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 wide variety of courses to supplement such related fields as classics, linguistics, history, political science, comparative literature, anthropology, and art history. NES is one of the leaders in the Digital Humanities movement on campus.

The Department offers a comprehensive body of information on past and present Near Eastern civilizations.

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NES Commencement Ceremony

The Department of Near Eastern Studies' Commencement Ceremony (date and time to be determined for May 2019). More information about the commencement...

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