UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT LEARNING GOALS
Program Level Goals
For Language Majors:
• Proficiency in speaking, listening, and writing in the designated language.
• Knowledge of the major literary genres and corpora relevant to the designated language.
• Knowledge of the main historical and cultural periods and geographies relevant to the designated language.
For Non-Language Majors:
• the ability to analyze architecture, art, and archaeological sites
• knowledge of the main historical and cultural periods, sites, monuments and geographies relevant to the chosen field
For all majors:
• Familiarity with the entire area of the Middle East from ancient to modern times.
• Awareness of the importance of the Near/Middle East in today’s global society.
• The ability to formulate a well-organized argument, supported by evidence.
• The ability to critically read and analyze scholarship in the field.
• The ability to write and to communicate orally.
Program Goals and Core Curriculum Foundational Courses:
• All majors are required to take MELC 10 Ancient Middle Eastern Worlds, which surveys the Middle East in ancient times and MELC 11 Modern Middle East.
• Language skills are gained in successive stages of language instruction from elementary to intermediate to advanced courses.
• Writing, critical reading, and scholarly argumentation are introduced in L&S Reading and Composition courses in either ancient Middle Eastern texts or modern Middle Eastern texts (R1A and R1B)
Continuing Skills Courses:
• In the Middle Eastern Languages & Literature majors there are a diversity of advanced literature courses offered in the designated language.
• In the Middle Eastern Worlds majors there are comparable advanced upper division courses offered in a range of specialized subjects that include both thematic and area-studies formats.
• Undergraduate seminars offer students the opportunity to work closely with instructors and to examine specialized topics in greater depth.
• Many of our advanced majors take graduate seminars (with the consent of instructors).
• Many of our students study abroad in countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, and Israel, and participate in language and culture programs, as well as archaeological excavations.