Departments & Programs

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) offers a major leading to the B.A. degree with tracks in Arabic, ancient Egyptian, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish, as well as minors in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Islamic Studies, and Near Eastern Civilization. Courses are also available to students in other disciplines who wish to acquire a working knowledge of a Near Eastern language or satisfy a foreign language requirement. Courses in Near Eastern literatures and cultures, many of which are open to students with no knowledge of these languages, may be used in conjunction with other disciplines such as linguistics, English, comparative literature, and folklore to satisfy Breadth of Inquiry requirements. All courses can also be taken as electives.

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is affiliated with the new School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, dedicated to providing Indiana University undergraduates with the intellectual tools they will need to live, work, and thrive in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Degree programs associated with SGIS emphasize language proficiency, cultural competency, and in-depth training in qualitative and quantitative methodologies. SGIS students will enjoy unparalleled access to a stellar faculty and career-focused advising. 

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Contact Information

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Indiana University
GISB Third Floor East, GA 3050D
355 North Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

(812) 855-5993
nelc [at] indiana [dot] edu