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Middle Eastern & North African Studies: Language & Cultures

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Middle Eastern & North African Studies: Language & Cultures

Bachelor of Arts

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The School of Middle East and North African Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to instruction in the principal languages of the area (Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew), relevant courses are available in religion, political science, history, literature, geography, sociology, archeology, linguistics and architecture -- often in cooperation with the respective discipline department.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 105 Mathematics in Modern Society or PHIL 110 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
MENAS Freshman Colloquium 1
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Elective 3
3rd Semester
First Semester Second Language 5
Minor 3
Elective 3
NES 277A History of the Middle East 3
4th Semester
Second Semester Second Language 5
Elective 3
Tier I General Education 3
NES 277B History of the Middle East: Modern Middle East 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
Third Semester Second Language 5
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
Fourth Semester Second Language 5
Elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Senior Capstone 3
Language & Cultures - Language 3
Tier II General Education 3
Language & Cultures - Language 3
Minor 3
8th Semester
Language & Cultures - Language & Literature 3
Language & Cultures - Language & Literature 3
Language & Cultures - Additional Upper Division 3
Minor 3
Minor 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a major in Near Eastern Studies of Middle Eastern history, culture, religions, politics, economics, and geography, as well as foreign language study in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish, provides a strong foundation for careers or further studies. Graduates might work in the United States or abroad as translators, educators, or international aid distributors, or in business, politics, or the tourism industry. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate programs in Near Eastern studies, geography, public health, anthropology, business administration, or education, among other disciplines. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Translation
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • International aid
  • Business
  • Cultural/historical preservation

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • U.S. Military
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • News agencies
  • Businesses
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Museums
  • Cultural centers

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Interpreter $34,000 - $45,500
Translator $37,500 - $47,500
Foreign Language Teacher $40,500 - $54,000
Intelligence Officer $33,979 - $60,274
Cryptographic Technician $39,930 - $50,000
Peace Worker $30,000 - $40,000
Grant Coordinator $36,143 - $43,271
Museum Technician $24,400 - $37,300
Political Consultant $30,000 - $105,000
International Aid Worker $25,000 - $50,000
International Election Observer/ a day $300 - $400
International Educator $35,000 - $60,000
Import/Export Specialist $19,000 - $50,000
Ethnoscientist $33,950 - $55,000
Foreign Correspondent $28,162 - $43,292