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Near Eastern Languages MA
 

MA in Near Eastern Languages

We offer a Master of Arts with a major in Near Eastern Languages and specialization in Arabic or Hebrew. Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Candidates for the master's degree with  specialization in either Hebrew or Arabic must have an adequate knowledge of at least one Semitic language and some knowledge of the culture of the Near East.

 

A student specializing in Arabic or Hebrew is expected to demonstrate ability in the use of Arabic or Hebrew sources.  In addition to the language courses, the student may be advised to elect at least 6 credits in cognate courses offered by the department in literature, modern Middle East history and Islamic Studies as well as from offerings in history, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and politics of the Middle East.

Requirements

 Students may choose from one of two plans:

  • Plan A: Thirty-two credits including an eight credit thesis
  • Plan B: Thirty-two credits including a three credit essay

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College and the GraduateSchool governing graduate scholarship and degrees, respectively. Candidacy must be established by the time fifteen credits have been earned.

Specialization Requirements

Hebrew:

A student specializing in Hebrew is expected to demonstrates ability in the use of Hebraic sources and some proficiency in Arabic. In addition to Hebrew courses, the student will be required to take eight credits in Arabic. Under special circumstances, the student may be advised to elect six credits in cognate courses from the disciplines of history, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and political science. He/she is expected to write a thesis or attend a seminar where he/she must show ability in using sources and in doing original research as well as demonstrate proficiency in a modern language. A final oral and written examination will be required to test the ability of the student in the language and culture of his/her area of specialization. The student's program of study must have approval of the major advisor. 

Arabic:

A student specializing in Arabic is expected to demonstrate ability in the use of Arabic courses. Under special circumstances, the student may be advised to elect six credits in cognate courses from the disciplines of history, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, sociology and political science. He/she is expected to write a thesis or attend a seminar where he/she must show ability in using sources and doing original research as well as demonstrate a proficiency in a modern language. A final oral and written examination will be required to test the ability of the student in the language and culture of his/her area of specialization. The applicant's program of study must have the approval of the major advisor.

Related Programs

Master of Arts in Language Learning (MALL)

This degree in language pedagogy is designed for current foreign language teachers.  A currently certified Arabic or Hebrew language teacher can use this program to continue study in Arabic or Hebrew while learning more about the theory and practice of language teaching.  This program does not lead to teacher certification.

For more information on the MALL program see their web site.

Teacher Certification (M.A.T.)

Students who have an undergraduate degree in Arabic or Hebrew and seek teacher certification in Michigan can do so through the Master of Arts in Teaching program in the Wayne State College of Education.

Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
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Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-3002
Fax: (313) 577-6243
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/languages
Email: aa1690@wayne.edu