The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Yale is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the Near East.

Throughout its long history, the Department has maintained its commitment to humanistic inquiry and to its leadership role in developing and evaluating the latest techniques, perspectives, resources and skills for the study of the Near East, from earliest times to the modern era.

The undergraduate and graduate programs of the department emphasize reflective scholarship based on sound knowledge of the languages, civilizations, and material culture of the Near East