The Minor

Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Middle East and South Asia Studies

The Middle East and South Asia studies minor provides students with an opportunity to engage in a multidisciplinary study of the history, politics, literature, peoples, and cultures of the Middle East and South Asia. To fulfill the minor, students must complete 18 hours from an approved list of courses. Students may count no more than 10 hours from any of the foreign language offerings toward the minor.

Additional elective courses may have been approved since publication of the bulletin. The program co-directors maintain a complete list of all approved elective courses. For course descriptions, see the relevant department’s listings in this publication. Some courses relevant to the minor are not taught on a regular basis; others are offered by visiting or temporary faculty.

Declaring the Minor

To declare the MESA Minor, you need to complete the online Add/Drop: Major, Minor, and Concentration form which can be found in Virtual Campus (WIN). For instructions, please visit the Registrar’s website.

Honors in Middle East and South Asia Studies

The honors designation in Middle East and South Asia Studies (MESAS) at Wake Forest University is a recognition of outstanding academic achievement, intellectual initiative, and deep familiarity with the culture and peoples of the region. In order to qualify for honors in Middle East and South Asia Studies, students must achieve have both a 3.6 GPA or higher in courses pursued for the minor and an overall GPA of 3.2 for each of their last two semesters. Students must further undertake focused individual
research in some aspect of Middle East and/or South Asia studies or study abroad in at least one country in the region, as well as provide an oral presentation of their research findings or analysis of their study abroad experience at a MESAS honors colloquium. Interested students should contact one of the program directors for advising and complete the MESA Honors Form.