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The Major 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 at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

The Major requires two years of language study (or the equivalent proficiency) as a prerequisite, and the successful completion of at least 33 credit hours. It has two options, a Regional option and a Comparative option.

The Regional Option (013)

This option is designed to allow students to explore in depth one of the literatures offered by AMESALL, within a regional context.  All majors must take the following two (2) courses in order to complete this major option:

  • 01:013:201 Classical Literatures of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and
  • 01:013:401 Senior Seminar in Literature and Society

Students enrolling in this option must complete at least six (6) credits of language courses at the advanced (300) level or higher. 

They must also take one of the following three (3) courses, as appropriate to their region of study:

  • 01:013:211 Literatures of Africa or
  • 01:013:221 Literatures of the Middle East or
  • 01:013:231 Literatures of South Asia

Finally, they must complete 18 credits of additional literature, sociolinguistics or linguistics courses on the region of their concentration, nine (9) of which must be upper level courses at the 300-level or above. These courses must either be taught in AMESALL, cross-listed with AMESALL, or approved by the Department Chair.

Learning Goals (013)

As an AMESALL major with the regional major option, you will:

  1. Demonstrate listening, speaking, writing and reading proficiency in one (1) of the languages taught through AMESALL at a level of Advanced-Low or higher according to the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL);
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with a cross-section of the classical literatures of all three regions;
  3. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the literatures of one of the three regions.

The Comparative Option (013C)

This option is designed to allow students to engage in comparative work among the three regions represented by AMESALL.  All majors must take the following two (2)  courses in order to complete this major option:

  • 01:013:201 Classical Literatures of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and
  • 01:013:401 Senior Seminar in Literature and Society

Majors must also demonstrate intermediate (200) level or higher proficiency in one of the languages of the three regions, either through coursework or a placement exam. Comparative option majors must also take at least six (6) credits of a second language at the advanced (300) level. 

Additionally, they must successfully complete all three (3) of the following courses:

  • 01:013:211 Literatures of Africa and
  • 01:013:221 Literatures of the Middle East and
  • 01:013:231 Literatures of South Asia

Finally, they must take 12 credits of additional literature, sociolinguistics or linguistics courses offered by the department, nine (9) of which must be upper level courses 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 eight (8) credits of language/literature requirements through the study abroad experience.

Learning Goals (013C)

As an AMESALL major with the Comparative major option, you will:

  1. Demonstrate listening, speaking, writing and reading proficiency in one (1) of the languages of their chosen region of study (Africa, the Middle East, or South Asia) at a level of Intermediate-Low or higher according to the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL);
  2. Demonstrate listening, speaking, writing and reading proficiency in a second language at a level of Advanced-Low or higher according to the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL);
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with a cross-section of the classical literatures of all three regions;
  4. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the literatures of the three regions.

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