Dual Master's Degree in MENAS and Library and Information Science (SIRLS)
Academic libraries with special collections supporting Middle East area studies programs and other research libraries with Middle East collections seek librarians with knowledge of the geographic region and Middle Eastern languages, as well as knowledge of library practices and operations. The dual master's degree in Information Resources and Library Science and MENAS prepares individuals for professional positions responsible for providing collections and services in support of research and teaching about the Middle East.
The total number of units required to earn dual master's degrees in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and IRLS is 51 (33 from MENAS and 19 from SIRLS).
Required MENAS courses (33 units)
The minimum number of units required in MENAS is 33.
Middle East Studies: Approaches, Themes, and Controversies (MENA 595D) (3 units)
Language Course for 3rd Year Proficiency* (3 units)
4 courses, (1 each Gender & Society, Islamic Studies, History, plus 1 more) (12 units)
1 Departmental Paper (MENA 909) (3 units)
2 cultural perspectives and information evaluation electives with MENA course numbers (these also count as fulfilling the SIRLS requirement that students take one elective in these two areas) (6 units)
1 independent study for 1 unit (1 unit)
Total: 33 units
*3rd year MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) is worth 8 credits but 3rd year Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew are only 6 credits. Those pursuing the latter three languages will have to find two more units. Taking an additional 3-unit course will provide those two units and eliminate the need for a two-unit independent study.
Students must achieve 3rd year language proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish. Third-year language proficiency is achieved by successfully completing six semesters of the focus language. Students whose focus language is Arabic will concentrate on Modern Standard Arabic.
By the end of the second semester of enrollment, students must assemble a departmental paper committee of three faculty members, one of whom serves as the departmental paper advisor. At least two members of this committee must be tenured or tenure-track professors in MENAS and one must be a regular or adjunct faculty member at SIRLS, and the committee must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.
Topics for the departmental paper should incorporate or integrate both MENAS and SIRLS elements. The student’s departmental paper advisor will approve the appropriate subject matter and length of his or her paper, in consultation with the SIRLS committee member.
Required Information Resources and Library Science Courses
The minimum number of units required in IRLS is 19.
IRLS 504 Foundations of Library & Information Services (first IRLS course) (3 units)
IRLS 506 Research Methods for Library & Information Professionals (3 units)
IRLS 515 Organization of Information (3 units)
IRLS 520 Ethics for Library & Information Professionals (3 units)
IRLS 698 Capstone Internship (3 units)
Information Technology and Digital Networked Informaton (3 units)
IRLS 909 ePortfolio (1 unit)
Total: 19 units
Dual-degree students must start their program of study with IRLS 504. IRLS 504 is a pre-requisite for all other IRLS courses, so it must be taken first. Students may be concurrently enrolled in IRLS 504 and selected IRLS courses; a list of IRLS courses eligible for concurrent enrollment with IRLS 504 is available from the IRLS adviser.
Starting with IRLS 504, students must register with ‘IRLS’ designated as their primary degree program with the UA Graduate College. While registered with IRLS as their primary program, all credits taken (IRLS, MENAS, or other departmental credits) by students will incur SIRLS program fees.
After the semester in which 19 IRLS credits are completed, students should transfer their primary degree designation to MENAS. After this change, students will no longer be assessed SIRLS program fees. Please note that more credits than 19 may be assessed SIRLS program fees because the total number of credits taken during this semester will be assessed SIRLS program fees, even if that number exceeds 19.
Dual Credit Elective Options
The following courses fulfill both MENAS and IRLS requirements for the cultural perspectives and information evaluation electives. These courses are cross listed. Students taking the dual degree should register for them under the MENA number. The list is not exhaustive and students are encouraged to consult their advisor when selecting courses.
Courses for Dual Credit
- MENA 503 Art & Architecture of the Islamic World (MENAS Requirement: Islamic Studies. IRLS Requirement: Cultural Prespectives)
- MENA 545 Women in Islamic History (MENAS Requirement: Islamic Studies OR Gender & Society. IRLS Requirement: Cultural Prespectives)
- MENA 552 Israeli Women (MENAS Requirement: Gender & Society. IRLS Requirement: Cultural Prespectives)
- MENA 580 History of the 19th and 20th century Middle East (MENAS Requirement: Middle Eastern History. IRLS Requirement: Information Evaluation)
- MENA 502A Economic History of the Islamic World (MENAS Requirement: Islamic Studies OR Middle Eastern History. IRLS Requirement: Information Evaluation)
- MENA 530A Language & Society of the Middle East (MENAS Requirement: Middle Eastern History. IRLS Requirement: Cultural Perspectives)
- MENA 585B Society, Culture, Politics & History of the Iranian Plateau (MENAS Requirement: Middle Eastern History. IRLS Requirement: Cultural Perspectives)
FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship
All students in the MENAS/IRLS Dual Degree Program who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships offered through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies: http://www.cmes.arizona.edu/students/grad.php