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BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies
(61–65 hours*)


The Discipline

Ancient Near Eastern Studies deals with the history, literature, religions, and cultures of the ancient Near East from 3000 B.C. to A.D. 640. It involves study in the humanities, social sciences, and ancient scripture. Geographically the ancient Near East consists of the region currently designated the Middle East. The Ancient Near Eastern Studies major is structured to provide students with a broad understanding of the civilizations of the ancient Near East and to emphasize the study of the Hebrew Bible and related literature or the Greek New Testament and related literature in their broader ancient Near Eastern context.

Career Opportunities

The Ancient Near Eastern Studies major prepares students to pursue graduate work and an academic career in all areas of biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies. Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with its emphasis on critical reading, thinking, and writing skills, also provides quality training for students entering professional or library science programs. Additionally, an Ancient Near Eastern Studies degree offers relevant preparation for students seeking to teach seminary and institute in the Church Educational System.

Program Requirements    |    View MAP

  1. Complete the following core courses:
  2. Complete one of the following language/literature options:

  3. Complete six hours from the following elective courses:
      ANES 353R : Archaeological Fieldwork in the Near East. (1-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ANES 353R : Archaeological Fieldwork in the Near East. (1-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PREREQUISITE: Ancient Near Eastern Studies coordinator's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Archaeological fieldwork and corresponding field school activities in the Near East.

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      ANES 392R : Topics in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. (2-3:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ANES 392R : Topics in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. (2-3:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      DESCRIPTION: Topical studies in the ancient Near East based on student interest and faculty expertise.

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      ANTHR 351 : Archaeology and the Bible. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ANTHR 351 : Archaeology and the Bible. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall Odd Yrs.; Winter Odd Yrs.
      DESCRIPTION: Setting and context of the Bible as clarified and supplemented from archaeology, history, and related studies. Archaeological methods.

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      ARTHC 310 : Early Christian and Byzantine Art. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ARTHC 310 : Early Christian and Byzantine Art. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: ARTHC 201
      DESCRIPTION: Survey of Christian art in the Roman and Byzantine Empire from ca. 200 to 1453.

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      CL CV 310 : Classical Archaeology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CL CV 310 : Classical Archaeology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      DESCRIPTION: Major excavations and antiquities of the Mediterranean region illustrating Greco-Roman history.

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      CL CV 340R : Topics in Classical Literature and Civilization. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CL CV 340R : Topics in Classical Literature and Civilization. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      DESCRIPTION: Classical literary genres; rhetorical, philosophical, and historical writings; relationships of art and literature; or the classical tradition in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics vary.

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      : Greek Historians.
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      : Roman Historians.
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      : Latin Literature in Middle America.
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      : Troy in Art and Literature.
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      : Early Rome.
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      : Classic Historiography.
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      : Greek Tragedy.
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      : Greek Political Thought.
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      : Women in Antiquity.
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      : Greek Ethical Thought.
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      : Roman Religion.
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      : The Etruscans.
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      :
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      : Roman Art and Culture.
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      : Augustan Rome.
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      : Christianity and the Empire.
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        (topic must be relevant to Ancient Near Eastern Studies. The Ancient Near Eastern Studies coordinator's approval is required)
      HIST 334 : History of Ancient Iraq. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 334 : History of Ancient Iraq. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter Even Yrs.
      DESCRIPTION: Examining the social and economic aspects of the rise of cities, inter-regional trade, political exchange, and imperialism in ancient Mesopotamia using primary and secondary sources. Topics include agriculture in Babylon, cities in Mesopotamia, royal courts, Assyrian trade and markets, family and kin.

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      NE LG 345 : Texts and Ancient Temples. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      NE LG 345 : Texts and Ancient Temples. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Major ancient Near Eastern texts dealing with the temple; analysis of primary elements of ancient temple type as a place of worship.

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      NE LG 511R : Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Languages. (.5-4:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      NE LG 511R : Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Languages. (.5-4:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Grammar and reading skills.

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      : Akkadian.
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      : Aramaic.
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      : Coptic.
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      : Egyptian.
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      : Syriac.
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      : Ugaritic.
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      REL A 304 : Writings of Isaiah. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      REL A 304 : Writings of Isaiah. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      DESCRIPTION: Teachings and prophecies of Isaiah in light of their historical context and relevance to latter-day people.

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      REL A 392R : Special Studies in Religion: Ancient Scripture. (.5-3:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      REL A 392R : Special Studies in Religion: Ancient Scripture. (.5-3:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      DESCRIPTION: Topical studies in religion based on student interest and teacher expertise.

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      : Writings of John.
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      : Honors: Special Studies in Religion: Ancient Scripture.
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      : Honors: Writings of John.
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      : Special Topics in the Book of Mormon. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
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        (topic must be relevant to Ancient Near Eastern Studies. The Ancient Near Eastern Studies coordinator's approval is required)
      Any Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Greek, or Biblical Hebrew courses not used in item 2 above.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.