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Undergraduate Major

The Major in Near Eastern Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Near East by exploring the languages, literature, cultures, religions and history from antiquity to the modern day. The major will also help prepare you for graduate study of the Near East. 

Here are some courses being taught in Fall 2016:

[Being an NES major] was a wonderful experience where I got to learn about the history, cultures, and languages of an incredibly beautiful and influential region of the world.

— Matthew Sobiesk, Class of 2016

Featured new course:

NES 4542- The Modern Middle East During the Long Nineteenth Century

Thursday 2:30-4:25     M. Minawi      4 credits

This senior/graduate seminar will tackle some of the main debates in the historiography of the Middle Eastern, by focusing on the history of Middle East during the period of Ottoman rule. The Middle East is a loosely defined geographic area, which for the purpose of this course will include parts of North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Fertile Crescent, and the Arabian Peninsula. Concentrating on the Middle East in the 19th century will provide the context in which to discuss ideas such as imperialism, colonialism, orientalism, center-periphery relations, centralization vs. decentralization and ethnic nationalism against the background of fast-moving developments of the Late Ottoman Empire. Students will be expected to have basic background knowledge in Middle Eastern/Islamic History.