Near Eastern Studies (NES)

The Department of Near Eastern Studies offers instruction in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures  and religions of the ancient Near East and the medieval and modern Middle East. The department's language offerings provide the foundation for the academic study of the literatures, histories, cultures and religions of the region. The ancient language offerings include Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Avestan, Aramaic, and Classical Hebrew. The medieval and modern language offerings include Armenian, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek. The undergraduate programs in the department are designed to initiate the academic study of the region, enhance the student's critical skills, and promote an increased understanding of the historical processes underlying the transformation of cultures



The Career Center's Career Guide for Near Eastern Studies

Each Career Guide highlights curriculum requirements, as well as skills and abilities that may be developed and applied through each course of study. To complement the academic information, a range of interesting occupational opportunities are listed as a starting point for considering how academic experiences may translate to professional work settings. The Career Guide series represents a collaborative effort between The Career Center and numerous academic units.

Languages Taught +

  • Akkadian
  • Arabic (Modern Standard, Ancient, Classical, Medieval, Colloquial Egyptian, Colloquial Levantine
  • Aramaic
  • Armenian (Western, Eastern, Classical)
  • Avestan (Old Persian)
  • Coptic
  • Egyptian, Middle
  • Hebrew (Modern, Biblical)
  • Kazak
  • Persian
  • Sumerian
  • Turkish (Standard, Ottoman, Tanzimat)
  • Ugaritic
  • Uzbek

Near Eastern Studies Advising

Students interested in the Department's majors in ACABS, AAPTIS, HJCS, or NEC should contact the department's director of undergraduate studies who will direct the student to the appropriate department advisor. Students interested in the  minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures should develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the appropriate advisor. Appointments are scheduled in the department office.

Near Eastern Studies Faculty listing

Faculty listing for the Department of Near Eastern Studies

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