Certificate in Near Eastern Languages and Culture

A certificate in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures offers evidence to prospective employers and graduate programs that a student has achieved competence in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Hebrew.

Students may earn a certificate in language and culture whether or not they are NES majors. Students wishing to receive one or more certificates in language and culture must email Mr. James LaRegina, the NES undergraduate administrator, at laregina@princeton.edu by March 1 of their senior year to verify that they have completed the requirements and arrange to receive the certificate.

To earn a certificate, students must:

  1. Study a Near Eastern language offered at Princeton—Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish—beyond the level required for completion of the University language requirements.
  2. Complete at least three NES courses in language, literature or culture that involve extensive use of the designated language at the third-year or higher level.
  3. Complete a substantial piece of independent research (i.e., a paper of 7,000 words or more). Complete a substantial piece of independent research (i.e., a paper of at least 7,000 words). Students must find a language instructor or other faculty member who agrees to review their independent work. This independent research requirement, due on  Dean's Date, may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

a) A paper growing out of one of the courses taken to fulfill the certificate requirements. This paper should be additional to the work required in the course.

b) A paper on a topic agreed upon with an instructor in the department.          

c) With the agreement of the student’s home department and the Department of Near Eastern Studies, a student may be allowed to complete a piece of independent work that will satisfy the requirements of both the home department and the certificate. For example, a student could write a junior paper or senior thesis based in substantial part on Near Eastern language sources. The paper does not have to be based entirely on Near Eastern language sources, but its use of such sources should not be trivial or amount to mere window-dressing. In other words, the paper should demonstrate that the insights derived from Near Eastern language sources reach beyond those gained from other sources.. 

All NES Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish courses at the 300, 400, or graduate level may be used to satisfy the certificate's language requirement. In addition, any course (including literature in translation courses) in which the student arranges with the instructor to do substantial reading in his or her designated language may count toward the certificate's language requirement. The latter must be arranged on a case-by-case basis with the instructor.

 

Comparing the Certificate in Near Eastern Languages and Culture and the Program in Near Eastern Studies Certificate 

Certificate in Near Eastern Languages and Culture 

Program in Near Eastern Studies Certificate  

ELIGIBILITY 

  • Available to all students regardless of concentration 
  • Administered by the Department in Near Eastern Studies 
  • Students may enroll beginning of junior year through March 1 of senior year 

ELIGIBILITY 

  • Designed for concentrators in Anthropology, History, Politics, Religion, Sociology, and the Woodrow Wilson School but others may enter with the Director’s approval 
  • Administered by the Program in Near Eastern Studies 
  • Students may enroll at the beginning of senior year through March 1 of senior year 

CONTENT COURSES 

  • Three NES courses in language, literature, or culture involving extensive use (beyond the second year level) of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish 

 

CONTENT COURSES 

  • One appropriate history course in NES.  Department of History concentrators must take two. 
  • Two courses treating the Near East chosen from the offerings of Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies, Religion, Sociology and Woodrow Wilson School 

LANGUAGE STUDY 

  • Study Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish beyond the level required for completion of the University language requirement. 

LANGUAGE STUDY 

  • Two years of Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu 

INDEPENDENT WORK 

  • Students complete independent research, usually a paper of 7,000 or more words, written in consultation with a member of the faculty 

INDEPENDENT WORK 

  • Junior independent work is divided between the student’s home department and Near Eastern Studies 
  • Senior thesis is written on a Near Eastern subject 
  • A portion of the departmental exam deals with the Near Eastern fields studied 

FULL DESCRIPTION 

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