Undergraduate Program

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The Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures offers four different undergraduate degrees:

  • Middle East Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Middle Eastern Language & Literature
  • South Asian Language & Literature

The Studies degree features a core of language work and additional coursework in one of two regional concentrations: the Middle East or South Asia.

The Language & Literature degree is for students wanting to achieve proficiency in a Middle Eastern or South Asian language and gain a deeper understanding of that language's literature.



The Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures currently offers courses in the following six languages:

Middle East

  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Persian

South Asia

  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Sanskrit

Languages in the Middle East category can be used towards the Middle East Studies degree and the Middle Eastern Language & Literature degree.

Languages in the South Asia category can be used towards the South Asian Studies degree and the South Asian Language & Literature degree.

Students are welcome to study more than one language, but when declaring their degree, they must choose to focus primarily on one for the purposes of fulfilling the degree requirements.

Click the following links to view courses that can be taken for credit to satisfy MESALC degree program requirements.

NOTE: You must receive prior approval from an advisor before a course may count towards a degree program.


Middle East                                                                     South Asia


Director of Undergraduate Programs

Zvi Gilboa
Director of Undergraduate Programs
145 New Cabell Hall
Phone: (434) 924-1322
Email: zg7s@virginia.edu