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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. The Department of Near Eastern Studies offers language instruction in the four main modern languages of the Near East/Middle East, as well as ancient and other less commonly taught languages. If you need to take a placement exam in one of the modern languages, please contact the appropriate instructor. We've got incredible and enthusiastic faculty who are dedicated to their students, and passionate about their field of research. We offer a major and minor in near eastern studies, and a minor in Arabic. Find out more on the Undergraduate Study page.


My involvement with this department has been incredibly rewarding and illuminating, and I can safely say that the professors and students with whom I studied had a profoundly positive impact on both my career and my personality.

— Emily Koppelman, Class of 2013