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Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (NELC) is devoted to teaching and research concerning the principal cultures and languages of the Near and Middle East, including Central Asia. The Department emphasizes not only these regions’ contemporary manifestations but also their ancient and medieval roots and their significance within the history of world civilizations. NELC serves students seeking specific linguistic and cultural proficiencies as well as students simply interested in the histories and cultures of the regions. The Department participates in exchange programs in locations from North Africa to the Middle East and across Central Asia. It also trains many students from institutions overseas.