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The Department of Near Eastern Studies serves as the central hub of teaching and research on the Near East for Cornell University.  

The “Near East”—as defined by the department—extends from Morocco (and medieval Spain) across North Africa, through Egypt, the Levant (Israel and Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan), Turkey and South-West Asia. We offer courses on a wide array of subjects important for understanding the breadth of Near Eastern civilizations, including language, literature, history, linguistics, archaeology and religion.

Career Development:

Do you dream of starting your own business or becoming a professor and inspiring others? Do you want to work for an NGO and change the world or improve people's lives through health-care discoveries? Maybe you think you'd make a great government leader, lawyer, philosopher, economist or computer scientist. Maybe you're not sure of your path, but you have some subjects that really interest you.

The Arts & Sciences Career Development Center is your first stop for advice on careers, internships or graduate school. They specialize in helping liberal arts students determine career objectives and market their skills to employers. 

Career development advisers are here to help. It's never too early to start thinking about your future.

Meet our Grad Students:

Meet some of our wonderful grad students. For a look at their Q&A's, click on their names below!

  • Kyle Anderson- Modern Middle East history
  • Kiley Foster - Islamic Spain, and the cultural and economic history of the Medieval Islamic world
  • Cale Staley - Hebrew Bible, Near Eastern Archaeology, Achaemenid Persia and the Digital Humanities including Text Analysis, Digital Mapping and 3D Modeling

The NES major not only gave me a wonderful liberal arts education, but also helped me to discover a more diverse range of courses and interests than I could have imagined. I am extremely grateful to the supportive, approachable faculty of this department for sharing their passions with me.

— Julia Pascale, Class of 2016