About the Department

Berkeley's Near Eastern Studies Department, founded in 1894, is one of the oldest and most distinguished such departments in the country. The Department offers both general instruction and specialized training in Archaeology, Art History, Assyriology, Egyptology, Iranian Studies, Judaic and Islamic Studies, Comparative Semitics, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.

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The Department offers a comprehensive body of information on past and present Near Eastern civilizations and a wide variety of courses to supplement such related fields as classics, linguistics, history, political science, comparative literature, anthropology, and art history. Near Eastern Studies is one of the leaders in the Digital Humanities movement on campus.
Every summer, Near Eastern Studies offers courses that are open to Berkeley students and to students and visitors from around the nation and the world. Qualified high school students may also attend. For more information, please view the department's Summer Course Listing and Summer Sessions web site.

NES Commencement Ceremony

The Department of Near Eastern Studies' Commencement Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Toll Room of Alumni House. More information about the commencement...

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