Major & Minor
The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) offers the following three program options:
- BA in Asian and Middle Eastern studies with subplans in Chinese studies, Hmong studies, Japanese studies, Korean studies, Middle Eastern studies, and South Asian studies
- Minor in Asian and Middle Eastern studies with subplans in Chinese studies, Hmong studies, Japanese studies, Korean studies, Middle Eastern studies, and South Asian studies
- Certificate in Advanced Chinese
The requirements for the major and minor combine language study and AMES courses that provide a firm grasp of fundamental interpretive and theoretical issues that have defined the fields of Asian and Middle Eastern studies.
A major in Asian and Middle Eastern studies pairs well with other fields of study, such as film and media studies, global studies, history, technology, environmental studies, and business.
Majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad or participate in overseas internships. These experiences strengthen your language skills, deepen your understanding of Asian and Middle Eastern history and culture, and sharpen your awareness of global perspectives. Students travel to cities like Amman, Beijing, Fez, Harbin, Kunming, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai.
Language courses offered in the department from the first year through at least the advanced level (third year) include:
The purpose of the Certificate in Advanced Chinese is to recognize students who have reached an advanced level of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese (ACTFL Advanced, ILR 2), along with training in literary Chinese and cultural literacy.