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Undergraduate Minor Requirements

Minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures offers a minor in six different tracks: Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Kurdish, Islamic Studies, and Near Eastern Civilizations.


Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours within the department.

  • Nine of these credit hours must be taken in the NELC department or relevant courses in affiliated departments on the Bloomington campus. No more than six credit hours of foreign-study, transfer, or special credits can be accepted with the consent of the department's undergraduate advisor. COAS Topics courses taught by NELC faculty can count toward the NELC minor.
  • For the minor tracks in Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Kurdish, two courses are required in the appropriate Near Eastern language. This requirement cannot be satisfied through testing. In addition, at least three credit hours are required in a course related in content to the student's primary language, but not a language course per se.
  • For the minor tracks in Islamic Studies and Near Eastern Civilization, students must take 15 credit hours, selected from the broad array of departmental courses.

Each student's course work must be approved by the department's Arabic Language Curriculum booklet.

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