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The Major

The AMES major requires a minimum of ten courses.

At least one of the ten courses must fulfill AMES' Interregional Requirement.
AMES offers several interregional courses. These appear in the ORC as AMES 40, AMES 40.01, 40.02, 40.03, etc. Several additional courses offered by AMES-affiliated faculty may be substituted for AMES 40.

At least one of the ten courses must qualify as an AMES Culminating Experience.
Culminating Experience courses appear in the ORC as AMES 91.01, 91.02, 91.03, etc. These seminar-style courses are designed to accommodate student interest in any of AMES' area concentrations. Departmental senior seminars taught by an AMES-affiliated faculty member are acceptable substitutes for AMES 91. Students must submit a written rationale for such a substitution to the AMES chair no later than the fifth week of the term prior to taking the seminar. AMES 86 Advanced Independent Research is also an acceptable substitute for AMES 91. Students must submit a research proposal for approval by the AMES Steering Committee no later than the fifth week of the term prior to taking in AMES 86. Students writing an AMES honors thesis are exempted from the culminating experience requirement.

The remaining eight courses should focus on one of the three area concentrations offered by AMES: East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, or the Middle East (which includes North Africa). Students who wish to combine courses from more than one area-concentration must submit a written rationale for their course selection to the AMES Steering Committee no later than the fifth week of the fall term of their senior year. A contingency plan is advisable in the event that the Steering Committee does not approve your course selection. With careful planning, students can construct a Central Asian concentration. It is also possible to construct an Interregional major. These options require a written proposal developed in consultation with the AMES chair. The proposal must be submitted to the AMES Steering Committee no later than the fifth week of the fall term in a student's senior year.

Students are strongly encouraged to study at least two years of a language offered by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (AMELL). Up to four language courses can count toward an AMES major. These courses must relate to the student's area concentration and be above the first-year level (note: Chinese 4 is considered to be a first-year course).

AMES majors are encouraged to pursue study abroad in a program related to their area concentration. AMES offers three such programs: an FSP in Fez, Morocco; an FSP in Hyderabad, India; and an exchange program with Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (AMELL) also offers FSP and/or LSA programs in Morocco, China, and Japan. Courses taken on these programs receive AMES credit. Students can petition the AMES Steering Committee to grant transfer credit for courses taken in foreign study programs offered by other American undergraduate institutions or in accredited foreign universities. Dartmouth does not grant transfer credits retroactively. The AMES Chair and the Registrar must approve transfer courses prior to enrolling in such courses. Transfer credit forms and deadlines for preapproval of transfer courses are available through the Registrar.

Students wishing to pursue independent study should consider AMES 85 Independent Research or AMES 86 Advanced Independent Research.

How to Declare Your Major
  1. Use the AMES website and the ORC to familiarize yourself with the requirements for an AMES major.
  2. Determine the area concentration that best represents your interests.
  3. From the AMES website, download the worksheet for your area concentration.
  4. Use the AMES website, the ORC, and departmental websites of AMES-affiliated faculty to select the ten courses required to complete an AMES major. One must meet AMES' Interregional Requirement. One must be a Culminating Experience. Select the remaining eight courses from your area concentration.
    NOTE: the AMES website has the most up to date lists of courses for each area concentration. For schedules of course offerings consult the ORC, departmental websites of AMES-affiliated faculty, and quarterly timetables.
  5. Fill out your area-concentration worksheet and three major cards (available from the Registrar's Office)
  6. Arrange an appointment with the AMES Chair to have your worksheet approved and your major cards signed.

Potential majors are encouraged to consult with AMES faculty members or the AMES Chair throughout the process of selecting courses and declaring an AMES major.


Subsequent to Filing a Major:

  1. Any changes to your major require approval of the AMES Chair. Arrange an appointment to submit a new worksheet and new major cards.
  2. In the fall term of your senior year make an appointment with Ann Fenton, the AMES administrator, to review your major cards and ensure that you will meet all the requirements to graduate.

The Minor

The AMES minor consists of six courses drawn from one area concentration. The minor should include five non-language courses, one of which should be an Interregional Course (AMES 40 or an approved substitute) and a Culminating Experience (AMES 91 or an approved substitute).

How to Declare Your Minor
  1. Determine the area concentration that best represents your interests.
  2. Use the AMES website, the ORC, and departmental websites of AMES-affiliated faculty to select the six courses required to complete an AMES minor. One must meet AMES' Interregional requirement. One must be a Culminating Experience. Select the remaining four courses from your area concentration. NOTE: the AMES website has the most up to date lists of courses for each area concentration. For schedules of course offerings consult the ORC, departmental websites of AMES-affiliated faculty, and quarterly timetables.
  3. Arrange an appointment with the AMES Chair to have your minor cards signed.


Subsequent to Filing a Minor:

  1. Any changes to your minor require approval of the AMES Chair. Arrange an appointment to submit a new worksheet and new major cards.
  2. In the fall term of your senior year make an appointment with Ann Fenton, the AMES administrator, to review your minor cards and ensure that you will meet all the requirements to graduate.

Modified Major

AMES permits modifications with another major. Modified majors require completion of eleven courses: seven from the primary department or program and four from the secondary department or program. All courses must qualify for major credit in both of the departments or programs comprising the modified major. Students modifying AMES with courses from another department or program must meet AMES' Culminating Experience requirement. Students must submit a written rationale to the AMES chair outlining their reasons for pursing a modified major and describing the intellectual coherence of the major they are constructing no later than the fifth week of the fall term of their senior year,


Administrator, Ann Fenton
Last Modified September 29, 2013