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NES Libraries:
Hebrew/Semitics/ Islamic

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Baer-Keller Library
of Egyptology

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Ancient Near Eastern
Seminar Room

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Memory & Identity
Working Group

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JAGNES: Journal of
Associated Graduates in
Near Eastern Studies


NESSA: Near Eastern Studies
Student Association



250 Barrows Hall
University of California,
Berkeley, CA

Ph: 510-642-3757
Fax: 510-643-8430




About the Department

Instruction in the Department of Near Eastern Studies is concerned with the languages, literatures, and civilizations of the ancient, medieval, and modern Near East. The Department offers specialized training in Archaeology, Art History, Assyriology, Egyptology, Iranian Studies, Judaic and Islamic Studies, Comparative Semitics, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic and Persian.

For students from other disciplines, 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. The Department strongly recommends that its own graduate students take advantage of courses in these other fields, provided that they are relevant to their fields of study. Credit for such courses will be recognized by the Department, subject to approval of the Adviser.

Many of the Department's courses are restricted to a small number of students, thus affording an opportunity for close contact with the instructing staff. The Department offers a comprehensive body of information on past and present Near Eastern civilizations; instruction is given in both language/literature and lecture courses.


The Department is one of several participating in the Graduate Program in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. The Department also participates with the Graduate Theological Union in the Joint Doctoral Program in Near Eastern Religions and in the Joint Doctoral Program in Jewish Studies.





Undergraduate Student Learning Goals

The Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative (USLI) is a campuswide project to support departments in establishing educational goals and evaluation procedures for the undergraduate programs.

Click on the link to learn more about the

Department of Near Eastern Studies Goals for Undergraduate Majors


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