Honors Program

Eligibility: Any student majoring in the department who has spent at least two full years in residence at the College of Arts and Science and who has completed at least 64 points of graded work in the College. The student must maintain a general grade point average of 3.65 and a major average of 3.65.

Course Requirements:

  1. Completion of the major requirements.
  2. Completion of at least two graduate-level courses with a grade point average of 3.0. These courses may be used to complete part of the major requirement.
  3. Have no grade lower than a C in a Middle Eastern studies course.
  4. Write an honors paper of 50-60 double-spaced, typed pages under the supervision of an MEIS faculty member, for which up to four points of Independent Study credit may be awarded (MEIS-UA 997, 998). The subject of the honors paper and the faculty supervisor will be chosen in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies.
Examples of Recent Honors Theses:
Beyond the Soapbox: Facebook and the Public Sphere - Advisors: Helga Tawil-Souri & Mohamad Bazzi
Understanding Iran's Role in Post-Saddam Iraq - Advisors: Arang Keshavarzian & Sinan Antoon
Managing the Foreign Populations in Abu Dhabi City - Advisors: Arang Keshavarzian & Zachary Lockman
The Configuration of Victomhood and Humanitarian Recruitment of Funds - Advisors: Leslie Peirce & Asli Igsiz
Telegraphing Revolution: The Telegraph as an Instrument of Peripheral Power and National Revolution in Iran, 1895 - 1911 - Advisors: Nahida Mozaffari & Bruce Grant