The Undergraduate Major
Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies offers instruction at the introductory to advanced levels in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East (Anatolia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Jordan and Syria). The major can select one of four programs: Ancient Mesopotamia, Hebrew Bible/Ancient Israel, Ancient Egypt and New Testament/Early Christianity, or any combination thereof with the permission of the ACABS advisor.
The course ACABS 100: Peoples of the Middle East is a prerequisite to the ACABS concentration. The ACABS major is required to complete four semesters of language. The languages for which four semesters of instruction are offered include Akkadian, Classical Hebrew, and Classical Greek (through Classical Studies). Fourth term proficiency in Classical Hebrew or Classical Greek satisfies the language requirement of the College of LS&A. In place of the four semesters of one language, the concentrator can select one of the following language options: one year of Akkadian followed by one year of Sumerian; or one year of Classical Hebrew followed by one semester of Aramaic and one semester of Ugaritic; or one year of Classical Hebrew followed by a year of Classical Greek; or one year of Middle Egyptian and a year of one of the following languages: Classical Greek, Classical Hebrew or Akkadian.
In addition to the four semesters of language, the ACABS concentrator must elect six additional courses in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East. These six courses are to be selected from the four course levels: no more than one each at the 100 level, 200 level, and 300 level, and at least three at the 400-500 level. The concentrator must also complete two cognate courses at the 300 level or above outside the subject of concentration. The cognate courses must be approved by the concentration advisor.
1. The Prerequisite Course to the Concentration
2. Courses to Fulfill Language Requirements
Classical Hebrew and Northwest Semitics
Classical Greek (Classical Studies)
3. The Core Elective Courses
4. The Elective Cognate Courses
In consultation with the concentration advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the student must select a minimum of two cognate courses at the 300 level or above outside the subject of concentration. This may include course selections from other subjects within the department of Near Eastern Studies, and cross-listed courses.
Anthropology 383: Prehistory of Africa
The NES Honors Concentration
Concentrators who qualify as candidates for Honors are those who meet the requirements for a regular concentration, maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 overall and 3.5 in the concentration, and complete the writing of a senior thesis with distinction. Honors concentrators are required to enroll in the thesis course (498) during their senior year of research and writing. Further information concerning the Honors concentration can be obtained at the NES office (room 4111, Thayer Building) or at the Honors Program Office (1330 Mason Hall).
During the academic year (Fall and Winter terms) the department requires that students use the LS&A Online Advising Calendar to schedule advising appointments, available at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/neareast/undergraduate/advising. Please note, scheduling summer (May through early August) advising is done by contacting the department directly at 734-764-0314.