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The following departments and programs are closely connected to the Department through joint faculty members, cross-listed courses and collaborative events and projects.

Jewish Studies

Hebrew text  The Jewish Studies Program was founded as an extension of the Department of Semitic Languages and Literatures, now the Department of Near Eastern Studies, in 1973 and attained status as an intercollegiate program in 1976.

Director: Jonathan Boyarin (anthropology and near eastern studies)

Religious Studies

buddhist monks meditating  The Religious Studies Program offers an excellent opportunity to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the complex ways in which religious traditions inform human thought and behavior. The courses offered through our program are built on the established scholarly tradition of the study of religion as an academic, as opposed to confessional, pursuit. Religious traditions are explored in all of their complexity through comparative, contextual (in specific historical or cultural contexts) and thematic studies.

Director: Kim Haines-Etizen (near eastern studies)

Medieval Studies

text from illustrated manuscript  The Graduate Program in Medieval Studies at Cornell University was founded in 1966 to enable students to pursue a degree in Medieval Studies that would provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the Middle Ages from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

Director: David S. Powers (near eastern studies)

Archaeology and Material Studies

children dig for "artifacts" during archaeology workshop  The Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS)  is an interdisciplinary field that offers one of the few majors in archaeology available in the United States today. Faculty members affiliated with several departments coordinate archaeology course offerings and help students identify archaeology-related opportunities for fieldwork, graduate study and professional positions.

Director: Kurt Jordan (anthropology)

Middle Eastern Music Ensemble

Oud, a guitar-like instrument  Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble (CUMEME) is a Cornell University Student organization. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and Ithaca community members. CUMEME performs traditional Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek and other music from the Middle East (aka Near East). Ensemble rehearsals consist of learning and analyzing instruments and repertoire from the folk, popular and classical genres, and several performances are given throughout the semester.

More information: cumememusic@gmail.com