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Hebrew language instructor, Nava Scharf, in her classroom with students

Language Study:

Need to take a placement exam? Interested in fulfilling your language requirement? Here are the modern language courses offered through the Department of Near Eastern Studies:


I feel fortunate to have interacted with so many brilliant individuals in a setting that was both academic and personal. The Near Eastern Studies program has facilitated an atmosphere of camaraderie and provided space for dynamic, divergent interests to coalesce.

— Arwah Yaqub, Class of 2016


Why major in Near Eastern studies?

The Near/Middle East is a region that has had an important impact on the development of human history and plays a vital role in today's world community. Encompassing the Near East from ancient times to the modern period, the department's course offerings encourage students to take an interdisciplinary approach to the cultures of this region and emphasize methods of historical and literary analysis. We've got incredible and enthusiastic faculty who are dedicated to their students, and passionate about their field of research (some might say obssessed, but who are we to judge). We offer a major and minor in near eastern studies, and a minor in Arabic and we can’t wait to get to know you!

Our Undergraduate Study page has more important information on the application process, career opportunities and more!