Dual M.A. MENAS/Library & Information Science

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.

About the Program

The dual master's degree in Library & Information Science and MENAS will prepare you 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 both degrees is 51 (33 from MENAS and 19 from Library & Information Science).

Course Requirements

Required MENAS Courses (33 units)

  • MENA 595D: Middle East Studies: Approaches, Themes, and Controversies (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 Library Science requirement that students take one elective in these two areas) (6 units)
  • 1 independent study (1 unit)

*3rd year 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.

Required Library & Information Science Courses (19 units)

  • LIS 504: Foundations of Library & Information Services (first IRLS course) (3 units)
  • LIS 506: Research Methods for Library & Information Professionals (3 units)
  • LIS 515: Organization of Information (3 units)
  • LIS 520: Ethics for Library & Information Professionals (3 units)
  • LIS 698: Capstone Internship (3 units)
  • Information Technology and Digital Networked Information (3 units)
  • LIS 909: ePortfolio (1 unit)

Dual-degree students must start their program of study with LIS 504. LIS 504 is a prerequisite for all other LIS courses, so it must be taken first. You may be concurrently enrolled in LIS 504 and selected LIS courses; a list of LIS courses eligible for concurrent enrollment with LIS 504 is available from the IRLS advisor.

Language Requirements

You 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.

Departmental Paper

By the end of the second semester of enrollment, you 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 the School of Information, and the committee must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.

Topics for the departmental paper should incorporate or integrate both MENAS and School of Information 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.

Program Fees

Starting with LIS 504, you must register with ‘ILIS’ designated as your primary degree program with the UA Graduate College. While registered with LIS as your primary program, all credits taken (LIS, MENAS, or other departmental credits) will incur School of Information program fees.

After the semester in which 19 LIS credits are completed, you should transfer your primary degree designation to MENAS. After this change, you will no longer be assessed School of Information program fees. Please note that more credits than 19 may be assessed School of Information program fees because the total number of credits taken during this semester will be assessed program fees, even if that number exceeds 19.

Dual Credit Elective Options

The following courses fulfill both MENAS and LIS 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 you 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. LIS Requirement: Cultural Perspectives
  • MENA 545: Women in Islamic History
    MENAS Requirement: Islamic Studies OR Gender & Society. IRLS Requirement: Cultural Perspectives
  • MENA 552: Israeli Women
    MENAS Requirement: Gender & Society. IRLS Requirement: Cultural Perspectives
  • 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

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship

All students in the MENAS/Library Science Dual Degree Program who are U.S. 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.