Departments & Programs

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Major in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


The major is designed to provide basic training in the languages of the Near East and to introduce students to Near Eastern cultures.

Required Courses

Students must select either the Language Track or the Culture Track. Students must complete a minimum of 25 credit hours in department-approved courses. Students with language proficiency who are not eligible for special credit in the major language will need to take department-approved advanced language courses or additional culture courses to meet the 25 credit hour minimum required for the major.

Language Track (Arabic, Hebrew, or Persian)
  1. Three years of Arabic, Hebrew, or Persian language (or the equivalent).
  2. Five additional courses (minimum of 15 credit hours) chosen with the consent of the undergraduate advisor.
Culture Track
  1. Two years of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish language (or the equivalent).
  2. Seven additional courses (minimum of 21 credit hours) chosen with the consent of the undergraduate advisor.

Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Related Fields
Anthropology, Central Eurasian studies, classics, comparative literature, economics, fine arts, folklore, gender studies, geography, history, history of art, Jewish studies, linguistics, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and sociology.