Near Eastern Studies (NES)

The Department of Near Eastern Studies (NES) teaches the diverse histo-ries, religions, languages and literatures that originated in a vast region of the world extending from the Nile to the Oxus Rivers, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean. Faculty provide students majoring in Near Eastern Studies with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to societies, beginning with the emergence of cities and writing in Sumer and Ancient Egypt to the rise of ancient Levantine and Anatolian cultures,  the formation of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and onwards to the Modern Middle East, extending to its transnational and diasporic com-munities. The course offerings in the major are designed to provide an understanding of the dynamics that have shaped the literary, linguistic, visual, social and political histories of Middle Eastern societies past and present.

In the Near Eastern Studies curriculum, all non-language/cultural studies courses fall under the NEAREAST subject code while the language courses are divided into the following subjects: ARABIC, ARMENIAN, HEBREW, PERSIAN, TURKISH, and NESLANG (for the ancient languages).

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 declaring a Near Eastern Studies major or minor should plan to meet with an advisor before doing so to create a comprehensive and cohesive plan of study. Appointments are scheduled in the department office.

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