Graduate Program Overview

NELC has three main fields, each comprising several subfields.  

Ancient Near Eastern Studies

whose sub-fields include

a. Akkadian and Sumerian Studies
b. Archaeology of the Levant
c. Armenian Studies
d. Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
e. Iranian Studies *
f. Egyptology


Jewish History and Culture

whose sub-fields include

a. The Hebrew Bible in Its Jewish Interpretive Context
b. Jewish History and Culture of Antiquity
c. Medieval Jewish History and Culture
d. Modern Jewish History and Culture
e. Modern Jewish Literatures


Histories and Cultures of Muslim Societies

whose sub-fields include

a. Arabic language and literature
b. Islamic religion and culture
c. Islamic intellectual history (especially philosophy and theology)
d. Islamic institutional history
e. Islamic law
f. Modern Arabic literature and culture
g. Indo-Muslim Culture: The Study of Muslim Societies in South Asia
h. Islam in Africa
i. Persian Literatures and Cultures