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Arabic teaching experience inspires studentsPhoto right: Kevin Davis, left, and Souvik Basu, two students in the Arabic class at Auburn Correctional Facility, get ready for the Cornell Prison Education Program commencement last spring, where they received associate's degrees from Cayuga Comm
Spring 2020 Language AwardsDepartment faculty nominate students each semester to receive awards for excellence in a Near Eastern language.
Film screening and discussion to celebrate writer KahanoffWriter Jacqueline Kahanoff was born in 1917 to a French-speaking Jewish family in Cairo, and came of age intellectually in New York City and Paris.
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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 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 language 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.