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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Summer Course Offerings
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. Near Eastern Studies is one of the leaders in the Digital Humanities movement on campus.
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.

NES Commencement Ceremony

The Department of Near Eastern Studies' Commencement Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., in Toll Room of Alumni House. More information about the commencement...

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