Undergraduate Course Listings
Official Yale College course information is found at the Yale Online Course Information website, students.yale.edu/oci. Official Yale College program information is found in the Yale College Programs of Study,catalog.yale.edu/ycps.
- 309 Luce Hall, 203.432.9903
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Daniel Magaziner (2685 HGS, 203.432.6110, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of the Program in African Languages
Kiarie Wa’Njogu (309B Luce, 203.432.0110, email@example.com)
Professors Lea Brilmayer (Law), John Darnell (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations), Owen Fiss (Law), Robert Harms (History), Andrew Hill (Anthropology), Roderick McIntosh (Anthropology), Christopher Miller (African American Studies; French), Nicoli Nattrass (Visiting;Ethics, Politics & Economics), Catherine Panter-Brick (Anthropology), Lamin Sanneh (History; Divinity), Jeremy Seekings (Visiting; Global Affairs), Ian Shapiro (Political Science), Robert Thompson (Emeritus, History of Art), Christopher Udry (Economics), Michael Veal (Music), David Watts (Anthropology), Elisabeth Wood (Political Science)
Associate Professors Daniel Magaziner (History), Jonathan Wyrtzen (Sociology)
Assistant Professors Katharine Baldwin (Political Science), Louisa Lombard (Anthropology)
Senior Lecturer Cheryl Doss (Economics)
Lecturers Lacina Coulibaly (Theater Studies), Anne-Marie Foltz (Public Health), David Simon (Political Science)
Senior Lectors II Oluseye Adesola, Sandra Sanneh, Kiarie Wa’Njogu
Senior Lector Matuku Ngame (French)
The program in African Studies enables students to undertake interdisciplinary study of the arts, history, cultures, politics, and development of Africa. As a foundation, students in the program gain a cross-disciplinary exposure to Africa. In the junior and senior years, students develop analytical ability and focus their studies on research in a particular discipline such as anthropology, art history, history, languages and literatures, political science, or sociology or on topics such as global health, economic development, or human rights.
African Studies provides training of special interest to those considering admission to graduate or professional schools or careers in education, journalism, law, management, medicine, politics, psychology, international relations, creative writing, or social work. The interdisciplinary structure of the program offers students an opportunity to satisfy the increasingly rigorous expectations of admissions committees and prospective employers for a broad liberal arts perspective that complements specialized knowledge of a field.
Requirements of the Major
Class of 2018
With director of undergraduate studies (DUS) approval, students in the Class of 2018 may fulfill the requirements for the major as described below for the Class of 2019 and subsequent classes.
Class of 2019 and Subsequent Classes
The program in African Studies consists of thirteen term courses, including (1) one African Studies course in the humanities and one in the social sciences; (2) two years of an African language (Arabic, Kiswahili, Yorùbá, isiZulu, or others with permission of the DUS), unless waived by examination; (3) AFST 401, the junior seminar on research methods, or an alternative course that either serves to deepen the concentration or provide methodological tools for the senior essay; and (4) a concentration of four term courses and one research methods seminar, selected in consultation with the DUS, in a discipline such as anthropology, art history, history, languages and literatures, political science, or sociology, or in an interdisciplinary program such as African American Studies; Ethnicity, Race, and Migration; or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; or in a cross-disciplinary area such as diaspora studies or development studies. The required courses represent the core of the program and are intended to expose the student both to the interdisciplinary nature of African studies and to the methodologies currently being brought to bear on the study of African cultures and societies.
Language requirement African Studies majors are required to complete two years of college-level study (or the equivalent) of an African language, and they are encouraged to continue beyond this level. For the language requirement to be waived, a student must pass a placement test for admission into an advanced-level course or, for languages not regularly offered at Yale, an equivalent test of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills administered through the Center for Language Study. Students should begin their language study as early as possible. If the requirement is waived, students must substitute other African Studies courses for the four required language courses.
With permission of the DUS, students may count courses in an additional language, such as French or Portuguese, toward the major requirements. Students are encouraged to include upper-level courses, especially those centering on research and methodology.
Program in African Languages The language program offers instruction in four major languages from sub-Saharan Africa: Kiswahili (eastern and central Africa), Yorùbá (western Africa), Wolof (western Africa), and isiZulu (southern Africa). African language courses emphasize communicative competence, using multimedia materials that focus on the contemporary African context. Course sequences are designed to enable students to achieve advanced competence in all skill areas by the end of the third year, and students are encouraged to spend a summer or term in Africa during their language study.
Courses in Arabic are offered through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Noncredit instruction in other African languages is available by application through the Directed Independent Language Study program at the Center for Language Study. Contact the director of the Program in African Languages for information.
Students are required to complete a senior essay in AFST 491, working under the guidance of a faculty adviser. With prior approval by the DUS, a combined senior essay may be submitted for those pursuing a double major.
A preliminary statement indicating the topic to be addressed and the name of the faculty adviser must be submitted to the DUS by the end of the second week of the fall term in the senior year.
Advising and Application to the Major
Students planning to major in African Studies should consult the DUS as early as possible.
Students in Yale College are eligible to complete the M.A. in African Studies in one year of graduate work if they begin the program in the third and fourth undergraduate years. Students interested in this option must complete eight graduate courses in the area by the time of the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Only two courses may be counted toward both graduate and undergraduate degrees. Successful completion of graduate courses while still an undergraduate does not guarantee admission into the M.A. program.
African Studies Courses
AFST 001a/ARCG 001a/NELC 001a, Egypt and Northeast Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach John Darnell
AFST 238a/AMST 238a/ER&M 238a, Introduction to Third World Studies Gary Okihiro
AFST 348b/MMES 291b/SOCY 232b, Islamic Social Movements Jonathan Wyrtzen
AFST 353a/MUSI 353a, Topics in World Music Michael Veal
AFST 373b/GLBL 362b/MMES 282b/SOCY 339b, Imperialism, Insurgency, and State Building in the Middle East and North Africa Jonathan Wyrtzen
AFST 381a/PLSC 381a, Government and Politics in Africa Katharine Baldwin
AFST 401a, Research Methods in African Studies
AFST 435b/THST 335b, West African Dance: Traditional to Contemporary Lacina Coulibaly
AFST 486a/HIST 388Ja, Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa Robert Harms
AFST 487a/HIST 387Ja, West African Islam: Jihad Tradition and Its Pacifist Opponents Lamin Sanneh
AFST 491a or b, The Senior Essay
SWAH 110a, Beginning Kiswahili I
SWAH 120b, Beginning Kiswahili II
SWAH 130a, Intermediate Kiswahili I
SWAH 140b, Intermediate Kiswahili II
SWAH 150a, Advanced Kiswahili I
SWAH 160b, Advanced Kiswahili II
SWAH 170a and 171b, Topics in Kiswahili Literature
YORU 110a, Beginning Yorùbá I
YORU 120b, Beginning Yorùbá II
YORU 130a, Intermediate Yorùbá I
YORU 140b, Intermediate Yorùbá II
YORU 150a, Advanced Yorùbá I
YORU 160b, Advanced Yorùbá II
YORU 170a and 171b, Topics in Yorùbá Literature and Culture
YORU 180a and 181b, Advanced Topics in Yorùbá Literature and Culture
ZULU 110a, Beginning isiZulu I
ZULU 120b, Beginning isiZulu II
ZULU 130a, Intermediate isiZulu I
ZULU 140b, Intermediate isiZulu II
ZULU 150a, Advanced isiZulu I
ZULU 160b, Advanced isiZulu II
East Asian Studies
- 320 Luce Hall, 203.432.3426
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Frances Rosenbluth (308 RKZ, 203.432.5256, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professors Daniel Botsman (History), Kang-i Sun Chang (East Asian Languages & Literatures), Deborah Davis (Sociology), Fabian Drixler (History), Aaron Gerow (East Asian Languages & Literatures; Film & Media Studies), Valerie Hansen (History), Edward Kamens (East Asian Languages & Literatures), William Kelly (Anthropology), Tina Lu (East Asian Languages & Literatures), Peter Perdue (History), Frances Rosenbluth (Political Science), Helen Siu (Anthropology), Jing Tsu (East Asian Languages & Literatures; Comparative Literature), Anne Underhill (Anthropology), Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (History of Art)
Associate Professors William Honeychurch (Anthropology), Andrew Quintman (Religious Studies), Chloë Starr (Divinity)
Assistant Professors Lucas Bender (East Asian Languages & Literatures), Eric Greene (Religious Studies), Denise Ho (History), Michael Hunter (East Asian Languages & Literatures), Seth Jacobowitz (East Asian Languages & Literatures), Daniel Mattingly (Political Science)
Senior Lecturers Annping Chin (History), Pauline Lin (East Asian Languages & Literatures)
Lecturers Abigail Coplin, Leland Rogers, Holly Stephens, Dominik Wallner
Senior Lector II Seungja Choi
Senior Lectors Hsiu-hsien Chan, Min Chen, Koichi Hiroe, Angela Lee-Smith, Rongzhen Li, Ninghui Liang, Fan Liu, Yoshiko Maruyama, Michiaki Murata, Hiroyo Nishimura, Yu-lin Wang Saussy, Masahiko Seto, Jianhua Shen, Mari Stever, Wei Su, Haiwen Wang, Peisong Xu, Yongtao Zhang, William Zhou
Lectors Aoi Saito, Chuanmei Sun
In the East Asian Studies major, students focus on a country or an area within East Asia and concentrate their work in the humanities or the social sciences. The major offers a liberal education that serves as excellent preparation for graduate study or for business and professional careers in which an understanding of East Asia is essential.
The major in East Asian Studies is interdisciplinary, and students typically select classes from a wide variety of disciplines. The proposed course of study must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies (DUS).
The prerequisite to the major is completion of study at the L2 level of an East Asian language taught at Yale or the equivalent.
Requirements of the Major
Beyond the prerequisite, the major consists of thirteen course credits, which may include up to six taken in a preapproved program of study abroad. Six course credits must be taken in East Asian language courses, including a course at the L4 level and one year of advanced study (L5) with readings in the East Asian language.
Beyond the language requirement, the major includes seven course credits, six in the country or area of concentration and one outside it. Of the course credits in the area of concentration, one must be in the premodern period, at least two must be seminars, and one is the senior requirement (see below). These courses are normally taken at Yale during the academic year, but with prior approval of the DUS, the requirement may be fulfilled through successful course work undertaken elsewhere.
Credit/D/Fail A maximum of one course taken Credit/D/Fail may be counted toward the requirements of the major, with permission of the DUS.
During the senior year, all students must satisfy a senior requirement consisting of a major research project that uses Chinese, Japanese, or Korean-language materials, reflects an up-to-date understanding of the region, and demonstrates a strong command of written English. This requirement can be met in one of three ways. Students may take a seminar that relates to the country or area of concentration, culminating in a senior thesis. Alternatively, students who are unable to write a senior essay in a seminar may complete a one-term senior essay in EAST 480 or a one-credit, two-term senior research project in EAST 491, 492 culminating in an essay. The adviser for the senior project should be a faculty member associated with the Council on East Asian Studies with a reading knowledge of the target language materials consulted for the essay.
Selection of courses Upon entering the major, students are expected to draw up an intellectually coherent sequence of courses in consultation with the DUS. They must consult with the DUS each term concerning their course schedules. They should identify as soon as possible a faculty adviser in their area of specialization. As a multidisciplinary program, East Asian Studies draws on the resources of other departments and programs in the University. Students are encouraged to examine the offerings of other departments in both the humanities and the social sciences, as well as residential college seminars, for additional relevant courses. The stated area of concentration of each student determines the relevance and acceptability of other courses. For a complete listing of courses approved for the major, see the Council on East Asian Studies website (ceas.yale.edu).
Courses in the graduate and professional schools Qualified students may elect pertinent courses in the Graduate School and in some of the professional schools with permission of the instructor, the EAST DUS, and the director of graduate studies of the relevant department or the dean or registrar of the professional school.
Combined B.A./M.A. Degree Program
Exceptionally able and well-prepared students may complete a course of study leading to the simultaneous award of the B.A. and M.A. degrees after eight terms of enrollment. See “Simultaneous Award of the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees” in Section K of the Academic Regulations in the Yale College Programs of Study. Interested students should consult the DUS prior to the fifth term of enrollment for specific requirements in East Asian Studies.
EAST 030a/HIST 030a, Tokyo Fabian Drixler
EAST 032a/HIST 032a, Shanghai Denise Ho
EAST 301b/HIST 307b, The Making of Japan’s Great Peace, 1550–1850 Fabian Drixler
EAST 309a/HIST 309Ja, Uses of the Past in Modern China Denise Ho
EAST 310a/GLBL 309a/PLSC 357a, The Rise of China Daniel Mattingly
EAST 358b/EALL 256b/GLBL 251b/HUMS 272b/LITR 265b, China in the World Jing Tsu
EAST 375b/HIST 375b, China from Mao to Now Denise Ho
EAST 401b/SOCY 305b, State and Society Relations in Post-Socialist China
EAST 402b/HIST 303Jb, Everyday Life in Modern Korea, 1800 to the Present
EAST 403b/ANTH 411b, Biological, Archaeological, and Historical Perspectives of Early East Asia
EAST 404a/EALL 288a/ER&M 404a, The History and Literature of the Ainu
EAST 408a/EP&E 269a/SOCY 395a, Wealth and Poverty in Modern China Deborah Davis
EAST 417a/ANTH 414a, Hubs, Mobilities, and World Cities Helen Siu, Sarah LeBaron von Baeyer
EAST 454b/ECON 474b/GLBL 312b, Economic and Policy Lessons from Japan Stephen Roach
EAST 480a or b, One-Term Senior Essay Frances Rosenbluth
EAST 491a and 492b, Senior Research Project Frances Rosenbluth
- 311 Luce Hall, 203.432.3423
John Geanakoplos (30 Hillhouse Ave., 203.432.3397, email@example.com)
Stathis Kalyvas (201 RKZ, 203.432.5386, firstname.lastname@example.org)
George Syrimis (Luce, 203.432.9342, email@example.com)
Professors John Geanakoplos (Economics), Stathis Kalyvas (Political Science)
Lecturers Paris Aslanidis, George Syrimis
Senior Lector Maria Kaliambou
Hellenic Studies is a program of the European Studies Council. The core of the program is the teaching of modern Greek, supplemented with other courses and events related to the study of postantiquity Greece, as well as the society and culture of modern Greece and its interaction with the rest of Europe and the world. Related courses can be found in the listings of Anthropology, History, History of Art, Literature, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Russian and East European Studies. A major in Ancient and Modern Greek is described under Classics in the Yale College Programs of Study. Students who have an interest in postantiquity Greek language, society, or culture are advised to consult with the program administrator of the Hellenic Studies program.
MGRK 110a, Elementary Modern Greek I Maria Kaliambou
MGRK 120b, Elementary Modern Greek II Maria Kaliambou
MGRK 130a, Intermediate Modern Greek I Maria Kaliambou
MGRK 140b, Intermediate Modern Greek II Maria Kaliambou
MGRK 151a, Advanced Modern Greek Maria Kaliambou
MGRK 216a/CLCV 216a/LITR 239a/WGSS 209a, Dionysus in Modernity George Syrimis
MGRK 218b/FILM 243b/WGSS 245b, Family in Greek Literature and Film George Syrimis
MGRK 233a/FILM 368a/HIST 275Ja/LITR 320a, The Culture of the Cold War in Europe George Syrimis
MGRK 236a/PLSC 138a/SOCY 221a, The Euro Crisis Paris Aslanidis
MGRK 237a/GLBL 215a/LAST 386a/PLSC 375a/SOCY 389a, Populism from Chavez to Trump Paris Aslanidis
MGRK 300b/CLCV 319b/HIST 242Jb/WGSS 293b, The Olympic Games, Ancient and Modern George Syrimis
MGRK 304b/ER&M 376b/PLSC 376b/SOCY 307b, Extreme and Radical Right Movements Paris Aslanidis
MGRK 481a and 482b, Independent Tutorial
Latin American Studies
- 232 Luce Hall, 203.432.3422
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ana De La O Torres (C120, 77 Prospect St., 203.432.5234, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professors Rolena Adorno (Spanish & Portuguese), Ned Blackhawk (History; American Studies), Richard Burger (Anthropology), Hazel Carby (African American Studies; American Studies), Carlos Eire (History; Religious Studies), Eduardo Fernandez-Duque (Anthropology), Paul Freedman (History), Aníbal González-Pérez (Spanish & Portuguese), Roberto González Echevarría (Spanish & Portuguese), K. David Jackson (Spanish & Portuguese), Gilbert Joseph (History), Stathis Kalyvas (Political Science), Daniel Markovits (Law), Mary Miller (History of Art), Stephen Pitti (History; American Studies), Susan Rose-Ackerman (Law; Political Science), Alicia Schmidt Camacho (American Studies), Stuart Schwartz (History), Susan Stokes (Political Science), Robert Thompson (Emeritus, History of Art), Noël Valis (Spanish & Portuguese), Frederick Wherry (Sociology), Elisabeth Wood (Political Science)
Associate Professors Rodrigo Canales (School of Management), Ana De La O Torres (Political Science), Moira Fradinger (Comparative Literature)
Assistant Professors Ryan Bennett (Linguistics), Oswaldo Chinchilla (Anthropology), Marcela Echeverri (History), Anne Eller (History), Leslie Harkema (Spanish & Portuguese), Seth Jacobowitz (East Asian Languages & Literatures), Albert Laguna (American Studies; Ethnicity, Race & Migration), Dixa Ramirez (American Studies; Ethnicity, Race & Migration)
Senior Lectors II Margherita Tortora, Sonia Valle
Senior Lectors Sybil Alexandrov, Marta Almeida, Maria Pilar Asensio-Manrique, Mercedes Carreras, Ame Cividanes, Sebastián Díaz, María de la Paz García, María Jordán, Rosamaría León, Juliana Ramos-Ruano, Lissette Reymundi, Lourdes Sabé-Colom, Bárbara Safille, Terry Seymour
Lector Selma Vital
The major in Latin American Studies is designed to further understanding of the societies and cultures of Latin America as viewed from regional and global perspectives. The Latin American Studies major builds on a foundation of language and literature, history, history of art, theater studies, humanities, and the social sciences; its faculty is drawn from many departments and professional schools of the University.
The major in Latin American Studies is interdisciplinary. With two goals in mind—intellectual coherence and individual growth—the student proposes a course of study that must satisfy the requirements listed below. The proposed course of study must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies (DUS). Though all students choose courses in both the humanities and the social sciences, they are expected to concentrate on one or the other.
Prerequisite to the major is knowledge of the two dominant languages of the region, Spanish and Portuguese. Depending on their interests, students select one language for two years of instruction and the other for one. Other languages necessary for research may in appropriate circumstances be substituted for the second language with the consent of the DUS. Students are encouraged to meet the language requirements as early as possible. Courses used to satisfy the language prerequisite may not be counted toward the major.
Requirements of the Major
The major itself requires twelve term courses: one introductory course approved by the DUS; eight courses related to Latin America from departmental offerings or from a provided list of electives; two additional electives; and the senior essay, LAST 491. The eight Latin American content courses should include courses from the following categories: two courses in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, or political science); two courses in history; two courses in Spanish American or Brazilian literatures beyond the language requirement; one course in art, architecture, film and media studies, music, or theater studies; and one seminar in any area related to Latin American Studies. Students wishing to count toward the major courses that do not appear in the program’s course offerings should consult with the DUS.
Students must enroll in three seminars or upper-level courses during their junior and senior years. Elective seminars must be approved by the DUS, who can provide a list of appropriate courses.
The senior essay is a research paper written usually in one term in LAST 491. Students choose their own topics, which may derive from research done in an earlier course. The essay is planned in advance in consultation with a qualified adviser and a second reader.
In preparing the senior essay, Latin American Studies majors may undertake field research in Latin America. Students are encouraged to apply for summer travel grants through the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies to conduct field research for their senior thesis. The Albert Bildner Travel Prize is awarded to an outstanding junior who submits an application in Spanish or Portuguese in addition to the English application essay. Information about these and other grants is available on Yale’s Student Grants & Fellowships website (studentgrants.yale.edu).
A list of courses intended as a guide to students in preparing their programs is available at the office of the DUS and on the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies website (clais.macmillan.yale.edu). Qualified students may also elect pertinent courses in the Graduate School and in some of the professional schools with permission of the director of graduate studies or professional school registrar and the DUS.
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities during summers or through the Year or Term Abroad program.
Electives within the Major
Students wishing to count toward the major courses that do not appear on this list should consult with the DUS.
AFAM 338a/ENGL 335a/LITR 280a, Caribbean Poetry Anthony Reed
AFST 353a/MUSI 353a, Topics in World Music Michael Veal
AFST 486a/HIST 388Ja, Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa Robert Harms
ANTH 438b, Culture, Power, Oil Douglas Rogers
ECON 465a/EP&E 224a/GLBL 330a, Debating Globalization Ernesto Zedillo
ECON 467b/GLBL 307b, Economic Evolution of the Latin American and Caribbean Countries Ernesto Zedillo
ER&M 200b, Introduction to Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Alicia Schmidt Camacho
ER&M 300b, Comparative Ethnic Studies Laura Barraclough
EVST 422a/ANTH 409a/ER&M 394a/F&ES 422a, Climate and Society from Past to Present Michael Dove
F&ES 020a/EVST 020a, Sustainable Development in Haiti Gordon Geballe
FILM 363b/LITR 360b, Radical Cinemas of Latin America Moira Fradinger
HSHM 422a/HIST 467Ja, Cartography, Territory, and Identity William Rankin
LAST 030a/ANTH 030a/ARCG 030a, Inca Culture and Society Richard Burger
LAST 222a/SPAN 222a, Legal Spanish Mercedes Carreras
LAST 227a/SPAN 227a, Creative Writing María Jordán
LAST 243a or b/SPAN 243a or b, Advanced Spanish Grammar
LAST 247b/SPAN 247b, Introduction to the Cultures of Latin America Rolena Adorno
LAST 253a/HIST 253Ja, Dissidence and Control in Early Modern Spain and Its Empire María Jordán
LAST 261a/SPAN 261a, Studies in Spanish Literature I Rolena Adorno
LAST 262b/SPAN 262b, Studies in Spanish Literature II Leslie Harkema
LAST 274a/ER&M 274a/HSAR 416a, The Mexican Cultural Renaissance, 1920–1940 Monica Bravo
LAST 293b/ER&M 293b, History and Culture of Cuba Albert Laguna
LAST 318a/ARCH 341a/GLBL 253a, Globalization Space Keller Easterling
LAST 320b/AFAM 340b/AMST 303b/ER&M 320b/LITR 332b, Narratives of Blackness in Latino and Latin America Dixa Ramirez
LAST 334a or b/ER&M 364a or b/HIST 334Ja or b, Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Politics of Knowledge in Latin America
LAST 343a/SPAN 343a, Humor in Contemporary Spanish American Narrative Aníbal González-Perez
LAST 355a/HIST 355a, Colonial Latin America Stuart Schwartz
LAST 356b/ER&M 270b/HIST 358Jb, History of Mexico since Independence Gilbert Joseph
LAST 361b/HIST 361b, History of Brazil Stuart Schwartz
LAST 368a/ER&M 368a/HIST 368a, Political Violence, Citizenship, and Democracy in Latin America Marcela Echeverri
LAST 372a/ER&M 342a/HIST 372Ja, Revolutionary Change and Cold War in Latin America Gilbert Joseph
LAST 386a/GLBL 215a/MGRK 237a/PLSC 375a/SOCY 389a, Populism from Chavez to Trump Paris Aslanidis
LITR 360b/FILM 363b, Radical Cinemas of Latin America Moira Fradinger
PLSC 148b/HMRT 100b, Theories, Practices, and Politics of Human Rights Thania Sanchez
PLSC 152a/EP&E 245a/EP&E 449a, Global Firms and National Governments Joseph LaPalombara
PLSC 428a/EP&E 240a/GLBL 333a, Comparative Welfare Policy in Developing Countries Jeremy Seekings
Directed Reading and Senior Essay Courses
LAST 471a, Directed Reading
LAST 491a or b, The Senior Essay Ana De La O Torres
Modern Middle East Studies
- 346 Rosenkranz Hall, 203.436.2553
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Travis Zadeh (451 College St., Rm. 308, 203.432.6532, email@example.com)
Professors Abbas Amanat (History), Gerhard Böwering (Religious Studies), John Darnell (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations), Stephen Davis (Religious Studies), Steven Fraade (Religious Studies), Eckart Frahm (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations), Frank Griffel (Religious Studies), Dimitri Gutas (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations), Christine Hayes (Religious Studies), Hannan Hever (Comparative Literature), Marcia Inhorn (Anthropology), Anthony Kronman (Law), J.G. Manning (Classics; History), Ivan Marcus (History), Alan Mikhail (History), A. Mushfiq Mobarak (School of Management; Economics), Robert Nelson (History of Art), Maurice Samuels (French), Lamin Sanneh (Divinity), Shawkat Toorawa (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations), Harvey Weiss (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations)
Associate Professors Zareena Grewal (American Studies), Kaveh Khoshnood (Public Health), Mark Lazenby (Nursing), Kishwar Rizvi (History of Art), Eliyahu Stern (Religious Studies), Jonathan Wyrtzen (Sociology)
Assistant Professors Rosie Bsheer (History), Thomas Connolly (French), Robyn Creswell (Comparative Literature), Narges Erami (Anthropology), Jill Jarvis (French), Travis Zadeh (Religious Studies)
Senior Lecturers Geetanjali Singh Chanda (Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies), Tolga Köker (Economics), Kathryn Slanski (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations)
Lecturers Karla Britton (Architecture), Karen Foster (History of Art), Supriya Gandhi (Religious Studies), Emma Sky (Global Affairs)
Senior Lector II Shiri Goren
Senior Lectors Sarab Al Ani, Muhammad Aziz, Jonas Elbousty, Dina Roginsky, Farkhondeh Shayesteh
Lector Orit Yeret
The Modern Middle East Studies major focuses on the culture, history, religion, politics, and society of the modern Middle East in its full geographical breadth, using any of its four major languages, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Courses are selected from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and from other departments in the humanities and social sciences, including Anthropology, History, History of Art, Judaic Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology. The Modern Middle East Studies major gives students the language skills necessary to understand complex issues of the Middle East and serves as excellent preparation for graduate study or for business and professional careers in which an understanding of that region is essential.
There are no prerequisites, but prospective majors should keep the language requirement in mind while planning their course schedules (see below).
Requirements of the Major
Twelve term courses are required for the major, including three foundational courses, one each in modern thought, classical thought, and the modern Middle East. Six electives on the modern Middle East examine culture and thought, history, religion, politics, and society. Elective courses must be spread geographically and substantively; they must focus on at least two different subregions and originate in at least two different departments. The proposed course of study requires the approval of the director of undergraduate studies (DUS).
Language requirement All students are required to complete two courses at the L5 level in a Middle Eastern language. The two courses may be applied toward the twelve-course major requirement. Typical courses include ARBC 150, 151, and PERS 150.
Students in the major undertake a one- or two-term senior essay that involves use of materials in one or more modern Middle Eastern languages. The student selects a faculty adviser with competence in an appropriate language. A prospectus and outline signed by the adviser must be submitted to the DUS by the end of the fourth week of classes in either term of the senior year. Senior essays are graded by the adviser and a second reader. See the course descriptions of the senior essay courses (MMES 491, 492, 493) for additional information. Alternatively, majors may take an additional seminar and write an essay in that course to fulfill the senior requirement.
MMES 176a/PERS 161a, Cinema of Iran, Past and Present Farkhondeh Shayesteh
MMES 216b/HEBR 156b/JDST 405b, Dynamics of Israeli Culture Shiri Goren
MMES 335a/HIST 343a, Political Islam from Origins to Modern Times Abbas Amanat
MMES 082a/RLST 082a, Representing Muhammad Travis Zadeh
MMES 125b/HSAR 265b, Art of Byzantium, 850–1200 Robert Nelson
MMES 170a/ARBC 168a, Modern Arab Writers Muhammad Aziz
MMES 192a/RLST 170a, The Religion of Islam Gerhard Böwering
MMES 201a/HUMS 233a/LITR 178a/NELC 156a, Classics of the Arabic-Islamic World Shawkat Toorawa
MMES 342a/HIST 232Ja/HUMS 443a/JDST 270a/RLST 201a, Medieval Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Conversation Ivan Marcus
MMES 490a/NELC 490a, Introduction to Arabic and Islamic Studies Dimitri Gutas
The Modern Middle East
MMES 042a/HIST 042a, Oil and Empire Rosie Bsheer
MMES 102a/NELC 102a, Introduction to the Middle East Benjamin Foster
MMES 290a/PLSC 435a/RLST 290a, Islam Today: Jihad and Fundamentalism Frank Griffel
MMES 314b/HIST 319b/NELC 317b, Islam in Asia Valerie Hansen, Michael Rapoport
MMES 346a/HIST 344a, Making of the Modern Middle East Rosie Bsheer
MMES 347b/HIST 385Jb, Reformers and Revolutionaries in the Arab World Rosie Bsheer
MMES 349a/AFAM 420a/FREN 417a, Postcolonial Cities
MMES 139a/RLST 427a, Islam, Conquest, and Conversion Travis Zadeh
MMES 148b/HIST 345b/JDST 265b/RLST 202b, Jews in Muslim Lands from the Seventh to the Sixteenth Century Ivan Marcus
MMES 149a/ER&M 219a/HIST 219a/JDST 200a/RLST 148a, Jewish History and Thought to Early Modern Times Ivan Marcus
MMES 156a/HEBR 161a/JDST 407a, Israeli Popular Music Dina Roginsky
MMES 159a/HEBR 159a/JDST 409a, Conversational Hebrew: Israeli Media Shiri Goren
MMES 167b/HEBR 164b/JDST 417b, Biblical to Modern Hebrew for Reading Knowledge Dina Roginsky
MMES 197a/HIST 216a/JDST 332a/RLST 193a, Zionism Eliyahu Stern
MMES 235b/JDST 235b/NELC 231b/RLST 147b, Introduction to Judaism in the Ancient World Steven Fraade
MMES 282b/AFST 373b/GLBL 362b/SOCY 339b, Imperialism, Insurgency, and State Building in the Middle East and North Africa Jonathan Wyrtzen
MMES 291b/AFST 348b/SOCY 232b, Islamic Social Movements Jonathan Wyrtzen
MMES 310b/ANTH 311b, Anthropological Theory and the Post-Colonial Encounter Narges Erami
MMES 312b/JDST 312b/LITR 196b, Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain Peter Cole
MMES 412b/ANTH 431b, Artisanal Capitalism Narges Erami
MMES 418b/JDST 339b/LITR 418b/RLST 203b, Politics of Modern Hebrew Literature Hannan Hever
MMES 465a or b/ARBC 165a or b, Arabic Seminar
Directed Study and Senior Essay Courses
MMES 471a and 472b, Independent Directed Study
MMES 491a or b, Senior Essay
MMES 492a and 493b, The Yearlong Senior Essay
Russian and East European Studies
- 332 Luce Hall, 203.432.3423
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Marijeta Bozovic (2708 HGS, 203.432.1307, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professors Sergei Antonov (History), Paul Bushkovitch (History), Katerina Clark (Comparative Literature; Slavic Languages & Literatures), John Gaddis (History), Harvey Goldblatt (Slavic Languages & Literatures), John MacKay (Slavic Languages & Literatures; Film & Media Studies), Timothy Snyder (History)
Associate Professors Molly Brunson (Slavic Languages & Literatures), Jason Lyall (Political Science), Douglas Rogers (Anthropology), Marci Shore (History)
Assistant Professors Marijeta Bozovic (Slavic Languages & Literatures; Film & Media Studies; Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies), Marta Figlerowicz (Comparative Literature; English)
Senior Lectors II Irina Dolgova, Constantine Muravnik
Senior Lectors Krystyna Illakowicz, Julia Titus, Karen von Kunes
The major in Russian and East European Studies, administered by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of a broad region: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus, and Central Asia; Poland, Hungary, the Czech and Slovak Republics, and other areas in east central Europe; and the Balkans. The program is appropriate for students considering careers in international public policy, diplomacy, or business, and is also suited to students wishing to continue academic work.
Requirements of the Major
Thirteen term courses taken for a letter grade are required for the major. Students must take one course in Russian or East European history selected in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies (DUS). If Russian is presented as the primary language to satisfy the requirements of the major, then all East European language courses and third- and fourth-year Russian courses count toward the major. If an East European language other than Russian is presented as the primary language, then all courses in that language designated L3 or higher count toward the major. Electives are chosen in consultation with the DUS from an annual list of offerings. Electives must include at least one course in a social science. Other undergraduate courses relevant to Russian and East European Studies, including residential college seminars, may also count toward the major if approved by the DUS.
Languages A full understanding of the area demands knowledge of its languages. Students must demonstrate either proficiency in Russian or intermediate-level ability in an East European language. Students may demonstrate proficiency in Russian by (1) completing fourth-year Russian (RUSS 160, 161); (2) passing a written examination to demonstrate equivalent ability; or (3) completing a literature course taught in Russian and approved by the DUS. Students may demonstrate intermediate-level ability in an East European language by (1) completing a two-year sequence in an East European language (currently Czech, Polish, Romanian, or Ukrainian; students interested in studying other East European languages should contact the DUS); or (2) by passing a language examination demonstrating equivalent ability. Students are encouraged to learn more than one language.
Every major must write a senior essay in RSEE 490, 491. At the beginning of the senior year, students enroll in RSEE 490 and arrange for a faculty member to serve as senior adviser. By the third Friday of October, majors submit a detailed prospectus of the essay, with bibliography, to the adviser. A draft of at least ten pages of the text of the essay, or a detailed outline of the entire essay, is due to the adviser by the last day of reading period of the fall term. The student provides the adviser with a form that the adviser signs to notify the DUS that the first-term requirements for the senior essay have been met. Failure to meet these requirements results in loss of credit for RSEE 490. The senior essay takes the form of a substantial article, no longer than 13,000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Three copies of the essay are due in the Slavic departmental office by April 13, 2018. A member of the faculty other than the adviser grades the essay.
Students should be aware of opportunities for study and travel in Russia and eastern Europe. The DUS can provide information on these programs and facilitate enrollment. Students who spend all or part of the academic year in the region participating in established academic programs usually receive Yale College credit, and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities during summers or through the Year or Term Abroad program. Students wishing to travel abroad as part of the major should consult the DUS.
Qualified students may elect pertinent courses in the Graduate School with the permission of the instructor, the director of graduate studies, and the DUS.
The European and Russian Studies program does not offer the simultaneous award of the B.A. and M.A. degrees. However, students in Yale College are eligible to complete the M.A. in European and Russian Studies (with concentration in Russia and eastern Europe) in one year of graduate work. Students interested in this option must complete eight graduate courses in the area by the time they complete the bachelor’s degree. Only two courses may be counted toward both the graduate degree and the undergraduate major. Successful completion of graduate courses while still an undergraduate does not guarantee admission into the M.A. program. Students must submit the standard application for admission to the M.A. program.
RSEE 240a/CZEC 246a/FILM 364a, Milos Forman and His Films Karen von Kunes
RSEE 254b/LITR 245b/RUSS 254b, Novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky Molly Brunson
RSEE 350b/ENGL 198b/FILM 394b/LITR 409b, Internet Cultures, Histories, Networks, and Practices Marijeta Bozovic, Marta Figlerowicz
RSEE 355a/EVST 294a/HUMS 294a/RUSS 355a, Ecology and Russian Culture Molly Brunson
RSEE 490a and 491b, The Senior Essay
Related Courses That Count toward the Major
Students are encouraged to examine the offerings in Slavic Languages and Literatures and other departments, as well as residential college seminars, for additional related courses that may count toward the major.
ANTH 438b, Culture, Power, Oil Douglas Rogers
HIST 263a, Eastern Europe to 1914 Timothy Snyder
HIST 264b, Eastern Europe since 1914 Timothy Snyder
HIST 270Ja, Philosophy of History in Central Europe
South Asian Studies
- 210 Luce Hall, 203.436.3517
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Harry Blair (210 Luce, 203.432.5687, email@example.com)
Professors Akhil Amar (Law), Tim Barringer (History of Art), Nihal de Lanerolle (School of Medicine), Michael Dove (Anthropology; Forestry & Environmental Studies), Phyllis Granoff (Religious Studies), Inderpal Grewal (Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies), A. Mushfiq Mobarak (School of Management; Economics), Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan (Anthropology; Forestry & Environmental Studies), Shyam Sunder (School of Management), Steven Wilkinson (Political Science)
Associate Professors Mayur Desai (Public Health), Zareena Grewal (Ethnicity, Race, & Migration), Karuna Mantena (Political Science), Andrew Quintman (Religious Studies), Kishwar Rizvi (History of Art)
Assistant Professor Rohit De (History)
Senior Lecturers Carol Carpenter (Anthropology; Forestry & Environmental Studies), Geetanjali Singh Chanda (Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies)
Lecturers Hugh Flick, Jr. (Religious Studies), Supriya Gandhi (Religious Studies)
Senior Lectors David Brick, Seema Khurana, Swapna Sharma
The program in South Asian Studies combines the requirements of a discipline-based first major with significant course work in South Asian Studies. South Asian Studies can be taken only as a second major. The major is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of the history, culture, and languages of South Asia, as well as the region’s current social, political, and economic conditions. Work in a discipline-based major coupled with a focus on South Asia prepares students for graduate study, employment in nongovernmental organizations, or business and professional careers in which an understanding of the region is essential.
Requirements of the Major
In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the primary major, a student choosing South Asian Studies as a second major must complete seven term courses in South Asian Studies numbered 200 or above. At least two of the seven courses must address premodern South Asia, and at least two should be seminars. Students may petition the director of undergraduate studies (DUS) to include one relevant course from another department or program; approval may require additional course work on South Asian topics. Students must also complete the senior requirement and meet the major’s language requirement.
Language requirement One South Asian language must be studied at the advanced level (L5). Students who matriculate with advanced proficiency in a South Asian language (excluding English), as demonstrated through testing, are encouraged to study Sanskrit, or to study a second modern language through Yale courses or the Directed Independent Language Study program. Students may request substitution of another appropriate language (e.g., Persian or Arabic) for the core language requirement, and they are encouraged to pursue intensive language study through courses or work abroad.
Credit/D/Fail A maximum of one course taken Credit/D/Fail may count toward the major.
The senior requirement may be fulfilled by completion of a seminar that culminates in a senior essay. Alternatively, the requirement may be fulfilled by completion of a one-credit, two-term senior research project in SAST 491, 492, or by completion of a one-credit, one-term directed study in SAST 486 that culminates in a senior essay. The senior essay should be a substantial paper with a maximum length of 8,000 words for one term and 10,500 words for two terms. The use of primary materials in the languages of the region is encouraged in senior essay projects. The DUS must approve senior essay plans early in the student’s senior year.
The South Asian Studies major permits students to choose courses from a wide range of disciplines. Individual programs should have a balance between courses in the humanities and those in the social sciences. The proposed course of study must be approved each term by the DUS. Students should also identify an adviser from the South Asian Studies faculty in their area of specialization as early as possible.
Two majors Permission to complete two majors must be secured from the Committee on Honors and Academic Standing. Application forms are available from the residential college deans and must be submitted prior to the student’s final term.
Courses in the Graduate School Graduate courses in South Asian Studies are open to qualified undergraduates. Course descriptions appear in the online Graduate School bulletin (catalog.yale.edu/gsas) and are also available in the South Asian Studies program office. Permission of the instructor and of the director of graduate studies is required.
Up to three course credits from approved study abroad programs may be applied toward the requirements of the major, with permission of the DUS.
Language and Literature Courses
HNDI 110a, Elementary Hindi I
HNDI 120b, Elementary Hindi II
HNDI 130a, Intermediate Hindi I Swapna Sharma, Seema Khurana
HNDI 132a, Accelerated Hindi I Swapna Sharma
HNDI 140b, Intermediate Hindi II Seema Khurana, Swapna Sharma
HNDI 142b, Accelerated Hindi II Swapna Sharma
HNDI 150a, Advanced Hindi Seema Khurana
HNDI 198b, Advanced Tutorial Swapna Sharma
SKRT 110a/LING 115a, Introductory Sanskrit I David Brick
SKRT 120b/LING 125b, Introductory Sanskrit II David Brick
SKRT 130a/LING 138a, Intermediate Sanskrit I David Brick
SKRT 140b/LING 148b, Intermediate Sanskrit II David Brick
SKRT 150a, Advanced Sanskrit: Dharmasastra David Brick
General Courses in South Asian Studies
SAST 057a/RLST 015a, Gods and Heroes in Indian Religions Phyllis Granoff
SAST 224b/HIST 396b, India and Pakistan since 1947 Rohit De
SAST 260b/HSAR 143b/RLST 188b, Introduction to the History of Art: Buddhist Art and Architecture, 900 to 1600 Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan
SAST 267a/RLST 125a, Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice Eric Greene
SAST 278b/ECON 211b/GLBL 211b, Economic Performance and Challenges in India Rakesh Mohan
SAST 456b/LING 111b/LITR 152b, Sanskrit Classics in Translation David Brick
SAST 459b/RLST 182b, Buddhist Traditions of Mind and Meditation Andrew Quintman
SAST 467a/RLST 127a, Visual Worlds of Himalayan Buddhism Andrew Quintman
SAST 486a or b, Directed Study
Senior Essay Course
SAST 491a and 492b, Senior Essay
Southeast Asia Studies
- 311 Luce Hall, 203.432.3431
Kristine Mooseker (311 Luce, 203.432.3431, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professors Michael Dove (Forestry & Environmental Studies), J. Joseph Errington (Anthropology), Benedict Kiernan (History), James Scott (Political Science), Frederick Wherry (Sociology), Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (History of Art)
Associate Professor Erik Harms (Anthropology)
Senior Lecturers Carol Carpenter (Forestry & Environmental Studies; Anthropology), Amity Doolittle (Forestry & Environmental Studies)
Curator Ruth Barnes (Art Gallery)
Senior Lector II Quang Phu Van
Senior Lector Indriyo Sukmono
Lector Dinny Risri Aletheiani
The Council on Southeast Asia Studies offers an interdisciplinary program that brings together faculty and students sharing an interest in Southeast Asia and contributes to the curriculum with language courses, a weekly seminar series, periodic conferences, cultural events, and special lectures. Yale maintains extensive library and research collections on Southeast Asia, including online archives of periodicals and newspapers from all parts of the region.
Yale does not offer a degree in Southeast Asia studies, but majors in any department may consult with council faculty regarding a senior essay on a Southeast Asian topic, and in certain circumstances students who have a special interest in the region may consider a Special Divisional Major. Students interested in pursuing field research or language study in Southeast Asia may apply to the council for summer fellowship support.
Courses featuring Southeast Asian content are offered within a variety of departments each year, including Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, History of Art, Music, Philosophy, and Political Science, and in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. A list of courses for the current year can be obtained through the council office or website.
Language instruction at all levels is offered in two Southeast Asian languages, Indonesian and Vietnamese. Other Southeast Asian languages may be available in any given year via video conference through the Yale Shared Course Initiative. Check the SEAS Language Studies page on the Southeast Asia website for updated information. The Council on Southeast Asia Studies supports language tables and tutoring in other Southeast Asian languages through the Directed Independent Language Study Program.
INDN 110a, Elementary Indonesian I Indriyo Sukmono
INDN 120b, Elementary Indonesian II Indriyo Sukmono
INDN 130a, Intermediate Indonesian I Dinny Risri Aletheiani
INDN 140b, Intermediate Indonesian II Dinny Risri Aletheiani
INDN 150a or b, Advanced Indonesian I
INDN 160b, Advanced Indonesian II Indriyo Sukmono
INDN 170a, Advanced Indonesian: Special Topics Dinny Risri Aletheiani
INDN 180b, Research and Creative Project on Indonesia Dinny Risri Aletheiani
INDN 470a and 471b, Independent Tutorial Dinny Risri Aletheiani
VIET 110a, Elementary Vietnamese I Quang Phu Van
VIET 120b, Elementary Vietnamese II Quang Phu Van
VIET 132a, Accelerated Vietnamese Quang Phu Van
VIET 142b, Accelerated Vietnamese II Quang Phu Van
VIET 150a, Advanced Vietnamese Quang Phu Van
VIET 470a and 471b, Independent Tutorial Quang Phu Van