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Middle East Studies Announces Undergraduate Certificate

March 6, 2006

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NEWS ADVISORY

DATE: Monday, March 6, 2006

CONTACT: Ronnie Hess, Director of Communications, Division of International Studies.
UW-Madison, (608) 262-5590, rlhess@wisc.edu

MIDDLE EAST STUDIES ANNOUNCES UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Madison, WI – Beginning in September 2006, UW-Madison undergraduates
will be able to earn a certificate in Middle East Studies, the Middle East
Studies program of the International Institute has announced. Required course
work for a certificate program usually consists of 15 to 25 credits. The certificate
was approved this semester.

“UW-Madison has extensive and interdisciplinary resources in Middle
East Studies, with a wealth of courses,” says Gilles Bousquet, dean of
International Studies. “This new certificate is a meaningful credential
that recognizes undergraduate work focused on a critically important world
region.”

UW-Madison offers a broad range of courses across ten departments
on the languages (including Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Persian, and Canaanite),
literature, history,
and culture of the region. The departments include:

  • African Languages and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Comparative Literature
  • Classics
  • Hebrew and Semitic Studies
  • History
  • Languages and Cultures of Asia
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

For more information about the Middle East Studies Program, go to http://www.mesp.wisc.edu/ Students may also construct an individual major in Middle East Studies by utilizing
the Individual Major option in the College of Letters and Science.

According to the Office of the Provost, a certificate program is a set of courses focused
upon a specific topic or theme which students may study separately
or in addition to their major and degree requirements. The purpose of the
certificate program is to give students the opportunity to pursue a subject
of interest and, upon completion of the requirements, to receive an official document
from the sponsoring department.

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