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)
  (Subject Code: HJCS)

Arab, Armen, Pers, Turk& Islam (Subject Code: AAPTIS)
551.  Read Ottoman Turkish.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: AAPTIS 252 and 452 or equivalent. Knowledge of Turkish language necessary.  (3 credits)

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Ancient Civiliz & Biblical Stu (Subject Code: ACABS)
613.  Sumerian Lit Texts.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: ACABS 512. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

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Program Statistics: Ph.D.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Number of applications 66 73
Number of new doctoral students
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 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.