Near Eastern Studies

Details

Near Eastern Studies
Admits Fall term; deadline for applications is December 15. Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 00329; Academic Program: Near Eastern Studies; Ph.D.

Arabic Studies
Admits Fall term; deadline for applications is December 15. Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 01901; Academic Program: Arabic Studies; A.M.

Faculty

Chair: Associate Professor Gottfried Hagen (Interim Chair for 2014-2015)

Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Gabriele Boccaccini

Professors: Bardakjian, Beckman, Boccaccini, Bonner, Knysh, LeGassick, Michalowski, Northrop, Richards, Shammas, and Wilfong

Associate Professors: Alhawary, Babayan, Bardenstein, Eliav Y., Ginsburg, Hagen, Mallette, Pinsker, and Schmidt

Assistant Professors: Barzilai, Cipa, and Muehlberger

Adjunct Associate Professor: Fisher

Lecturers: Aghaei, Alsayegh, Aronson, Beebani, Eliav M., Hassouneh, Lamm, Reading, Rosenberg, Sabbagh, Sevinc, Schulte-Nafeh, and Weizman

Professors Emeriti: Bellamy, Coffin, Ehrenkreutz, Kolars, Krahmalkov, McCarus, Mendenhall, Orlin, Rammuny, Schramm, Windfur, and Yoffee

Degree Programs

The following formal programs of specialization are available for the Master of Arts – Arabic Studies degree:  Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, Arabic for Professional Purposes.

The following formal programs of specialization are available for the Ph.D. degree: AAPTIS: Arabic Studies, Arabic Language, Literature and Linguistics, Armenian Studies, Islamic Studies, Persian and Iranian Studies, Turkish Studies. ACABS: Egyptology, Mesopotamian and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Hebrew Bible/Ancient Israel, Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins/New Testament, Rabbinics: Jewish History of Late Antiquity, Christianity in Late Antiquity. HJCS: Hebrew Literature and Culture, Modern Hebrew Studies, Jewish Cultural Studies, Jewish Mysticism.

In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Master's Degrees and Doctoral Degrees sections of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.


Master of Arts - Arabic Studies

Students in this program choose between two subplans:

1. Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language: This track provides training in applied linguistics and foreign language teaching methodology with special emphasis on learning and teaching Arabic as a foreign language.  Subplan Code:  TAFL

2. Arabic for Professional Purposes: This track is specifically designed to accommodate the needs and demands of students, members of the business community and government personnel who want to study Arabic for professional employment in government, business or public policy.  Subplan Code:  APP

Admission: Applicants should have a B.A. in Arabic, Education, English, Linguistics, or related disciplines. All applicants must submit a completed application from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, official transcripts of all previous academic records, three letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty familiar with their most recent work), a statement of purpose, CV and personal statement and writing sample. Applicants whose native language is not English, must submit one of the following test scores: Michigan English Proficiency Test (minimum score of 85), Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 560 for written exam or 220 for computerized exam or 84 for internet exam) or the Arabic Proficiency Test of the American Association of Arabic for non-native speakers of Arabic (minimum score of 80%).

Minimum Credits Required: 30 hours of graduate credit.

Specific Course Requirements: Courses in general linguistics, Arabic linguistics, teaching methodology, and related cognates and electives. Please see the Department's website for more information.


Doctor of Philosophy

Admission: The Department of Near Eastern Studies only admits at the Ph.D. level (with the exception of the Arabic Studies MA program). Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree.

The Department may consider granting a terminal MA degree to students in the Ph.D. program whose performance falls below the Department's standard for the Ph.D. or who decide to pursue a different career after meeting the MA requirements.

The application procedure includes a complete Rackham Graduate School Application, submission of a statement of purpose and a specification of the sub-field, topical specialty, and geographic area in which the student will specialize. Three letters of recommendation, CV, academic transcripts, and a writing sample must also be included with the application for admissions. Applicants whose native language is not English, must submit one of the following test scores: Michigan English Proficiency Test (minimum score of 85) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 560 for written exam, 220 for computerized exam or 84 for internet exam).

Specific Course Requirements: Students are required to achieve proficiency in a Near Eastern language sufficient to enable them to do advanced research in that language. A second-year proficiency in a second or third Near Eastern language may also be required, depending on the language or area of specialization. In addition, candidates are required to gain an adequate knowledge of Near Eastern history and the methods of historical research; and to prepare themselves in such other special subjects as may be necessary for work on their proposed dissertation topics.

Foreign Language Requirement: Advanced reading ability in French and German.

Preliminary Examination: The preliminary examination committee determines when the student is ready to take the exams. They are administered by the end of the sixth semester of graduate study. There are four examinations for each subfield 1) two major exams in the field of the student's specialization, at least one of which is a language exam in which the student must read, translate, and critically discuss advanced texts. 2) Two minor exams in a secondary field or discipline.

Candidate Status: Candidacy requirements are described in the Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Dissertation Prospectus: A prospectus outlining plans for the student's dissertation must be submitted within three months after passing the prelim exams.

For information on the dissertation committee, final oral examination, and publication of dissertation, see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies and the Dissertation Handbook (pdf).

Contact

University of Michigan
4111 South Thayer Building
202 S Thayer St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608
Phone: (734) 764-0314
Fax: (734) 936-2679
E-mail: wburr@umich.edu
Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/neareast/

Courses

The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

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  Arab, Armen, Pers, Turk& Islam (Subject Code: AAPTIS)
  Ancient Civiliz & Biblical Stu (Subject Code: ACABS)
  Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Stu (Subject Code: HJCS)

Arab, Armen, Pers, Turk& Islam (Subject Code: AAPTIS)
401/HISTART 401.  Art&Arch of Armenia.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing.  (2 credits)

412/ARABIC 517.  Bus Arabic I & II.  Required pre-requisite: AAPTIS 202, 204, or 205; (C or better)  Advisory pre-requisite: This course is for students, community members, and government personnel who have completed at least two years of Arabic and wish to continue Arabic study for career and professional purposes.  (8 credits)

419.  Egyptian Arabic I&II.  Required pre-requisite: AAPTIS 102; (C- or better)  Advisory pre-requisite: Recommended for learners who plan to travel to work in Egypt and those need Arabic for immediate oral communication.  (6 credits)

420.  LevantineArabic I&II.  Required pre-requisite: AAPTIS 102; (C- or better)  Advisory pre-requisite: Recommended for those who plan to travel or to work in the Levant and those who need Arabic for immediate oral use.  (6 credits)

451/TURKISH 405.  Intr Ottoman Turk I.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 152  (3 credits)

452/TURKISH 406.  Int Ottoman Turk II.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 451.  (3 credits)

462/HISTORY 428/NEAREAST 413/HISTORY 428.  Rise Islam.  Advisory pre-requisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Taught in English.  (3 credits)

463/HISTORY 537/NEAREAST 419/HISTORY 537.  Crusades.  Advisory pre-requisite: Junior standing.  (3 credits)

476/MEMS 476/NEAREAST 428/MEMS 476.  Armenian Church Hist.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upper-class undergraduates or graduate students  (3 credits)

480/ARMENIAN 483.  Int Cls Arm.  (6 credits)

484/ARMENIAN 480.  Arm-Amer Writers.  (3 credits)

492/HISTORY 492/GEOG 492/NEAREAST 431/HISTORY 492/GEOG 492.  PreMod Geog Cartogr.  (3 credits)

493/MENAS 493/MENAS 493/NEAREAST 483.  ME Comp Perspectives.  (1 credits)

495/HISTORY 429/WOMENSTD 471/WOMENSTD 471/HISTORY 429/RELIGION 496/RELIGION 496/NEAREAST 432.  Gender Islam.  Advisory pre-requisite: Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies.  (3 credits)

506.  Int Adv Arabic Media.  Required pre-requisite: AAPTIS 404  (8 credits)

511/ARABIC 521.  Classical Arabic I.  (5 credits)

512/ARABIC 522.  Classical Arabic II.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 481.  (5 credits)

515.  Egyptian Arabic I.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 102 or equivalent.  (3 credits)

516.  Egyptian Arabic II.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 515  (3 credits)

517.  Levantine Arabic I.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 102 or equivalent.  (3 credits)

518.  Levantine Arabic II.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 517  (3 credits)

519/ASIANLAN 519.  Intro CentAsian Lang.  (4 to 5 credits)

520/ASIANLAN 520.  Intr Cen AsianLan II.  Required pre-requisite: AAPTIS/ASIANLAN 519 (C->)  (4 to 5 credits)

532.  Arabic Ling.  Advisory pre-requisite: Some knowledge of Arabic. Open to undergraduates with instructor's permission.  (3 credits)

540/LING 540/LING 540/NEAREAST 516.  Pers Iran Ling.  Advisory pre-requisite: Taught in English.  (3 credits)

549/ASIANLAN 549.  Im Cent Asian Lan I.  (3 to 5 credits)

550/ASIANLAN 550.  Im Cent Asian Lan II.  Required pre-requisite: AAPTIS/ASIANLAN 549 (C->)  (3 to 5 credits)

551.  Read Ottoman Turkish.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 252 and 452 or equivalent. Knowledge of Turkish language necessary.  (3 credits)

555.  Arabic SLA.  Required pre-requisite: AAPTIS 202 or 205; (C or better)  (3 credits)

556.  Mod Turk Prose Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 252 or 255.  (3 credits)

559/ASIANLAN 559.  Adv Cent Asian Lan I.  Required pre-requisite: AAPTIS 550 or ASIANLAN 550  (3 to 4 credits)

560/ASIANLAN 560.  Adv Cent AsianLan II.  Required pre-requisite: AAPTIS 559 or ASIANLAN 559  (3 to 4 credits)

581.  Classic Arabic III.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 482.  (4 credits)

582.  Classical Arabic IV.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 581.  (4 credits)

586.  Avestan.  (3 credits)

587.  Pahlavi.  (3 credits)

592.  Seminar in AAPTIS.  (3 credits)

593.  Mini-Topic AAPTIS.  (1 credits)

661/HISTORY 664/NEAREAST 601/HISTORY 664.  Mod Mid East.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

665.  Mod Arabic Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Advanced Proficiency in Arabic (through 500 level) or equivalent  (3 credits)

793/HISTORY 793/MENAS 695/NEAREAST 685/MENAS 695/HISTORY 793.  Stdy Near E.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

862.  Readings in Arab.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 202; Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

863.  Sem Mod Arabic Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Proficiency in reading Arabic; Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

993.  Grad G S I Workshop.  Advisory pre-requisite: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate standing.  (1 credits)

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Ancient Civiliz & Biblical Stu (Subject Code: ACABS)
414/RELIGION 442/NEAREAST 443/RELIGION 442.  Myth Mesopot.  (3 credits)

421/CLCIV 483/RELIGION 488/RELIGION 488/NEAREAST 437/CLCIV 483.  Xty&Hllnstc.  (3 credits)

424/RELIGION 424.  Gnostic Rel.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 200/RELIGION 201 or ACABS 221/RELIGION 280.  (3 credits)

427/GREEK 473/GREEK 473/NESLANG 470.  Advanced Koine.  Advisory pre-requisite: Two years of Greek, one term of New Testament Greek (300 level or equivalent).  (3 credits)

428/GREEK 488.  Gospl John.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

429/GREEK 489.  Gospl Paul.  Advisory pre-requisite: Two years of Greek, one term of New Testament Greek (300 level or equivalent).  (3 credits)

446/REEES 446/ANTHRARC 481.  Arch of Eurasia.  Advisory pre-requisite: One of: ANTHRARC 380, 383, 384, 385, 407, 442, 480, 482, 483, 485, or 486; or ACABS 181, 281, or 413; or CLARCH 421, 435, 437, or 531.  (3 credits)

474/AAS 474/NEAREAST 440/AAS 474.  Archaeology Nubia.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 281, ACABS 382, AAS 200, or ANTHRARC 282  (3 credits)

487/NEAREAST 441/WOMENSTD 487/WOMENSTD 487.  Gend&Soc-Ang Egy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Some familiarity with Egypt is helpful.  (3 credits)

488/NEAREAST 436/ANTHRARC 486.  Arch Mesopotamia.  Advisory pre-requisite: Junior standing.  (3 credits)

491.  Topics ACABS.  (3 credits)

513/NEAREAST 536.  Ancient Mesopotamia.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

543/HJCS 543.  Bib Jewsh Trad.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

591.  Topics ACABS.  (3 credits)

592.  Sem in ACABS.  (3 credits)

593.  Mini Cs-Topic Acabs.  (1 credits)

610/NESLANG 514.  Akkadian Literary.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 412.  (3 credits)

611/NESLANG 515.  Akkadian Documents.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 412 or equivalent.  (3 credits)

612.  Akkadian Readings.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 412.  (3 credits)

613.  Sumerian Lit Texts.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 512. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

614.  Sumerian Documents.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 512. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

615.  Sumerian Readings.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 512. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

618/NESLANG 517.  Hittite Readings.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 415 or basic knowledge of Hittite and cuneiform script.  (3 credits)

681/NEAREAST 539.  Anc Egyptian History.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

682/NESLANG 532.  Middle Egypt Read I.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 585. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

683.  Middle Egypt Read II.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 486. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

721.  Anc Isr:Sel Tx.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 202. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

722.  Acn Isr Sem:Hstgrph.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 202. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

723.  Anc Isr Sem:Rel&Cul.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 202. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

798.  Dir Grad Readings.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (1 to 3 credits)

811.  N W Semit Inscriptn.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 202, or equivalent with permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

812.  NW Semitic Inscript.  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 811/ACABS 201/601/permission of instructor  (3 credits)

821.  Sem Anc Near E Hst.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

860/GREEK 820/NEAREAST 780/GREEK 820.  Eth&Cul Egy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

990.  Diss Pre-Cand.  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing.  (1 to 8 credits)

993.  Grad GSI Workshop.  Advisory pre-requisite: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate standing.  (1 credits)

995.  Dissertation Res.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  (4 or 8 credits)

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Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Stu (Subject Code: HJCS)
401.  Hebrew Media I.  Advisory pre-requisite: HJCS 202 or equivalent.  (3 credits)

402.  Hebrew Media II.  Advisory pre-requisite: HJCS 202 or equivalent.  (3 credits)

471.  Reading Hebrew Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: HJCS 302.  (4 credits)

472.  Int Mod Hebr Lit II.  Advisory pre-requisite: HJCS 302.  (3 credits)

477/JUDAIC 478/RELIGION 478/RELIGION 478/NEAREAST 455/JUDAIC 478.  Mod Jew Tht.  (3 credits)

478/JUDAIC 468/RELIGION 469/NEAREAST 456/RELIGION 469/JUDAIC 468.  Jwsh Mystism.  (3 credits)

489/JUDAIC 489/JUDAIC 489/NEAREAST 457.  Cycl Jewish Yr.  (3 credits)

491.  Topics HJCS.  (3 credits)

493.  Hebrew Structure.  Advisory pre-requisite: HJCS 202 or equivalent.  (3 credits)

543/ACABS 543.  Bib Jewsh Trad.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

545.  Medieval Jewish Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: HJCS 302 or equivalent.  (3 credits)

572.  Israeli Lit II.  Advisory pre-requisite: HJCS 302.  (3 credits)

576/JUDAIC 505/JUDAIC 505/NEAREAST 576.  Intro Jewish Civ.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (4 credits)

577/JUDAIC 467/RELIGION 471/NEAREAST 476/JUDAIC 467/RELIGION 471.  Topc Judaism.  (3 credits)

591.  Topics HJCS.  (3 credits)

592.  Seminar in HJCS.  (3 credits)

593.  Mini Cs-Topics Hjcs.  (1 credits)

798.  Dir Grad Readings.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 to 3 credits)

990.  Diss Pre-Cand.  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing.  (1 to 8 credits)

993.  Grad G S I Workshop.  Advisory pre-requisite: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 credits)

995.  Dissertation Res.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics: Ph.D.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Number of applications 66 66
Number of new doctoral students 2 2
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 25 29
Female 40% 40%
Male 60% 60%
International 32% 25%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 68% 75%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
African American 6% 5%
Asian American 6% 6%
Hispanic (one or more races) 0% 2%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 76% 79%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 0% 0%
Not indicated 12% 8%
Ph.D. Degree
2015 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 2 5
Median years to Ph.D. 6.7
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 63%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 58%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2015 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 79% 86%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 11% 10%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 11% 4%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type tenth year after graduation, 2002 - 2006 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2007 - 2011 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2011 - 2015 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 71% 52% 35%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 0% 12% 26%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 14% 20% 30%
Business / Industry 0% 4% 0%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 7% 8% 0%
Not employed 0% 4% 4%
No data available 0% 0% 4%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 14 25 23

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 24, 2015.