See also the undergraduate section of the History department web site for information.
Near Eastern Language Courses (four 4.0 credit courses): Four 4.0 credit courses of study of a Near Eastern language
Additional Coursework (eight 4.0 credit courses):
NEC 101 (formerly NEC 97r). Both tutorials are offered in the spring term only; students may choose either to take both during their sophomore spring, or to take one in the sophomore spring and the other in the junior spring.
One Research Seminar focused on Near Eastern History (i.e. a History 86). Must be completed by the end of the junior spring, in preparation for the senior thesis.
One 4.0 credit course in western History.
One 4.0 credit course in pre-modern Near Eastern History.
One 4.0 credit course in modern Near Eastern History.
Two additional electives within Near Eastern History.
Senior Thesis (two 4.0 credit courses)
Students who wish to pursue a joint concentration in Near Eastern History must write a Senior Thesis, which also requires enrollment in one of two year-long Senior Thesis Seminars: either History 99 or Near Eastern Studies 99. Students may select either seminar. For guidelines on writing the thesis, please consult the Guide to the Senior Honors Thesis.
Please also note that two types of courses count automatically toward NELC/History concentration requirements:
Courses listed in the course catalog’s “History” section (especially 1600-level courses) and approved courses in the catalog’s “Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations” section. For list of approved NELC courses see the website of the History Department.
Courses taught in the Core, General Education, and/or Freshman Seminar Programs by full members of the History or NELC Department Faculty. Students wishing to count such courses toward their concentration requirements should consult the Undergraduate Office, as they may need to file a petition requiring approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students may also apply to do an independent study, or History 91r, with a member of the Department; History 91r can be used to fulfill one of the six elective course requirements.
The joint concentration also regularly accepts credit from both Study Abroad and Advanced Standing toward concentration requirements. With the exception of certain Freshman Seminars taught by History or Near Eastern Studies faculty (see above), courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis may not be counted for concentration credit.