The Asian and Middle East Studies Program accommodates the diverse levels of preparation and interests of students attracted to the study of Asia and the Middle East. A student may pursue Asian and Middle East Studies either briefly or extensively. Many individual courses, notably 100- and 200-level courses, but also many 300-level courses, are designed for students with no background in Asian and Middle East Studies. Students may elect such courses freely, using them either as electives or in fulfillment of appropriate requirements of their study programs.
Majors, adjunct majors, and minors are offered both in Asian languages and civilizations and in Middle East languages and civilizations. While concentrating on the Middle East or Asia, students are able to do some comparative work. Study of a relevant language is required for the stand alone majors and encouraged but not required for the adjunct majors and the minors.
Approved courses are listed on the Asian and Middle East studies web site. Students should speak to the Asian and Middle East Studies Program director to plan a program to meet their individual needs and interests.
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Office Location: Department of History, Harris Hall
Spring quarter Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00
The strength of Asian and Middle East Studies at Northwestern lies in the number and quality of the faculty who are Asian and Middle East specialists, the variety of courses they offer, the scholarly resources of the library, and the many visiting speakers. In addition, students can enjoy the off-campus educational resources of Chicago, including the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Art Institute's collection of East Asian art, the Oriental Institute's collection of ancient Near Eastern artifacts, the Field Museum's oriental collections, and Asian drama and musical productions that periodically pass through Chicago. Chicago also offers many Asia- and Middle East-related recreational activities, notably restaurants, movie theaters, and stores specializing in Asian and Middle Eastern products.