Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations: Ancient Near East, BA

The major in Ancient Near East examines the languages, history, cultures, and archaeology of the Ancient Near 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
Select 6 course units in Language Requirement 26
Breadth Requirement
NELC 101/ANCH 025/HIST 024Introduction to the Ancient Near East1
NELC 102Introduction to the Middle East1
Concentration Requirements 3
Select 5 course units in Concentration Requirement5
Select 1 course unit in Concentration Paper1
Total Course Units34


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

NELC 395Senior Conference1
NELC 399Independent Study1


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.