Our program emphasizes multi-media assisted, proficiency-oriented language instruction and inter-cultural understanding supported by an advanced language laboratory.  In addition to studying Arabic and Hebrew as a language, students can select from a variety of courses for which no other language other than English is required. 

Degree Requirements and Options

Students pursuing a BA in Near Eastern Languages can concentrate in Arabic or Hebrew or both languages. All students are required to take NE 5993 (Writing Intensive) in conjunction with a 3000-level course or above (zero credits).

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University. Candidates for the bachelor's degree must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements and the University Education Requirements, as well as the major requirements of one of the following major degree programs. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degree respectively.

Concentration in Arabic or Hebrew

This program requires twenty-four credits in language or language-related courses (i.e., linguistics or literature) beyond first year proficiency. In addition, the student must take twelve credits in elective courses in ancient Near Eastern, Israeli, or Arab/Islamic culture/civilization, or Islamic and modern Middle Eastern history.

Dual Concentraion

The major with a joint in both Arabic and Hebrew requires first-year proficiency in both Arabic and Hebrew. Beyond that, the student must take twelve credits in elective courses in either Arabic or Hebrew language or language-related courses and eight credits in such courses in the other language. In addition, the student must take nine credits in elective courses in ancient Near Eastern, Israeli, or Arab/Islamic culture/civilization, or Islamic and modern Eastern history.

Requirements for a Minor in Arabic

A minor in Arabic consists of eighteen credits. This includes twelve credits in Arabic language, linguistics or literature beyond Arabic 1020. The remaining six credits are in cognate courses in related areas such as N E 2000, 2030, 2040, or 3550.   

Requirements for a Minor in Hebrew

A minor in Hebrew consists of twenty credits. This includes eleven credits in Hebrew language or literature courses beyond HEB 1020. The remaining nine credits are in cognate courses in related areas such as : NE 2060-Israeli film; NE 3225-Israeli culture; NE 3240-Hebrew/Israeli literature in English translation. 

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Arabic - Chris Clark 313-577-6240 or chris.clark@wayne.edu
  • Hebrew - Chris Clark 313-577-6240 or chris.clark@wayne.edu
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