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African and Middle Eastern Languages Program Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for a language not currently offered?
You can submit an application at the beginning of the quarter. Applications are available at the AME office (Building 240, Room 213).
Can I have a minor or a major in AME?

There is no major in AME, but there is an undergraduate minor in Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MELLAC). See the MELLAC minor page for more detailed information. It is also possible to major or minor in Jewish Studies. Check Jewish Studies website for more information

Can I take a AME language to fulfill the university's language requirement?
Yes. You will have to prove first year-level proficiency. Usually it takes 3 quarters of study of Arabic, Hebrew, or Swahili (5 units for each Arabic and Hebrew course, 4 units for Swahili) or 4 quarters of 3-unit courses in other African languages.
Can I take an AME language to fulfill a Department language requirement?
Yes. Usually you need two years of study to accomplish this.
I've already studied an AME language at another institution. Can I be tested to place out of my requirement?
Possibly. Please contact the AME coordinator to make arrangements for testing.
Can I get credit for a language studied at another institution? Can I transfer the units?
Yes. Contact the Language Center for information.
Can I take an independent study course?
Yes. If the student's level of proficiency requires a course that is not offered, we will arrange for independent study when possible.
I am interested in enhancing specific language skills relevant to my research purposes. How can I accomplish that?
AME offers individualized, self-paced instruction. The program emphasizes student involvement in learning and continuous interaction with the instructor. Please discuss this with your instructor at the beginning of the course.
How can I find out about other on-campus programs related to the study of the country/area where a language is spoken?
AME works closely with area studies programs and facilitates interaction with appropriate faculty, informs students about scholarship opportunities, and studying abroad. For questions, please contact the AME coordinator.