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Near Eastern Studies Advising

Near Eastern Studies major programs prerequisitesThe student must select one of four programs: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS); Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS); Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS); or Near Eastern Civilizations (NEC)

Prerequisite to the Majors

All Near Eastern Studies majors must complete the prerequisite course ACABS 100 / AAPTIS 100 / HJCS 100 / HISTORY 132: Peoples of the Middle East.

Requirements for the Majors

The student must select one of four divisions in Near Eastern Studies in which to pursue a major. Three divisions with special language requirements are: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS); Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS); or Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS). Each of the three divisions provides specific programs to enhance the focus of the major. The department also offers a general studies major in Near Eastern Civilizations (NEC), a major without the language component of other program majors. A major in the department requires completion of course work in four categories: the prerequisite courses, the required language courses, the divisional elective courses and the optional elective or cognate courses. The divisions and their programs are described below. Near Eastern Studies also offers minors in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Early Christian Studies.

All Near Eastern Studies majors must complete a minimum of thirty hours of major credit in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures and religions of the region. In addition, each concentrator must select two additional courses from offerings other than those provided by the division of major. Both cognate courses must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies and the student's department advisor. The student must maintain at least a grade of a  C in each term of a required major language. Those courses for which a student receives a lesser grade must be repeated.

Honors Plan

Majors who qualify as candidates for Honors in Near Eastern Studies are those who meet the requirements for a regular major, maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 overall and 3.5 in the major, and complete the writing of a senior thesis with distinction. Honors majors are required to enroll in the thesis course (498) both semesters of their senior year, for not less than three or more than six credits per semester. Further information concerning the Honors major can be obtained at the departmental office or the Honors Program Office (1330 Mason Hall).

 

Near Eastern Civilizations (NEC) Major (Fall 1994-Summer 2015)

May be elected as a departmental major

Effective Fall 1994 through Summer 2015 (Name change effective Fall 1997 - previously Near Eastern Studies Departmental Major)

The Department of Near Eastern Studies also offers a general departmental studies major. The purpose of this major is to provide the student with an intensive survey of the literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East and the medieval and modern Middle East but without the language component of the other program majors. The student who wishes to declare the Near Eastern Civilizations (NEC) may substitute for the four terms of language an equal number of courses in literature, history, culture or religion. The NEC concentrator must complete at least six of the ten total courses in one of the three divisions within the department, ACABS, AAPTIS, or HJCS, and one course in each of the other two. Of those six divisional courses, the student must select a minimum of three from the 400-500 level offerings. The students must also select two cognate courses from outside the division of the six divisional courses. As with the other majors, the minimum number of credit hours for the NEC is 30 and the prerequisite course is ACABS 100/ AAPTIS100 / HJCS 100/ HISTORY 132, Peoples of the Middle East. Honors is not normally awarded to the student in NEC, although petitions for exceptions can be made to the director of undergraduate studies.

To declare this major, the student must obtain prior approval from the director of undergraduate studies and the department advisor. Please contact the departmental secretary to make an appointment with the department advisor.

 NEC Requirements in summary:

  1. Prerequisites to the Major
    1. Approval of director of undergraduate studies.

    2. ACABS 100/ AAPTIS100 / HJCS 100/ HISTORY 132 : Peoples of the Middle East.

  2. Divisional Distribution
    1. Six of ten courses in one division.

    2. A minimum two other courses with one in each of the other two divisions.

  3. Levels Distribution
    1. Five of ten at 400-500 level.

    2. Three at 400-500 level in division where the six courses are selected.

    3. At least one each at 100-, 200-, and 300-level.


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