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Near Eastern Studies

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2016 NES Graduation Ceremony

Highlights from the 2016 Near Eastern Studies Graduation and Awards Ceremony.

2016 NES Graduate Student Awards

A highlight of awards our graduate students have received.

The Department of Near Eastern Studies is part of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, which administers its undergraduate programs leading to the B.A. degrees, and of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, which administers its graduate programs leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The regular faculty numbers about 26 of which 12 are full professors. The Department offers several programs of study at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. levels, covering Near Eastern languages, literatures, civilizations, linguistics, history, Ancient studies, Biblical studies, Egyptology, Medieval Islamic history and Islamic studies.

Undergraduate Information Sessions

Interested in majoring or minoring in an NES program? Attend an information session! More details and RSVP

NES listed under new subjects in the LSA Course Guide:

  • ARABIC (Arabic language)
  • ARMENIAN (Armenian language)
  • HEBREW (Hebrew language)
  • NESLANG (Ancient languages)
  • PERSIAN (Persian language)
  • TURKISH (Turkish language)
  • NEAREAST (culture/content courses) 
    • topics include: Biblical studies, Islamic studies, Jewish culture and religion, ancient civilizations, and others focused on Middle Eastern culture, literature, linguistics, history, and visual culture