Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations: Arabic & Islamic Studies, BA

Arabic and Islamic Studies focuses on languages and cultures of the wider Middle East in the context of Islamic Civilization. Because of the interdependence of language and culture, a primary emphasis is on gaining mastery of Middle Eastern languages such as Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, alongside coursework in history, religion, and culture.

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 of 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

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 in Arabic, Persian or Turkish.


May focus on either Medieval or Modern Periods, to be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

Minimum of one course each in History, Literature (original language or in translation) and Religion.


Required: 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 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.