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BA Middle Eastern Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3.75 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

60744 USD
34062 USD

Application fee

International 110 USD
National 90 USD
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)85
TOEFL-PBT (min)704
SAT (avg)1250
ACT (avg)25

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About this course

Courses Required:

Two courses selected from Ancient Near East 10W, History 9D, Middle Eastern Studies M50A, M50B, 50C and demonstrated proficiency equivalent to level 3 at UCLA in one modern Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish) or through a departmental language placement examination. Students selecting ancient languages (including Akkadian, Aramaic, Coptic, Egyptian, Old or Middle Iranian, Sumerian, Syriac) are not required to take a modern elementary Middle Eastern language.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Academic grade point average (GPA), calculated using 10th and 11th grade UC–approved courses only
  • Performance on standardized tests: the ACT Assessment Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test
  • The minimum scores required are 560.00 for SAT and 315.00 for the ACT.
  • Quality, quantity, and level of course work taken throughout your entire high school program (including the strength of your senior year program), especially course work completed beyond the minimum "a–g" courses to meet the University of California admission requirements
  • The strength of the program taken within the context of the high school you attended
  • A progressively challenging academic program, including the number of and performance in college preparatory, honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and transferable college courses; passing scores on AP or IB exams; mastery of academic subjects as demonstrated by high grades and exam results; and presence of summer session/inter-session courses that enhance academic progress.
  • California high school students—Identification by the University of California as ranked in the top 9% of your school and/or ranked in the top 9% or high school graduates statewide
  • Sustained participation in activities that develop academic and intellectual abilities and honors and/or awards in recognition of academic, intellectual, or creative achievement
  • By the time of entrance, MUST: Have at least a 3.0 GPA (CA Residents) or 3.4 GPA (Non-CA Residents).

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Course Modules

The candidate will be offered the following graduate courses:

Lower Division Courses

  • M50A. First Civilizations
  • M50B. Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  • 50C. Making and Studying Modern Middle East

Upper Division Courses

  • M111. Introduction to Islamic Archaeology.
  • C122. History, Memory, and Identity in Israel
  • M144. Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State
  • 177. Variable Topics in Middle Eastern Studies
  • M178. Variable Topics.
  • M133. Bible and Qur’an
  • M142. Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

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How to Apply

The student needs to have the following:

  • Transcripts
  • Test scores
  • Annual Income for last year and the current year
  • Social Security number
  • Citizenship status.
  • California Statewide Student ID (optional).
  • Credit card.

The student needs to submit the following for Supplemental Application

  • Personal Essay (2-page max).
  • Writing Sample.
  • Critical Essay (3-page max) or Creative Writing (5-page max)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation.

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