Gateway Courses

Gateway courses will give you foundational training and exposure to the field in preparation for the more specialized advanced work that you will do in your chosen concentration pathway or secondary field.

The department offers four secondary field pathways, with specific gateway courses, for undergraduate concentrators and for secondary field candidates from departments other than NELC. See the my.Harvard course search for complete descriptions of all NELC courses.

I. Middle East in Antiquity

Offered Fall 2018 
  • Ancient Near East 103 (ANE 103): Ancient Lives

Offered Spring 2019 

  • Societies of the World 38 (SOCWORLD 38): Pyramid Schemes: The Archaeological History of Ancient Egypt
Not Offered 2018-19 
  • Ancient Near East 100 (ANE 100): History of the Ancient Near East
  • Ancient Near East 102 (ANE 102): Introduction to Mesopotamian Religion
  • Ancient Near East 120A (ANE 120A): Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament 1: Pentateuch and Former Prophets
  • Ancient Near East 120B (ANE 120B): Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament 2: Latter Prophets and Writings
  • Ancient Near East 126 (ANE 126): History of the Religion of Ancient Israel
  • Ancient Near East 128 (ANE 128): Ancient Egypt and the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Culture and Belief 23 (CULTBLF 23): From the Hebrew Bible to Judaism, From the Old Testament to Christianity
  • Egyptian 150 (EGYPTIAN 150): Voices from the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Literature in Translation

II. Jewish Studies

Offered Fall 2018 
  • Jewish Studies 111 (JEWISHST 111): Modern Jewish Thought
Offered Spring 2019 
  • Societies of the World 35 (SOCWORLD 35): Conditional Equality: The Case of the Jews of Europe in Modern Times 
Not Offered 2018-19 
  • Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 29 (AESTHINT 29): Modern Jewish Literature
  • Culture and Belief 27 (CULTBLF 27): Among the Nations: Jewish History in Pagan Christian and Muslim Context
  • History 60E (HIST 60E): Overlapping Spheres: Jewish Life in Early Modern Europe
  • History 1083 (HIST 1083): American Jewish History
  • Religion 25 (RELIGION 25): Judaism: Text and Tradition

III. Histories and Cultures of Muslim Societies (Islamic Studies)

Offered Fall 2018 
  • Islamic Civilizations 145A (ISLAMCIV 145A): Introduction to Islamic Philosophy and Theology: The Formative and Classical Periods (8th to 15th centuries)
Offered Spring 2019 
  • Culture and Belief 19 (CULTBLF 19): Understanding Islam and Contemporary Muslim Societies
Not Offered 2018-19 
  • Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 54 (AESTHINT 54): For the Love of God and His Prophet: Religion, Literature and the Arts in Muslim Cultures
  • Islamic Civilizations 145B (ISLAMCIV 145B): Introduction to Islamic Philosophy and Theology: The Early-Modern and Modern Periods (16th to 20th centuries)
  • Islamic Civilizations 175 (ISLAMCIV 175): Islam in African History
  • Islamic Civilizations 183 (ISLAMCIV 183): Reform and Revival in Modern Islam, 19th -20th centuries
  • Religion 1802 (RELIGION 1802): Introduction to Islamic Mysticism: The Sufi Tradition
  • Religion 1806 (RELIGION 1806): The Vocabulary of Islam

VI. Modern Middle Eastern Studies

Offered Fall 2018   
Offered Spring 2019   
Not Offered 2018-19 
  • The Modern Middle East 100 (MODMDEST 100): Approaches to Middle Eastern Studies (required for concentration and secondary field)
  • The Modern Middle East 105 (MODMDEST 105): Peoples and Societies of the Middle East
  • The Modern Middle East 111 (MODMDEST 105): Culture and Society in Contemporary Iran
  • The Modern Middle East 160R (MODMDEST 160R): History of Modern Turkey through Literature
  • Culture and Belief 41 (CULTBLF 41): Gender, Islam, and Nation in the Middle East and North Africa
  • History 1860 (HIST 1860): Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present
  • Islamic Civilizations 170 (ISLAMCIV 170): Islam, Modernity and Politics
  • Societies of the World 46 (SOCWORLD 46): The Anthropology of Arabia