International and Area Studies

Ancient Near Eastern Studies Program

IAS Ancient Near Eastern Studies Program

Department Information: 

237 HRCB



Advisement Center: 

273 HRCB




The Discipline

Ancient Near Eastern Studies deals with the history, literature, religions, and cultures of the ancient Near East from 3000 BC to AD 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. ANES, with its emphasis on critical reading, thinking, and writing skills, also provides quality training for students entering professional or library science programs.