The major in Middle East/South Asia Studies (MESA) offers comparative studies of the Middle East and South Asia, regions that have been integrally linked for centuries by trade, migration, exchange of scientific, mathematical, political and philosophical ideas, religion, literature and art. This region encompasses 44 countries, and the major focuses on the Arab Gulf, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, the Meghreb (North Africa), Palestine, Syria and Turkey.
East Asian countries play important roles in today's global culture and economy. As the U.S. increasingly "pivots toward Asia," understanding the history, culture, and day-to-day workings of these regions becomes ever more important. The East Asian Studies major offers comparative studies of a region that has been integrally linked for centuries by trade and the exchange of philosophical ideas, religion, literature and art.
The Chicana/Chicano Studies major provides a unique opportunity to serve and understand the Chicanx/Latinx community. Policymakers must know specifics about the people, comprehend and appreciate the culture and understand how to work with this fast-growing community. The major offers an interdisciplinary curriculum which focuses on the Chicanx/Latinx experience through an analysis of class, race-ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and cultural expression within the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicanx/Latinx people in the Americas.