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Undergraduate Major Requirements

Major in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

The major is designed to provide a solid grounding in the student's area of focus and to offer an in-depth look at the ways in which modern scholars seek to understand the languages and cultures that have come from the Near East.

With a basic training in Near Eastern languages as the student's starting point, NELC and its adjunct departments offer serious coursework in various topics of Near Eastern study.


Students must complete a minimum of 25 credit hours within the department. Students need to select one of the two tracks offered in NELC: the culture track or the language track, as outlined below.

Culture Track

  1. Two years or the equivalent of Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, or Persian.
  2. Seven additional courses chosen with the consent of the undergraduate advisor.

Language Track

  1. Three years of Arabic, Hebrew, or Persian, including two semesters of study at the advanced level.
  2. Five additional courses chosen with the consent of the department's undergraduate advisor.

Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students planning on studying Arabic may wish to review our Arabic Language Curriculum booklet.

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