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Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program at Dartmouth

The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program (AMES) at Dartmouth is an interdisciplinary degree program. In consultation with a faculty advisor, each student designs a course of study that emphasizes one or more disciplines and a region of Eurasia. At present the AMES curriculum and faculty are grouped around the following specializations: East Asia, Middle East (and North Africa), South/Southeast Asia and Central Asia. Students may also elect to specialize in Interregional Studies, working with AMES faculty with relevant interests.

Although language study is not required for the AMES degree, the faculty encourages it strongly. In most cases students will study languages offered in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (DAMELL--Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, and Japanese). Students specializing in Central Asia are also encouraged to study Russian, and students specializing in parts of the Middle East, particularly North Africa, are encouraged to study French.

Many AMES majors participate in AMES-related off-campus programs during their studies. DAMELL manages Foreign Study Programs in Beijing and in Tangier, Morocco, and an LSA+ program near Tokyo. The AMES Program manages Foreign Study Programs in Fez, Morocco, and, in partnership with Women's and Gender Studies, in Hyderabad, India, and a Foreign Exchange Program in Seoul, Korea. Students wishing to study other languages should consult with their advisors.

Click on Academics for general degree requirements and options and on Area concentrations for specific area requirements and for lists of faculty and of courses that may count toward the AMES degree.


Contact Us
Program Chair: Jonathan Smolin
Administrator: Ann Fenton
Program Office: Bartlett Hall, Room 101 A
phone (603) 646-0434
Mailing Address:
AMES Program
6191 Bartlett Hall
Hanover, NH 03755



Administrator, Ann Fenton
Last Modified October 06, 2014