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Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations is concerned with the interdisciplinary study of the civilizations and cultures of the Near and Middle East from Neolithic times until the present, including their archaeology, history, mythology, religion and thought, art and architecture, and languages and literatures (Akkadian, Babylonian, Sumerian, Aramaic, Syriac, ancient Egyptian, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Turkish). The Department's programs provide students with a unique opportunity to study non-Western complex societies and civilizations.

 

Programs

  • Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (specialist, major and minor options)

 

Streams

Available for specialist and major

  • General
  • Ancient
  • Medieval
  • Modern

 

First-Year Courses

  • NMC 101H1 - Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations I: Land of the Pharaohs
  • NMC 102H1 - Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations II: Heartland of Ancient Empires
  • NMC 103H1 - Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations III: The Islamic World
  • NMC 104H1 - Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations IV:  The Biblical World

 

Advice for First Year

The Department welcomes students of all academic backgrounds who wish to learn about the Near and Middle East. NMC101H1 and NMC102H1 introduce students to the ancient Near East, including ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, while NMC103H1 introduces students to the Islamic world and NMC104H1 examines the cultures that produced the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Students pursuing a Specialist or Major program are required to take two of these Gateway courses.

Many courses offered in the Department do not require any knowledge of the languages of the region. However, the Department strongly believes that a deeper understanding of the civilizations and cultures of the Near and Middle East can be achieved through the study of one or more of its languages.

 

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