Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

The Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations minor introduces students to the histories, languages, literatures, and cultures, as well as to the archaeologies of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East. The minor requires students to take five appropriate upper division courses. 

For information regarding the department's major programs, please see the majors in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, and Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations

Declaring the Minor

The Near East Department also offers programs leading to a minor in modern Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. 

Other Majors and Minors offered by the Department of Near Eastern Studies

Ancient Egyptian Near Eastern Art and Archaeology (Major)
Near Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations (Major)  
Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (Major)
Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations (Minor)
Arabic (Minor)
Hebrew (Minor)
Persian (Minor)
Turkish (Minor)

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Minor Requirements

The minor in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations requires one lower division course and five upper-division courses in Near Eastern Studies. 

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade and be at least 3 units. 
  2. A minimum of three upper-division courses taken to fulfill minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirements. 
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements a student's major and minor programs.

Requirements

Lower Division
Required: One of the following lower division courses4
Introduction to Near Eastern Art and Archaeology [4]
Introduction to Ancient Egypt [4]
Recommended Lower Division Courses3-6
Ancient Babylonian Legends and Myths [3]
Hebrew Bible in Translation [3]
Upper Division
Select five courses listed in the following majors:
Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt [4]
Archaeology of Ancient Egypt [4]
Religion of Ancient Egypt [3]
Babylonian Religion [3]
Ancient Mesopotamian Documents and Literature [3]
Ancient Astronomy [4]
Mesopotamian History [3]
Gilgamesh: King, Hero, and God [4]
Iranian Archaeology [4]
Levantine Archaeology [4]
Silk Road Art and Archaeology [3]
Arts of Iran and Central Asia [4]
Jewish Civilization I: The Biblical Period [4]
Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Ancient Near Eastern Studies [4]
Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Egyptian Studies [4]
Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Jewish Studies [4]
Elementary Akkadian [5]
Elementary Akkadian [5]
Selected Readings in Akkadian [4]
Selected Readings in Akkadian [4]
Elementary Sumerian [4]
Elementary Sumerian [4]
Selected Readings in Sumerian [3]
Selected Readings in Sumerian [3]
Elementary Egyptian [5]
Elementary Egyptian [5]
Intermediate Egyptian [3]
Intermediate Egyptian [3]
Elementary Biblical Hebrew [3]
Elementary Biblical Hebrew [3]
Biblical Hebrew Texts [3]
Biblical Hebrew Texts [3]
Aramaic [3]
Aramaic [3]
Total Upper Division Units15-20
Total Units22-30

Courses

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Egyptian

Near Eastern Studies

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor. Persian languages, Persian literature.
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Asad Ahmed, Associate Professor. Islam (social and intellectual history).
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Daniel Boyarin, Professor. Talmud, rhetoric, Christianity, genealogy of, invention of Judaism.
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Ahmad Diab, Assistant Professor. Modern Arabic Literature.

Ronald Hendel, Professor. Textual criticism, Hebrew bible, ancient Near Eastern religion and mythology, Northwest Semitic linguistics.
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Chana Kronfeld, Professor. Comparative literature, modernism, Hebrew, Yiddish, modern poetry, minor literatures, politics of literary history, feminist stylistics, intertextuality, translation studies.
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Margaret Larkin, Professor. Near Eastern studies.
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Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor. Egyptology.
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Sabrina Sonia Maras, Assistant Adjunct Professor.

Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
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Benjamin Porter, Assistant Professor. Archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, Middle East, Arid Environments, anthropology, Heritage, tourism, and Museum Studies.
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Carol A. Redmount, Associate Professor. Egyptology.
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Carol Redmount, Associate Professor. Near Eastern Studies.

Francesca Rochberg, Professor. History of science, ancient near east, cuneiform studies.
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Niek Veldhuis, Professor. Digital humanities, intellectual history, Sumerian, cuneiform.
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Lecturers

Rutie Adler, Lecturer.

Hatem A. Bazian, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies.
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Chava Boyarin, Lecturer.

Elsa Elmahdy, Lecturer.

Gholam-Reza Ghahramani, Lecturer.

John L. Hayes, Lecturer.

Lissette M. Jimenez, Lecturer.

Nawal M. Laymoun, Lecturer.

Sanjyot Mehendale, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies, Central Asia, Central Asian studies, archaeology and art history.
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Haitham S. Mohamed, Lecturer.

Laurie Pearce, Lecturer.

Barbara Richter, Lecturer.

Jason Christopher Vivrette, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Manuel Duarte De Oliveira, Visiting Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Ayla Algar, Lecturer Emeritus. Turkish language and literature, language pedagogy.

Hamid Algar, Professor Emeritus.

Robert B. Alter, Professor Emeritus. Comparative literature, Near Eastern studies, 19th-century European and American novel, modernism, literary aspects of the bible, modern and biblical Hebrew literature.
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Guitty Azarpay, Professor Emeritus. Art and archaeology of the ancient Near East and Central Asia.
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Ariel A. Bloch, Professor Emeritus.

Wolfgang J. Heimpel, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
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Anne D. Kilmer, Professor Emeritus.

David Larkin, Lecturer Emeritus. Egyptology.

James T. Monroe, Professor Emeritus.

Jaleh Pirnazar, Lecturer Emeritus. Modern Iranian history. Persian language and literature, Iranian Cinema.

Martin Schwartz, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
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Muhammad Siddiq, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
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David B. Stronach, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Near Eastern Studies

250 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-3757

Fax: 510-643-8430

nes@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair and Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History

Francesca Rochberg, PhD

262 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-3757

rochberg@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for Ancient Near Eastern Studies & Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology

Benjamin Porter, PhD

240 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-3757

bwporter@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Advisor

Rania Shah, MA

250 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-3758

rania.shah@berkeley.edu

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