About Graduate Programs in Near Eastern Studies
Graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. degree are offered in Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian languages and literatures, Near Eastern Archaeology, Art History, Cuneiform, Hebrew Bible, Biblical and Judaic Studies, Egyptology, and Islamic Studies.
The length of time needed to complete the Ph.D. in the Department depends on financial considerations, the extent of the student's earlier preparation, and similar factors. Students without the M.A. degree are urged to complete the M.A. requirements in two years and are urged to complete the Ph.D. degree requirements in an additional five years. Degree requirements should be completed according to the University's "normative time" standards. Students completing the M.A. degree requirements in this Department need to pass a Permission to Proceed exam after completing the M.A. requirements. Applicants without the M.A. degree should have fulfilled the equivalent of the Departmental requirements for the B.A. degree. Minor deficiencies in preparation would need to be repaired in the student's first year of graduate work.
Satisfying Requirements After being admitted to the Graduate Program:
Students without the M.A. Degree:
Once the student has been admitted in the Program, the M.A. degree requirements should be satisfied according to Plan II. In addition to the requirements outlined, the student must pass a reading examination in French or German. (If it is clearly necessary to the student's field of study, another modern language may be substituted on approval of the graduate adviser and the student's advisory committee).
Plan II requirements for students in language programs: (1) at least 24 units of course work, at least 12 of which must be in 200-series courses in the major and (possibly overlapping) three semesters of work in a Near Eastern language other than the student's major language; (2) two scholarly papers written independently or in connection with course work; (3) written M.A. examinations to test (a) working knowledge of the pertinent languages, (b) general knowledge of the history and civilizations of the area of emphasis, and (c) knowledge of and familiarity with other subjects suggested by the student's degree committee.
Plan II requirements for students in archaeology and art history programs with a Mesopotamian emphasis: (1) at least 24 units of course work, at least 12 of which must be in 200-series courses. Three semesters must be drawn from NES C220 and NES 223; (2) two scholarly papers written independently or in connection with course work; (3) written M.A. examinations covering one major and two minor fields.
Students with the M.A. Degree:
Except for the Graduate Division's academic residence requirement, there are no specific unit requirements for the Ph.D. in this Department. Students select courses that will prepare them to meet the requirements for admission to candidacy. It is expected that students will take seminars in at least two areas in the Department before taking preliminary examinations.
Admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree depends on successful completion of the following requirements:
(1) Ph.D. coursework; (2) reading examinations in French and German (proficiency in another language to the student's field of emphasis may be substituted for either French or German on approval of the graduate adviser and the student's advisory committee); (3) proficiency in one or two Near Eastern languages as required for the student's field of study. (For language majors, proficiency will be tested by a comprehensive exam, which must be taken and passed no later than the semester prior to the student's written preliminary examination, and the written preliminary examination, which will cover at least two Near Eastern languages. For Egyptian Archaeology and Art History majors, proficiency will be tested through the written preliminary examinations, which will include an examination in Egyptian and/or Coptic. Archaeology/art history students (except those in Egyptian archaeology) who have not completed a minimum of two years course work in an ancient or modern Near Eastern language must pass a proficiency examination in an ancient or modern Near Eastern Language before taking the preliminary examinations.); (4) field work (for art history and archaeology majors); (5) written preliminary examinations and the oral qualifying examination; (6) a prospectus of the dissertation approved by the student's proposed Ph.D. dissertation committee. After admission to candidacy, the student must fulfill the requirements for the dissertation as outlined in the Graduate Division's Guidelines.