Honors Plan

Majors who qualify as candidates for Honors in Near Eastern Studies are those who meet the requirements for a regular major, maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 overall and 3.5 in the major, and complete the writing of a senior thesis with distinction. Honors majors are required to enroll in the thesis course (498) both semesters of their senior year, for not less than three or more than six credits per semester. Further information concerning the Honors major can be obtained at the departmental office or the Honors Program Office (1330 Mason Hall).

 

Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish & Islamic Studies (AAPTIS) (Fall '97-SU '15)

May be elected as a departmental major  

Effective Fall 1997 -Summer 2015  (name change effective Fall 1998)

The division of Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS) offers instruction at the introductory to the advanced levels in medieval and modern Arabic, Armenian, Persian, and Turkish languages and literatures. Courses in the histories and cultures of select regions represented by these language groups are also offered as are a wide range of topics in Islamic studies. The concentrator in AAPTIS can select from one of five options within the division designed to meet the special interests of the student: Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, or Islamic Studies.

Prerequisite to Major

All Near Eastern Studies majors must complete the prerequisite course AAPTIS 100: Peoples of the Middle East.

Requirements for the major

A concentrator in AAPTIS must complete four terms of a single language. Fourth-term proficiency in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, or Turkish satisfies the language requirement of the College of LS&A. These majors must also select five other courses in the languages, literatures, linguistics, histories, cultures, and religions most closely related to their language of choice. Two of the five courses must be at the 400-level or above. The concentrator must complete two cognate courses outside the division of major. These courses must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies and the department advisor. Students in Islamic Studies must either concentrate on Arabic (four terms) or complete two terms of Arabic and two terms of Armenian, Persian, or Turkish depending on their area of focus.

The student should consult with the Department of Near Eastern Studies director of undergraduate studies and the department advisor in selecting the appropriate major program. Please contact the departmental secretary to make an appointment with the department advisor.

Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies (APTIS) (Fall 1994-Summer 1997) +

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Effective Fall 1994-Summer 1997 


The division of Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies (APTIS) offers instruction at the introductory to the advanced level in medieval and modern Arabic, Persian, and Turkish languages and literatures. Courses in the histories and cultures of select regions represented by these language groups are also offered as are a wide range of topics in Islamic studies. The concentrator in APTIS can select from one of four options within the division designed to meet the special interests of the student: Arabic, Persian, Turkish or Islamic Studies.

A concentrator in APTIS must complete four terms of a single language or three terms of intensive language training. Fourth term proficiency in Arabic, Persian, or Turkish satisfies the language requirement of the College of LS&A. APTIS concentrators must also select five other courses in the languages, literatures, linguistics, histories, cultures and religions most closely related to their language of choice. Two of the five courses must be at the 400 level or above. The concentrator must complete two elective cognate courses outside the division of concentration. These courses must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies and the concentration advisor. Students in Islamic Studies must take Arabic, since most pertinent texts are in that language.

The student should consult with the director of undergraduate studies and the faculty advisor in selecting the appropriate concentration program. The concentration advisors for the BA degree in the Division of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies are:

* Arabic, Professor Raji Rammuny

* Persian, Professor Gernot Windfuhr

* Turkish, Professor James Stewart-Robinson

* Islamic Studies, Professor Michael Bonner

Islamic Studies or Arabic or Turkish or Iranian (through Summer 1994) +

Effective through Summer 1994.   In Fall 1994, these four majors were replaced with the new major in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies

Requirements for the Majors. Near Eastern Studies offers majors in Ancient and Biblical Studies, Hebrew Studies, Islamic Studies, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. These program majors require a minimum of 30 credits and are described below. A double major is possible for students interested in both Near Eastern Studies and another academic department.

Honors Plan. The Honors plan  is open to second-term juniors who have obtained the permission of the major and Honors advisors. Candidates for Honors in Near Eastern Studies must meet all requirements for a regular major. In each of the last two terms they will take Near East 497 (Senior Honors Thesis) leading to the writing of a thesis. Further details are available in the departmental office.

Prerequisites to the majors in Arabic, Iranian, and Turkish: NES 101; Arabic 201 and 202; Iranian 201 and 202; or Turkish 201 and 202. Religion 201 is recommended. Requirements for the major: a minimum of 30 credits, including Arabic 401 and 402, or Iranian 401 and 402, or Turkish 401 and 402; Near Eastern Studies 445 and 446; four courses from at least two of the following areas: Near Eastern Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, and Islamic Studies, and two Near Eastern cognate courses.

Arabic. The Arabic program leads to the A.B. in Arabic literature and linguistics of the contemporary and medieval periods. It is linked with offerings in Islamic Studies and Near Eastern history and cooperates with other disciplinary units such as linguistics and comparative literature. Professional and research interests of the faculty in Arabic include modern Arabic literature and its role in Arab society; medieval Arabic literature and its role in Islam; literary analysis; translation; Arabic linguistics and dialectology; and the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language. Every attempt is made to design programs of study to fit the particular needs of individual students, as well as to prepare them for academic, government, business, and other professional employment.

Iranian. The Iranian program involves in-depth study of classical and contemporary Persian literature, Persian history, Persian and Iranian linguistics, and Kurdish. Independent study courses are available in Old Persian, Avestan, and other areas not offered on a regular basis. This program is supported by courses in the departments of anthropology, history, political science, history of art, and economics. Professional and research interests of the faculty include literary history, literary theory and criticism, historiography, linguistics and dialectology, and Iranian religion. While the program chiefly prepares students for an academic career, multidisciplinary programs of study can be arranged for students interested in business and government employment.

Turkish. This program educates students in Ottoman or modern Turkish language and culture. Supplementary instruction is given in related dialects of Azeri and Chagatay. Appropriate courses in the departments of anthropology, comparative literature, history, history of art, linguistics, and political science support the program. Students may also choose independent study courses to ensure complete coverage of a particular program of studies when established courses are not offered on a regular basis. Literary history and criticism, translation, and several aspects of cultural study are among the research interests of the faculty. The program prepares students for academic, government, and business employment.

 

 

Islamic Studies 

In the area of Islamic studies the department offers a number of courses and advanced seminars pertaining to Islamic civilization, history, and religion. In addition to a general survey course on Islam, offerings are available in Islamic history, law, theology, mysticism, philosophy, and Qur'nic exegesis. Seminars require extensive use of original Arabic sources and hence develop essential skills required for research.

Prerequisites to the major in Islamic Studies are NES 101 and Arabic 101 and 102. Requirements for the major: a minimum of 30 credits, including Arabic 421, 422, Near Eastern Studies 204, 488, 489, and one course from each of the following areas or three courses from two of the areas: Religion 201; Near Eastern Studies 442; Near Eastern Studies 445. Major courses are to be elected after consultation with the department advisor.

 


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