Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures: Ancient Middle East, BA

The major in Ancient Middle East examines the languages, history, cultures, and archaeology of the Ancient Middle East: from Prehistory through the early complex of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Levant. Because of the interdependence of language and culture an emphasis of the major is gaining facility of one or more ancient languages, alongside courses in history, religion, and archaeology.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.


For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Language Requirement
Choose one of the following options:4
4 credits in AMEL 0000-4999 courses
2 credits in Language Electives (Attribute ANEL, ANML, ANBH or ANLT)2
Breadth Requirement
MELC 0001/ANCH 0100/HIST 0730Introduction to the Ancient Middle East1
MELC 0002Introduction to the Middle East1
Concentration Requirements 3
5 Credits of coursework (Attribute ANNE) 5
Select 1 course unit in Concentration Paper1
Total Course Units34

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


This requirement may be fulfilled by taking at least 4 course units of Egyptian or Biblical Hebrew or West Semitic languages or Cuneiform (Akkadian/ Sumarian) and no more than 2 course units of appropriate literature in translation.


May focus on at least two ancient civilizations. To be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.


Requirements: A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in major related courses.

MELC 4995Senior Conference1
MELC 4999Independent Study1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.