Minor: Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

The minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is not open to students with a major or another  minor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Effective Fall 2001

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.

The  minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures provides students with the opportunity of gaining fundamental knowledge of Near East civilizations, through the study of lower and upper level language and humanities courses in one of the three divisions of the Near Eastern Studies Department, Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS), Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS), and Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS).

Prerequisites to the  Minor

  1. AAPTIS 100 / ACABS 100 / HJCS 100 / HISTORY 132: Peoples of the Middle East.
  2. First three terms of a Near Eastern language Akkadian and Sumerian, Classical Hebrew, Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, or Modern Hebrew

Academic Minor Program

At least 16 credits of courses to be chosen from the following categories:

  1. Language course: Fourth term of the Near Eastern language chosen for the prerequisite.
  2. Culture/Society courses: at least three courses in the same division as the language chosen for the prerequisite, one of which must be at the 400- or 500-level.

Because of the great variety of divisions in Near Eastern Studies, and the diversity of its curriculum, there is no pre-set sequence, but courses are chosen from the set of courses open for concentration. Each student determines his or her course work in consultation with a concentration advisor at the beginning of the program. Student progress will be regularly monitored by the appropriate undergraduate advisor.


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