MESA Minor Requirements

MESA Studies (7 courses)

A minor in Middle East and South Asia Studies requires the completion of seven courses (at least 21 credits). In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must use at least nine credits not also used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor. No more than two language courses can count toward this minor. Students should regularly consult with the Program Director about course substitutions due to changes in departmental offerings, and courses taken abroad. Course requirements: 2

  1. Gateway course: One course introducing the MESA area through comparative, broad- scale consideration of cultural processes, chosen from among the following: HIST 170, 171; MESA 195; REL 130, 283.
  2. Distribution: 3 additional courses (9-11 credits) selected from the following, with at least one course from at least two of the following three areas. Additional courses may be used when the topic is relevant and the program director approves in advance:
    1. Art History and Literature: ARTH 140, 141, 242, 243, 245, 246, 342, 343; LIT 273; REL 273, or, when appropriate, LIT 295 (on a MESA-related topic);
    2. Other Humanities (no more than two of which can be ARAB or SKT): ARAB 111, 112, 161, 162, 211, 212; HIST 170, 171; REL 101, 102, 106, 130, 131, 132, 231, 250, , 283, 335, 350, 381; SKT 101, 102, 201, 202, 301; or, when appropriate, REL 260 (on a MESA-related topic);
    3. Social Sciences: ECON 246, POL 384, REL 222, 246; or, when appropriate, ECON 276, 295, 395; POL 274, 396.
  3. Further Courses: Two additional 3-4-credit courses from MESA course offerings.
  4. Capstone Experience: MESA 393 (3 credits), taken after the completion of all other requirements, culminates in a major research paper on a topic proposed by the student and approved by the program director and supervising faculty adviser. The process includes participation in four capstone workshops over the course of the term and a participation in the final project presentations.

MESA Studies with Language Emphasis (7 courses)

A minor in Middle East and South Asia Studies with Language Emphasis requires the completion of seven courses (at least 21 credits). In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must use at least nine credits not also used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor. Students should regularly consult with the Program Director about course substitutions due to changes in departmental offerings, and courses taken abroad. Course requirements:

  1. Gateway course: One course introducing the MESA area through comparative, broad- scale consideration of cultural processes, chosen from among the following: HIST 170, 171; MESA 195; REL 130, 283.
  2. Distribution: Three additional courses (at least nine 9 credits) selected from the following, with at least one course from at least two of the following three areas. Additional courses may be used when the topic is relevant and the program director approves in advance:
    1. Art History and Literature: ARTH 140, 141, 242, 243, 245, 246, 342, 343; LIT 273; REL 273, or, when appropriate, LIT 295 (on a MESA-related topic);
    2. Other Humanities: REL 101, 102, 106, 131, 132, 231, 250, 260 (on a MESA- related topic), 335, 350, 381; or, when appropriate, REL 260 (on a MESA-related topic);
    3. Social Sciences: ECON 246, POL 384, REL 222, 246; or, when appropriate, ECON 276, 295, 395; POL 274, 396.
  3. Language: Three additional 3-4-credit courses earned by completing through term five in one MESA-relevant language. The first two terms of language study are not applicable to the minor:
    1. Arabic: successful completion of ARAB 211 or its equivalent.
    2. Sanskrit: successful completion of SKT 301 or its equivalent.
    3. Other MESA-relevant languages (e.g., Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu, or potentially other languages) can be studied elsewhere (e.g., intensive language programs at other universities; language study abroad) and can be considered by the Program Director for credit towards the MESA Studies with Language Emphasis.

The language component will conclude, as part of ARAB 211 or SKT 301, with a fifth- term project, in which each student will read sources in Arabic or Sanskrit, as well as relevant secondary literature, and write a paper that will include discussion of how the topic relates to the larger concerns of MESA studies. Those writing a fifth-term project paper will participate in the regular capstone workshops with capstone paper writers, and will give an oral presentation on their work. Those who complete their fifth term of language study off-campus without completing a fifth-term project will need to complete the project at W&L.