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Departmental Honors Program

The departmental honors program is designed to provide outstanding students with an in-depth training in Arabic or Persian. Such students are encouraged to enroll in this program in their junior or senior year.

Honors students must complete a minimum of two courses:

  1. N399 Reading for Honors (3 cr.)
  2. N499 Honors Thesis (3 cr.)

Students interested in enrolling in N399 should consult the departmental honors advisors and the appropriate language supervisor for Arabic or Persian.

In N399 students will do advanced readings in Arabic or Persian in preparation for work on a research project.

N499 involves a research project leading to the completion of the student's honors thesis. This course should be taken under the supervision of the faculty tutor who guided the student in N399.


General Education at NELC

All IUB undergraduate students who matriculate in or after first summer session of 2011 are required to complete the campuswide GenEd program prior to graduation. This new curriculum is intended to ensure that, through the Common Ground requirements, all undergraduates at IUB develop a host of essential skills in arts and humanities, social and historical studies, natural and mathematical sciences, and world languages and cultures. The GenEd Curriculum also includes Shared Goals of intensive writing experience, information fluency, an understanding of diversity in the United States, and other enriching educational experiences. The Common Ground requirements are the same for all undergraduate students, regardless of their school or academic unit. Shared Goals are implemented by the schools in ways that complement their degree programs. For a list of NELC courses offered to satisfy the General Education requirements, consult the GenEd master list.

Breadth of Inquiry: Arts and Humanities
NELC-N 212 Contemporary Literatures of the Middle East (in English Translation)

Breadth of Inquiry: Social and Historical Studies
NELC-N 122 U.S. Foreign Policy and the Muslim World
NELC-N 208 Muslim Communities in Europe and the U.S.: Transnational Islam
NELC-N 220 Muhammad: Life of the Prophet
NELC-N 265 Introduction to Islamic Civilization
NELC-N 268 Military History of the Middle East

Breadth of Inquiry: World Languages
NELC-A 100 Elementary Arabic I
NELC-A 150 Elementary Arabic II
NELC-A 160 First-Year Arabic
NELC-A 200 Intermediate Arabic I
NELC-A 250 Intermediate Arabic II

Breadth of Inquiry: World Cultures
NELC-N 204 Topics in Middle Eastern Culture and Society
NELC-N 212 Contemporary Literatures of the Middle East (in English Translation)
NELC-N 220 Muhammad: Life of the Prophet
NELC-N 265 Introduction to Islamic Civilization

Students planning on studying Arabic may wish to review our Arabic Language Curriculum booklet.

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