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The Bachelor of Arts in African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures is open to students admitted to and enrolled in any of the campuses and schools in Rutgers-New Brunswick.

The Major requires the successful completion of at least 33 credit hours, with the first two years of language study/proficiency as a prerequisite. The Major has two options:

Regional Option

This option is designed to allow students to explore in depth one of the literatures offered by AMESALL within the context of the region or regions in which it is most common.  All majors must take 01:013:201 (Classical Literatures of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia).  Majors choosing this option must take at least 6 credits of language courses at the advanced level.  Regional option majors must also take 01:013:211 (Literatures of Africa) or 01:013:221 (Literatures of the Middle East) or 01:013:231 (Literatures of South Asia), whichever is most appropriate to their language of expertise.  They must take 21 credits of additional literature, sociolinguistics or linguistics courses offered by the department on the region of their concentration, 12 of which must be at the 300-level or above.

Comparative Option

This option is designed to allow students to engage in comparative work among the three regions represented under AMESALL.  All majors must take 01:013:201 (Classical Literatures of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia).  Majors choosing this option must demonstrate intermediate level or higher proficiency in one of the languages of the three regions, either through coursework or placement.  Comparative option majors must also take at least 6 credits of a second language at the advanced level.  Majors in the Comparative option must also take 01:013:211 (Literatures of Africa) and 01:013:221 (Literatures of the Middle East) and 01:013:231 (Literatures of South Asia).  They must take 15 credits of additional literature, sociolinguistics or linguistics courses offered by the department, 12 of which must be at the 300-level or above.

Majors in both options are highly encouraged to join a study abroad program before graduation. Depending on the curriculum of the specific Study Abroad Program, Majors could fulfill up to 8 credits of language/literature requirements through the study abroad experience.

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