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Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia

Established in 2008 in response to student and community interest, the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey continues a long tradition of scholarly excellence and innovative teaching in the languages and literatures of Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Read More...

New in 2014: AMESALL will be offering a section of Urdu at Rutgers for the first time during the Fall semester, contingent upon student interest. If you would like to participate, please register for 01:013:160 "Elementary Hindi" Section 03, which is subtitled "Elementary Urdu."

New in 2016: AMESALL will be offering a new Global Humanities Major this Fall 2016.

Requirements for the *NEW* Global Humanities Major

36 credit hours, of which 9 must be at the 300 level or above

  1. All majors must take the following three courses

  • 013:201: Crossroads
  • 013:205: Cultural Forces in International Politics
  • 013:401: Capstone Seminar in Literature, Culture and Society
  1. In addition majors must take at least two courses from each of the following two categories:

Transregional Sociolinguistics Courses

  • 013:115: History of the Alphabet
  • 013:203: Language and Society
  • 013:285: Language and Globalization
  • 013:305: Languages in Peril
  • 013:409: Introduction to Semitic Languages
  • 013:xxx: Language and Universal Human Rights (To be created)

Transregional Culture courses

  • 013:304: Translation Studies
  • 013:307: Intro to Postcolonial Literature and Theory (with CL)
  • 013:324: Ottoman Africa
  • 013:412: Literature and Religion
  • 013:445: Storytelling in the Muslim World
  • 013:XXX: Global Bollywood (To be created)
  1. Majors must also take at least 3 courses (a total of 9) in any combination of their choice, from the following:

  • African Literature/Cinema courses
  • Middle Eastern literature/Cinema courses
  • South Asian literature/cinema courses
  1. Majors will take at least 6 credits hours, in any combination of their choice from the following

  • AMESALL’s literature/sociolinguistics/cinema/culture courses
  • AMESALL’s language courses at the Intermediate level or above
  • STUDY ABROAD program courses
  • Courses from other units with significant AMESALL regional content (History, Anthropology, Geography, WGS, Art History, etc)
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