MENAS Students

Record number of Middle East and North African Studies graduates.

MENAS Students

A record number of 19 students will graduate in June with either a Major or a Minor in MENAS. Currently there are 20 MENAS majors and 23 Minors. This is the undergraduate degree program of choice for students who seek a general education with special emphasis in the Middle East and North Africa from late Antiquity to the present, or plan to live and work in the region, or seek background knowledge of MENA heritage in the US, or are preparing for academic study at the graduate level.

A quarterly highlight is the faculty-student mixer, which provides the opportunity for students and professors to swap stories, exchange information and just get to know one another in an informal atmosphere while noshing on delicious food. The Spring mixer featured a presentation by Professor Sondra Hale (Anthropology and Women’s Studies) on her experience studying the situation of women in the Sudan. MENAS is becoming well known even beyond UCLA. Yared Asnake, currently a student at Santa Monica College, plans to enter the MENAS program in Fall 2007. “What attracted me to MENAS was its unique coupling of Africa and the Middle East in a single program. Also, the broadness of the program allows you to design your studies to fit any career imaginable dealing with these regions.” Yared felt right at home during our last mixer.