The requirements for students choosing a minor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations include Basic Requirements for all NELC minors and the requirements specific to a student’s chosen concentration. NELC offers concentrations in one of five areas:
Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations (ANE)
Arabic & Islamic Studies (Arab/Islam)
Arabic & Hebrew Studies - modern or medieval (Arab/Heb)
Hebrew & Judaica (Heb/Jud)
Persian Language & Literature (PLL)
All courses taken for the minor must be taken for grade. They cannot be taken pass/fail.
Language Requirement: 4 c.u.
Both basic language courses and advanced courses in literature in the original language count toward this requirement.
Electives: 4 c.u.
These will normally be content courses within the chosen concentration, but each concentration may specify additional requirements. Electives must be selected for appropriateness with the student's major Advisor. Students may count up to two courses from outside the Department (i.e. not cross-listed in NELC) towards the minor electives; and up to four courses, with the special approval of the student's Advisor. In no case may a student count more than half of the total minor requirements in non-NELC courses.
Ancient Near East (ANE):
This concentration explores the cultures of the broader ancient Near East and the Nile Valley, including civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Nubia, Syria, the Levant, Israel, Anatolia, and Persia. Students must complete NELC 0001 (Introduction to the Ancient Near East), as well as three other electives chosen from relevant courses in history and archaeology. The language requirement for the minor (4 c.u.) may include courses in Akkadian (ANEL 4000, 4100, 4250, 4300); Egyptian (ANEL 4500, 4600, 4700, 4750); Biblical Hebrew (HEBR 0150/0250 and 0350/0450); or Sumerian (ANEL 4200, 4400). However, 2 c.u. toward the language requirement may be fulfilled by appropriate courses in literature in translation such as NELC 0102 (Reading Ancient Mesopotamia) and NELC 0205 (The Literary Legacy of Ancient Egypt).
Arabic & Islamic Studies (Arab/Islam):
This concentration explores Arabic and/or Turkish cultures in the context of Islamic civilization. As a foundational requirement, students must complete NELC 0002 (Introduction to the Middle East). Students can then choose 3 other c.u. with one course each in the areas of history, religion, and literature. The 4 c.u. of the language requirement may be fulfilled through coursework in Arabic (ARAB) or Turkish (TURK). Normally, students with no prior language background would complete two years of Introductory and Intermediate Arabic (ARAB 0100-0400) or Turkish (TURK 0100-0400). Students with prior language knowledge in Arabic or Turkish may fulfill the requirement through other courses chosen in consultation with the Advisor.
Arabic & Hebrew Studies (Arab/Heb):
This concentration explores the inter-relationships between Arabic and Hebrew cultures within the modern and/or medieval periods. As a breadth requirement, students can choose either NELC 0001 (Introduction to the Ancient Near East) or NELC 0002 (Introduction to the Middle East). The language requirement is normally fulfilled by second-year level of proficiency in both Arabic and Hebrew (the equivalent of ARAB 0400 and HEBR 0400). This minor is most suited to students who enter with some degree of proficiency in one of these languages. Should a student enter with a second-year level of proficiency (demonstrated by a placement test) in one of the languages, the remaining c.u. must be used in the study of the second language. Students who enter with less than a second-year level of proficiency in one of the languages must consult with the Advisor to see if it is possible to achieve a second year level of proficiency in both languages which may require using some electives for language courses. Electives must include courses that deal with both Arabic and Hebrew cultures within the modern and/or medieval periods and should include courses from the areas of history, religion, and literature.
Hebrew & Judaica (Heb/Jud):
This concentration explores Hebrew and Jewish literature, cultures, histories, and religions from the Hebrew Bible through modern times. It consists of 8 c.u., divided among language (4 c.u) and elective (4 c.u) requirements. Students without previous knowledge of Hebrew are required to fulfill the language requirement with modern (HEBR 0100-0400) or Biblical (HEBR 0150-0450) Hebrew. Of the four remaining electives, 2 c.u. must be in the study of Hebrew texts from at least two of the following four areas: Hebrew Bible, Ancient (6th BCE-7th CE), Medieval-Early Modern (7th-18th Centuries), or Modern (18th-21st Centuries). For students with previous knowledge of Hebrew who place above lower-level Hebrew language courses, the corresponding number of language c.u. requirements will be converted to additional electives. The remaining 3 c.u. will be electives chosen in consultation with the student’s major Advisor. (NOTE: For students who have already fulfilled the language requirement in Hebrew when they first matriculate at the University, the minor requirement is reduced to 6 c.u., of which 3 c.u. are to be in the study of Hebrew texts in the original, from three of the four areas listed above).
Persian Language & Literature (PLL):
This concentration explores Persian culture in the context of Islamic civilization. As a foundational requirement, students must complete NELC 0002 (Introduction to the Middle East). Students can then choose 3 other c.u. in relevant coursework, with one course each in the areas of history, religion, and literature. The Persian language requirement is 4 c.u. For students with no prior knowledge of Persian this includes PERS 0100-400 (Introductory and Intermediate Persian). For students with prior knowledge of Persian beyond the Intermediate level, courses may be chosen from advanced language and literature courses chosen in consultation with the Advisor. Relevant courses include NELC 0700 (Iranian Cinema: Gender, Politics and Religion); NELC 1700 (Introduction to the Persian Poetic Tradition); NELC 1705 (Media and Culture in Contemporary Iran); and NELC 1710 (Modern Iran and the West through Fiction).