Near Eastern Studies
We offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study the languages, literatures, cultures, religions and history of regions from ancient Sumer to the modern Middle East. We also help to educate students and the wider academic community about cross-cultural, trans-historical and inter-religious issues related to the region.
A&S faculty will lead many courses on campus and join educational vacations as part of Cornell Adult University.Read More
Hear about the Cornell experiences of some of the amazing students in our graduating class.Read More
Dana Slayton is a Near Eastern studies major,Read More
Cornell University is pleased to announce a call for papers for an online workshop on “Judeo-Persian Literature at the Intersection of Jewish Studies and Iranian Studies,” held entirely on Zoom on December 6 and 7, 2022. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 10.Read More
Fifty undergrads in the College of Arts & Sciences will take part in paid research projects in Ithaca this summer with faculty from throughout the College.Read More
Take a class
Explore the diversity of the Middle East in a class like "Wondrous Literatures of the Near East" (NES 2754) or "Islam and Gender" (NES 2270).
We offer classes on a wide range of topics, regions, and time periods of the Middle East.
Study a Near Eastern language
See all of the Middle Eastern languages taught in the department.
Get department updates
We send out e-newsletters regularly during the academic school year.
Support Near Eastern studies at Cornell
Your support enables the department to enhance the experience for undergraduate and graduate students and contribute to faculty excellence. Gifts can help fund lectures and conferences, faculty and student research, distinguished speakers, and other department priorities. We will greatly appreciate and immediately put into use any gift, no matter the amount.
Please consider a donation to the department endowment gifts fund. We place gifts made to this fund into an endowment account where they are invested in perpetuity. Income from the endowment is provided each year to the department for priorities.