Indiana University Bloomington
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Undergraduate Program

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures introduces people, languages, cultures, and societies of the Near and Middle East to the students. Beyond the development of skills in one or more of the languages of the region, a wide variety of directions of study is available to students. We offer a major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, and minors in Arabic, Persian, 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. Students considering careers in government and foreign service, law, journalism, education, or business, among others, and those who anticipate graduate study in Near Eastern or related fields may be particularly interested in NELC courses.

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 Comparative Literature, English, Folklore, and Linguistics, or to satisfy college distribution requirements. Many courses can also be taken as electives.


Should you need more information, consult either of the following:

Salman H. Al-Ani
Professor, NELC
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Goodbody Hall 204
(812) 855-8555
Undergraduate studies, undergraduate admissions
Nathan Hendershott
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Ballantine Hall 437
(812) 855-6263

Current students may schedule an appointment online using StarNet. After logging in, choose Schedule an Appointment, and select "nahender" from the drop-down list of advisors.

Undergraduate advising, scheduling visits to campus for prospective students, undergraduate degree requirements
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