Graduate

Graduate Program

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures offers MA and Ph.D. degrees in Arabic, and supports additional languages such as Hebrew, Turkish, Persian, Kurdish and Ancient (Hieroglyphic) Egyptian and offers a full program of graduate courses falling generally within the following areas:

  • Arabic language, linguistics, and applied linguistics
  • Egyptology
  • Islamic Studies
  • Near Eastern Cultures and Civilizations
  • Near Eastern History & Politics
  • Near Eastern Literatures
  • Near Eastern Religions

Note to graduate applicants: The Indiana University Bloomington's institution code (1324) for all ETS scores can receive scores for all departments at IUB; there is no need for an additional departmental code.

The first step in the NELC Departmental Admissions process is being admitted to Indiana University.

NELC Application Materials

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Test scores (GRE or TOEFL as appropriate)
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose (1–2 pages)
  6. Writing sample (5–10 pages)

Please note: All domestic applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Indiana University Bloomington's institution code for all ETS scores is 1324. This can receive scores for all departments at IUB; there is no need for an additional departmental code. Please note that only one of these tests need be submitted for application, the GRE for domestic applicants, and the TOEFL for international applicants. If the graduate applicant's native language is not English, the College requires a score of at least 79 on the TOEFL iBT (delivered via the internet). Please note that the paper-based TOEFL ITP exam - sometimes called the institutional TOEFL - offered by the Intensive English Program on the Bloomington campus, cannot be used in place of the TOEFL iBT. Alternatively, an international applicant may submit the result of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination in lieu of the TOEFL iBT. The College requires a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS for graduate admission. The recommended GRE*** score is 600 minimum in either the quantitative or the qualitative sections, and a 4.5 on the writing section.

International applicants who are interested in first completing coursework with the Intensive English Program (IEP) must apply directly to the IEP via their website. The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Studies is not affiliated with IEP, and cannot assist international applicants with this application process. NELC also does not offer conditional acceptance on the basis of intent to participate in IEP or the intent to pass the TOEFL test. All international applicants must pass the TOEFL before they can be accepted into any Indiana University graduate program.

Deadlines

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures will consider applications filed by the below deadlines. Applications received past these deadlines will not be reviewed. The deadlines are as follow:

International students: December 1
Domestic students: December 15

For any further questions about the application process, please contact hlsgrad@iu.edu or by phone (812) 856-5614.

Current Courses

Listings of NELC classes offered for the past several years through the present day may be found on the IU Schedule of Classes. Descriptions for NELC courses offerred between 1998 and the fall semester of 2011 may be found at the IU Course Descriptions website.

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures offers a diverse array of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level within five main tracks of study:

  • Arabic Language and Linguistics (A)
  • Egyptology (E)
  • Islamic Studies (IS)
  • Middle Eastern Cultures and Civilizations (MEC)
  • Middle Eastern Literatures (MEL)
  • Middle Eastern Religions (MER)

Courses followed by an asterisk (*) are crosslisted from another department. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

Arabic Language and Linguistics (A)

A500-550 Elementary Arabic (A)
A600–650 Intermediate Arabic (A)
A660–670 Advanced Arabic (A)
N502–552 Qur'anic Arabic (A)
N510 Arabic Composition (A)
N512 Arabic Grammar (A)
N523 Conversational Arabic (A)
N524 Introduction to Arabic Linguistics (A)
N529 Arabic Phonetics and Phonology (A)
N555 Multimedia Arabic (A)
N598 Readings in Arabic Language and Linguistics (A)
N690 Research in Classical Arabic Texts: topic varies (IS, MEL, A)

Biblical Hebrew (B)

B501 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I (B)
B502 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II (B)
B503 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I (B)
B504 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II (B)

Egyptology (E)

E500–502 Elementary Hieroglyphic Egyptian (E)
E505 Ancient Egyptian History and Civilization (E)
E510 Ancient Egyptian Religions (E)
E590 Directed Readings in Egyptology (E)
E600 Intermediate Middle Egyptian (E)
E650 Late Egyptian: Grammar and Texts (E)
E660 Demotic Egyptian I: Grammar and Script (E)
E670 Demotic Egyptian II: Persian and Ptolemaic Texts (E)
E695 Graduate Topics in Egyptology (E)

Hebrew Language (H)

H501 Elementary Hebrew I (H)
H502 Elementary Hebrew II (H)
H503 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (H)
H504 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (H)
H505 Advanced Modern Hebrew I (H)
H506 Advanced Modern Hebrew II (H)

Islamic Studies (IS)

E536 History of East Africa (IS, MEC) *
E538 History of Muslim West Africa (IS) *
F617 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folk Music
H695 Colloquium in African History (IS) *
N565 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (IS, MER, MEC)
N570 Qur'anic Studies (IS, MEL, MER)
N593 Individual Readings in Classical Arabic Literature (IS, MEL)
N650 Khomeini: Roots of Revolution (IS, MEC, MER)
N680 Islamic Philosophy (IS, MER, MEC)
N685 Persian Mystical Literature in Translation (IS, MEL)
N690 Research in Classical Arabic Texts: topic varies (IS, MEL, A)
N701 Topics in Arabic Literature
N707 Seminar in Classical Arabic Literature
R553 Topics in the Study of Islam (IS, MER) *
R644 History of Islam in Modern Southeast Asia (IS, MER) *

Middle Eastern Cultures and Civilizations (MEC)

E536 History of East Africa (IS, MEC) *
E600 Anthropological Approaches to Study of Islam: topic varies (MEC) *
F545 Folk Narrative
F617 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folk Music
F740 History of Ideas in Folklore/Ethnomusicology
N565 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (IS, MER, MEC)
N650 Khomeini: Roots of Revolution (IS, MEC, MER)
N680 Islamic Philosophy (IS, MER, MEC)
U511 Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization (MEC, MER)*
U520 Topics in Central Eurasian Studies
U798 Seminar on Central Asian Nomadic Pastoral Societies

Middle Eastern Literatures (MEL)

C545 Bible and Western Literature (MEL) *
C573 Arabic-Western Literary Relations (MEL) *
F545 Folk Narrative
F617 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folk Music
G540 Readings in Byzantine Greek (MEL, B) *
N570 Qur'anic Studies (IS, MEL, MER)
N587 Modern Hebrew Literature in English (MEL)
N588 Recent Hebrew Literature in English (MEL)
N590 Directed Readings in Arabic (MEL)
N591 Directed Readings in Hebrew (MEL)
N592 Directed Readings in Persian (MEL)
N593 Individual Readings in Classical Arabic Literature (IS, MEL)
N685 Persian Mystical Literature in Translation (IS, MEL)
N690 Research in Classical Arabic Texts: topic varies (IS, MEL, A)
N691 Research in Medieval Hebrew Texts (MEL)
N692 Research in Classical Persian Texts (MEL)
N695 Readings and Research in NELC
N701 Topics in Arabic Literature
N707 Seminar in Classical Arabic Literature
N708 Seminar in Judaic Literature (MEL)
N709 Seminar in Modern Arabic Literature (MEL)
R610 Studies in Biblical Literature and Religion (MEL) *
R663 History of Biblical Interpretation (MEL) *

Middle Eastern Religions (MER)

F617 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folk Music
N565 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (IS, MER, MEC)
N570 Qur'anic Studies (IS, MEL, MER)
N650 Khomeini: Roots of Revolution (IS, MEC, MER)
N680 Islamic Philosophy (IS, MER, MEC)
N701 Topics in Arabic Literature
R553 Topics in the Study of Islam (IS, MER)*
R644 History of Islam in Modern Southeast Asia (IS, MER)*
U511 Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization (MEC, MER)*
U520 Topics in Central Eurasian Studies*

Various forms of financial assistance are available for NELC students, including the following:

The priority date for most forms of financial assistance is March 1 (January 1 for international graduate students). The Office of Student Financial Assistance processes applications for loans and work-study for both graduate and undergraduate students. The proper forms can be obtained directly from their office.

NELC Graduate students are asked to remember the importance of filing a FAFSA (a Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to be eligible for financial aid. Please refer to the Office of Student Financial Assistance for additional information about the FAFSA guidelines and requirements.

Additionally, please visit the IU GradGrants Center at the Wells Library for a wealth of information on financial aid.

*Note: The Near Eastern Language and Culture Department does not handle FLAS Fellowships at this time. Please review this webpage for more detailed information on the programs that do award this Fellowship.

What is the deadline for domestic applications?
December 15th
What is the deadline for international applications?
December 1st.
Is there a required length for the writing sample?
No, there are no length requirements for the writing sample.
What items need to be submitted directly to the HLS Graduate Administrative Services?
Domestic applicants should submit all official transcripts and GRE scores directly to HLS Graduate Administrative Services. The following application materials are uploaded and submitted with their online application: completed application, three (3) letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, CV, and writing sample.
For international applicants, what items need to be submitted directly to International Admissions?
International applicants should submit the following application materials directly to International Admissions: a completed application for admission, all official transcripts, and financial information. The following materials are to be submitted as part of the online application: three (3) letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, writing sample, and CV. Official GRE scores and TOEFL score should be submitted by ETS directly to Indiana University using Indiana University Bloomington institution code 1324.
What is the mailing address for the HLS Graduate Administrative Services?
Hamilton Lugar School, Graduate Administrative Services
Indiana University
355 North Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
USA
What is the mailing address for International Admissions?
Office of International Services, International Admissions
Indiana University
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
USA
Is there a special form for financial aid application?
No, all applicants are considered for financial aid if their application and application materials are received on or before the relevant deadline(s).
May my recommenders send their letters of recommendation directly to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures? Is there a special form recommenders should use?
Yes, your recommenders may submit their letters of recommendation by e-mail to hlsgrad@iu.edu, by the online application, or by postal services. The online application will send your recommenders requests electronically to submit letters of recommendation for your application.
May I submit my statement of purpose or writing sample directly to the Graduate Studies Office of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures?
No, you should upload your statement to the online application as directed.
Whom may I contact if I have questions about my application?
Please contact Graduate Administrative Services at hlsgrad@iu.edu for questions regarding your application.
Whom may I contact if I have technical questions about the online submission of my application?
Please contact Graduate Administrative Services at hlsgrad@iu.edu if you have technical questions or encounter problems with submitting your application.
Do you accept applications for admission year-round?
No, applications are only accepted for fall admissions.
When will I be notified with a decision about my application?
Normally, applicants may expect a decision between mid-February and March. To inquire about the status of your application or application materials please contact hlsgrad@iu.edu.
Are photocopies of my test scores (e.g., GRE or TOEFL) accepted?
No, only original test scores are accepted.
Are photocopies of transcripts accepted?
No, only original official transcripts in a sealed envelope(s) or an electronic secure transcript transmission from the degree-granting institution are accepted.
Whom should I contact if I wish to visit Indiana University at Bloomington and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures?
If you would like to visit our campus and our department, please contact hlsgrad@iu.edu for information.

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