Statement of Support

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations condemns the murder and wanton destruction of Black lives. We affirm the urgency of supporting African Americans in ways that seek to redress prejudice and hatred, and to dismantle a system that systemically oppresses communities of color. In partnership with allies inside and outside the academy, we commit to education that exposes the lethal ignorance that animates racism. We also reaffirm our commitment to inclusive excellence and to critical self-reflection regarding our teaching, scholarship, course offerings, departmental policies, and hiring practices.

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

Though the present Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations did not formally come into being until the twentieth century, the origins of the Yale Department go back to 1841, when Arabic was first offered at Yale.  Throughout its long history, the Department has maintained its strong sense of traditional humanist values, as well as its outstanding leadership role in developing and evaluating the latest techniques, perspectives, and resources for study of the Near East, from earliest times to the modern era. 

The graduate and undergraduate programs of the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations emphasize reflective scholarship based on sound knowledge of the languages, civilizations, and material culture of the Near East.  The Department’s main faculty strengths today are in the areas of Arabic, Graeco-Arabic, and Islamic studies; Assyriology, including Sumerian and Akkadian; and Egyptology.  Instruction is also available in art and archaeology, Aramaic (including Syriac), Classical Ethiopic, Hebrew, Persian, modern and Ottoman Turkish, and Ugaritic. Read more…