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Departmental HonorsDepartment of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements.


The Departmental Honors program in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures consists of two tracks: a research honors track that requires independent research and the completion of an honors thesis written in English, and an Arabic language honors track that incorporates advanced training in spoken and written Arabic.

Honors requirements

  1. Research Track.
    1. Readings for Honors. Three (3) credit hours:
    2. Honors Thesis Course. Three (3) credit hours:
    3. Honors Thesis. Complete an approved honors thesis project based on independent research of primary sources in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish.
  2. Arabic Language Honors Track.
    1. Language Courses. Complete all requirements for the following courses with a grade of A- or higher:
    2. Reading for Honors. Enroll in one (1) credit hour during the semesters NELC-A 400 and NELC-A 450 are taken and earn a grade of A- or higher:
    3. Honors Papers. Complete and present 7,000 word papers of high quality, written in Arabic, at the conclusion of NELC-A 400 and NELC-A 450 (Two (2) papers for a total of 14,000 words).
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
    2. Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
    3. Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.