Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare her major before the end of her sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.
The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.
The Program in Middle Eastern Studies offers a concentration focusing on the study of the area from Morocco to Afghanistan from antiquity to the present day. Bryn Mawr students can investigate the history, politics, and cultures of the Middle East through coursework, independent study, study abroad, and events here and at neighboring institutions.
The members of the Middle Eastern Studies Program assist students to plan coursework and independent study, including independent majors in Middle Eastern Studies.
There are two tracks to Middle East Studies Concentration; one requires study or competence in a Middle Eastern language, the other does not.
The first track consists of six courses in the Humanities or Social Sciences that focus on the ancient and modern Middle East distributed in the following manner:
A basic course that offers a broad introduction to the region and its peoples. When available, students should take Introduction to Middle East Studies (HIST 234) at Bryn Mawr. When this course is not available, students will select a comparable introductory course in consultation with their advisor.
Three elective Middle Eastern topic courses, including at least one at the 300 level, in a specific area to be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor. This area might be defined in terms of conceptual, historical, or geographical interests and, in many cases, will be connected to work in the student's major.
Two additional Middle Eastern topic courses, at least one of which must be in either the Humanities or Social Sciences if a student's work in (1) and (2) does not include one or the other of these.
Of the six courses, at least one must be pre-modern in content, and at least one must be modern in content.
Of the six courses only three may be in the student's major.
The second track consists of language study and other courses. Students opting for this track must take the equivalent of two years of study of a modern Middle Eastern language or pass a proficiency exam in one of these languages, whereby they may also meet the standard set for the A.B. degree for the foreign language requirement. Four additional courses distributed as follows are required for the concentration:
- A basic course that offers a broad introduction to the region and its peoples. When available, students should take Introduction to Middle East Studies (HIST 234) at Bryn Mawr. When this course is not available, students will select a comparable introductory course in consultation with their advisor.
- Three elective Middle Eastern topic courses, which meet the following conditions:
- One course must be in the Social Sciences;
- One course must be in the Humanities;
- At least one course must be at the 300 level to be selected after consultation with the student’s advisor so as to expose the student to in-depth study of the Middle East with a geographic, conceptual, or particular historical focus;
- At least one course in (2) must be pre-modern in content, and at least one course must be modern in content.
- Of the four courses, only two may form a part of the student’s major.
For Middle Eastern languages taught at Bryn Mawr and Haverford, please see the course listings for the Bi-College Program in Arabic and the Bryn Mawr offerings in Hebrew.