Near Eastern Languages and Cultures / Undergraduate Study

Ancient Near East and Egyptology BA

Learning Outcomes

The Ancient Near East and Egyptology major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated mastery of the ancient Near East and its history
  • Demonstrated skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Identification, evaluation, and analysis of historical monuments, time periods, vocabulary, concepts, and historical figures

Preparation for the Major

Required: Three courses selected from Ancient Near East 10W, 15, Middle Eastern Studies M50A, M50B, Near Eastern Languages M20. Each course must be taken for a letter grade.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Ancient Near East and Egyptology major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one civilization course on Mesopotamia, Egypt, Near Eastern archaeology, or Middle Eastern cultures.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Students must complete 10 courses as follows:

Required Core Courses: One course selected from four of the following five areas (total of four courses):

Archaeology and Art: Ancient Near East CM101A, CM101B, M101C, 160, 161, 162, CM163, C165, 166, or CM169.

History: Ancient Near East M103A through M104D, M110A, or Jewish Studies M182A.

Languages: Ancient Near East 120A, 120B, 120C, 140A, 140B, 140C, M168, Hebrew 110A, 110B, 110C, Semitics 140A, or 140B.

Literature: Ancient Near East 150A, 150B, Jewish Studies M150A, or 170.

Religion: Ancient Near East M130, M135, M167, M185D, Iranian 170, or Jewish Studies M155.

Required Elective Courses: Any six courses (no more than three may be from Anthropology) selected from the categories above or from Ancient Near East 121A, 121B, 121C, C123A, C123B, 124, 125A, M125B, M125C, C177, Anthropology 110, CM110Q, 111, 112R, 130, 140, English 111A, 111B, 111C, Greek 130, Hebrew 125, 130, 135, 188FL, Study of Religion M186A, M186B, M186C, Semitics 130, 141, 142.

A maximum of 8 units of special studies courses (197, 198, 199) approved by the department may be applied toward the major. Each course must be taken for a letter grade.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to spend time abroad either to (1) study with an education abroad program or (2) work on a UCLA-affiliated archaeological excavation in the broader Middle East. For information on studying abroad, contact the Education Abroad Program, 1332 Murphy Hall, 310-825-4995; for UCLA-affiliated excavations, contact the departmental academic counselor at 310-825-4165.