Near Eastern Studies (NES)Arts and Sciences

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NES 1102

Intended for beginners. Provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Students who complete the course are able to function in basic situations ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5137NES 1102  SEM 101

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

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  •   Combined with: JWST 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5138NES 1102  SEM 102

NES 1202

Provides a thorough grounding in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It starts with spoken Arabic and gradually integrates Modern Standard Arabic in the form of listening and ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16970NES 1202  SEM 101

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5130NES 1202  SEM 102

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5131NES 1202  SEM 103

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5132NES 1202  SEM 104

NES 1312

Introduction to Urdu reading and writing. Assumes some knowledge of spoken Hindi-Urdu.  May be taken concurrently with HINDI 1102. view course details

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  •   Combined with: URDU 1125

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  7142NES 1312  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: HINDI 1101 or permission of instructor.

NES 1321

Intended for beginners and heritage speakers alike, this course is a quick and easy way to a popular worldly language in a modern day context (Farsi)!  Students develop all four skills - speaking, listening, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5079NES 1321  SEM 101

NES 1331

Elementary Turkish is intended for students with no previous knowledge of Turkish and who are interested in developing a solid base in modern Turkish language. Emphasis will be placed on laying a strong ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5123NES 1331  SEM 101

  • Course taught through distance learning using video-conferencing technology.

NES 1341

An introduction to modern Greek with emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension. The course will cover all major noun and adjective groups and their declension; the basic verb conjugations, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GREEK 1142

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16146NES 1341  SEM 101

  • Distance learning via video conferencing from Yale.

NES 1411

This course continues basic instruction in the Akkadian language by translating some of the most important documents of Ancient Iraq, such as Sargon's Eighth Military Campaign, the Cyrus Cylinder, the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: NES 6411

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17084NES 1411  SEM 101

NES 2100

The course is aimed at training students in exact and idiomatic Hebrew, expanding vocabulary and usage of grammatical knowledge, and acquiring facility of expression in both conversation and writing. Uses ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 2100

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5124NES 2100  SEM 101

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

NES 2200

Sequel to NES 1201-NES 1202. Continued development of the four language skills through extensive use of graded materials on a wide variety of topics. Increased attention is given to developing native-like ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2200

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5159NES 2200  SEM 102

NES 2202

This course is designed to develop competence in Urdu reading and writing for students with a first-year knowledge of Hindi and knowledge of Urdu script. May be taken concurrently with Intermediate ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: URDU 2226

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  6920NES 2202  LEC 001

  • Prerequisite: URDU 2225 or permission of instructor.

NES 2204

This course is designed for students who are interested in reading the language of the Qur'an with accuracy and understanding. The first week (4 classes) will be devoted to an introduction of the history ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2204RELST 2204

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7567NES 2204  SEM 101

NES 2322

The course is designed with strong integration of modern colloquial Persian (Farsi).  Only colloquial Persian is used for all speaking and listening activities, while reading and writing tasks are performed ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5080NES 2322  SEM 101

NES 2332

Intermediate Turkish is for students who have an adequate elementary knowledge of Turkish including students who have taken Elementary Turkish.  This course introduces students to more complex grammatical ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17009NES 2332  SEM 101

NES 2522

This course examines the production and exchange of wine, beer, coffee and tea, and the social and ideological dynamics involved in their consumption. We start in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and end ... view course details

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NES 2575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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  •  7368NES 2575  LEC 001

NES 2610

The Near East is a land often defined by "firsts": the first cities, first writing, first empires. As a result, archaeology has long looked to the region for explanations of origins, particularly the origins ... view course details

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  • 17026NES 2610  LEC 001

  • Grad students should enroll in NES 6610.

NES 2644

In this course, students will survey the development of Judaism from its roots in ancient Mesopotamia to modernity. Rather than thinking of Judaism as static and easily definable, we will explore a history ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 2644RELST 2644

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17091NES 2644  LEC 001

NES 2668

The course surveys the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt from its prehistoric origins down to the early first millennium bce. Within a chronological framework, the following themes or topics will ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARKEO 2668JWST 2668

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7365NES 2668  LEC 001

NES 2670

This lecture class will explore the socio-cultural history of modern Egypt from the late 18th century to the 21st century "Arab Spring." We will explore Egyptian history under the Ottomans and the Mamluks, ... view course details

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  •  8080NES 2670  LEC 001

  • For students interested in an optional 1-credit section taught in Arabic, please enroll in NES 3366.

NES 2822

Have you ever thought about what it takes to develop fluency in two languages?  How do people who are bilingual experience the world differently than those who speak a single language?  This class is designed ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: LING 2822

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18268NES 2822  LEC 001

NES 2985

Throughout Greek and Roman history, the idea of Egypt inspired powerful imaginative responses ranging from fascination to fear. This course investigates Egyptian interactions with the Greco-Roman world ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ANTHR 2285ARKEO 2285CLASS 2685

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16107NES 2985  LEC 001

  • 16108NES 2985  DIS 201

  • 16109NES 2985  DIS 202

NES 3102

This course is a continuation of work done in NES 3101/JWST 3101, with less emphasis on the study of grammar. We will read and discuss texts of cultural relevance using articles published in Israeli newspapers, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 3102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5127NES 3102  SEM 101

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

NES 3202

Introduces students to authentic, unedited Arabic language materials ranging from poems, short stories, and plays to newspaper articles dealing with social, political, and cultural issues. Emphasis is ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 3101

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7136NES 3202  SEM 101

NES 3366

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  • 1 Credit Stdnt Opt

  • 18838NES 3366  SEM 101

  • Conducted in Arabic. Co-requisite NES 2670.

NES 3511

What role does Islam take in the politics, history, arts and rituals of Southeast Asia? Structured as a seminar, this course takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia, home to almost a quarter of the ... view course details

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  •  8941NES 3511  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: One course in the humanities.

NES 3519

In the conditions of strict censorship and numerous limitations on various forms of political organization and activism, literature and cinema, especially Iran's internationally acclaimed art cinematography, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 3519

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8074NES 3519  LEC 001

NES 3537

This course examines the history of Zionism as an idea and as a political movement in all its various forms, currents, and transformations from its origins in mid-nineteenth century Europe to the present. ... view course details

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  • 17003NES 3537  LEC 001

NES 3677

Unlike Moses or Jesus, Muhammad is said to have been born in the full light of history. The earliest extant biography of the Prophet, the Life of Muhammad by Ibn Hisham (d. 833), contains a full account ... view course details

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  • 17051NES 3677  SEM 101

NES 4102

The books of 1 and 2 Samuel tell the riveting story of the rise to power of Israel's kings Saul and David.  In this class we will read these books in the original Hebrew, paying attention to details of ... view course details

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  • 17100NES 4102  SEM 101

NES 4304

This seminar investigates the nexus of music, poetry, cosmology, and iconography in medieval Arabo-Persian culture from, roughly, the Sāmānids (ninth/tenth century) to the Safavids (sixteenth/seventeenth ... view course details

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  • 16994NES 4304  SEM 101

NES 4351

Seminar topics rotate each semester. view course details

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  • Topic: Ravenna

  • 16746NES 4351  SEM 101

NES 4533

American Jews have frequently been touted as a "model minority." This course will take a more critical look at the historical interactions between Jewish immigration, United States industrialization, and ... view course details

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  • 17508NES 4533  SEM 101

NES 4540

Moses Maimonides who was born in Cordoba (1138), moved to Fez as a youth and died in Cairo (1204) is regarded by Jewish, Islamic, and Christian tradition alike as the most important Jewish religious ... view course details

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  • 17066NES 4540  SEM 101

NES 4544

Ceramics are among the most ubiquitous materials in the archaeological record. From prehistory to the present, the manipulation of clay to form pottery and other synthetic objects has transformed domains ... view course details

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  • 17199NES 4544  SEM 101

NES 4560

Seminar offering advanced Near Eastern Studies students the opportunity to read and discuss the range of theories and methods that have been employed by scholars in the interdisciplinary area of Near Eastern ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: NES 6560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5291NES 4560  SEM 101

NES 4654

This seminar provides a higher-level general introduction to, and survey of, contemporary theories, methods, and approaches in the archaeology of the Mediterranean world. Rather than focusing on a specific ... view course details

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  • 16981NES 4654  SEM 101

NES 4867

Certain verses in the Quran have challenged Muslim interpreters as well as modern scholars. In some cases, the verses do not seem to fit the context; in others, they violate standard rules of Arabic grammar. ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18152NES 4867  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: Two years of Arabic or permission of instructor.

NES 4992

For undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or do extensive reading on a special topic. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the course. ... view course details

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6763NES 4992  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6764NES 4992  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Chami, Y

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6765NES 4992  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6766NES 4992  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6767NES 4992  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6768NES 4992  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6769NES 4992  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6770NES 4992  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Scharf, N

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6771NES 4992  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Shoer, S

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6772NES 4992  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6773NES 4992  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Toorawa, S

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6774NES 4992  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6860NES 4992  IND 618

    • TBA
    • Gocheleishvili, I

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7001NES 4992  IND 621

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7133NES 4992  IND 622

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18954NES 4992  IND 623

    • TBA
    • Huntley, L

NES 4998

Each fall, a small number of highly qualified seniors enter the Near Eastern Studies Honors Program. The Honors Program is open to NES majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6872NES 4998  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

  • NES 4998 is the FIRST course in the Honors two-part sequence.

NES 4999

Each fall, a small number of highly qualified seniors enter the Near Eastern Studies Honors Program. The Honors Program is open to NES majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6085NES 4999  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

  • NES 4999 is the SECOND course in the Honors two-part sequence.

NES 6102

The books of 1 and 2 Samuel tell the riveting story of the rise to power of Israel's kings Saul and David.  In this class we will read these books in the original Hebrew, paying attention to details of ... view course details

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  • 17103NES 6102  SEM 101

NES 6351

Seminar topics rotate each semester. view course details

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  • Topic: Ravenna

  • 16741NES 6351  SEM 101

NES 6411

This course continues basic instruction in the Akkadian language by translating some of the most important documents of Ancient Iraq, such as Sargon's Eighth Military Campaign, the Cyrus Cylinder, the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: NES 1411

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17083NES 6411  SEM 101

NES 6540

Moses Maimonides who was born in Cordoba (1138), moved to Fez as a youth and died in Cairo (1204) is regarded by Jewish, Islamic, and Christian tradition alike as the most important Jewish religious ... view course details

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  • 17057NES 6540  SEM 101

NES 6544

Ceramics are among the most ubiquitous materials in the archaeological record. From prehistory to the present, the manipulation of clay to form pottery and other synthetic objects has transformed domains ... view course details

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  • 17205NES 6544  SEM 101

NES 6560

Seminar offering advanced Near Eastern Studies students the opportunity to read and discuss the range of theories and methods that have been employed by scholars in the interdisciplinary area of Near Eastern ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: NES 4560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17033NES 6560  SEM 101

NES 6575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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  •  9068NES 6575  LEC 001

NES 6610

The Near East is a land often defined by "firsts": the first cities, first writing, first empires. As a result, archaeology has long looked to the region for explanations of origins, particularly the origins ... view course details

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  • 17030NES 6610  LEC 001

  • Students enrolling in NES 6610 will meet for an extra hour in addition to attending lecture with NES 2610.

  • 17930NES 6610  DIS 201

NES 6642

Topic: Early Christian Martyr Narratives and History. view course details

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  • Topic: Early Christian Martyr Narratives and History

  • 16115NES 6642  SEM 101

NES 6677

Unlike Moses or Jesus, Muhammad is said to have been born in the full light of history. The earliest extant biography of the Prophet, the Life of Muhammad by Ibn Hisham (d. 833), contains a full account ... view course details

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  • 17055NES 6677  SEM 101

NES 6990

Formations of progressive or revolutionary hope have become increasingly rare and are often replaced, for many working out of the German critical tradition, by critique of Enlightenment. This ... view course details

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  • 16490NES 6990  SEM 101

NES 6992

For graduate students who wish to do intensive reading on a focused topic. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member that has agreed to supervise the course. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6086NES 6992  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6217NES 6992  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6220NES 6992  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Toorawa, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6226NES 6992  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6775NES 6992  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6776NES 6992  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6777NES 6992  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Chami, Y

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6778NES 6992  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6779NES 6992  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Scharf, N

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6780NES 6992  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6781NES 6992  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7134NES 6992  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7135NES 6992  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

NES 7533

American Jews have frequently been touted as a "model minority." This course will take a more critical look at the historical interactions between Jewish immigration, United States industrialization, and ... view course details

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  • 17553NES 7533  SEM 101

NES 7654

This seminar provides a higher-level general introduction to, and survey of, contemporary theories, methods, and approaches in the archaeology of the Mediterranean world. Rather than focusing on a specific ... view course details

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  • 16986NES 7654  SEM 101