The Department of Near Eastern Language and Cultures brings together a variety of disparate cultural and linguistic studies, both ancient and modern, into a vibrant interdisciplinary whole. In the NELC department, we make the past come alive. We make cultural studies of the Middle East relevant to undergraduate students and the larger Los Angeles community, and in our graduate programs, we create the next generation of experts in the ancient Near Eastern and modern Middle Eastern region. The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) department sees as its mission the scholarly discovery, interpretation, dissemination, and preservation of the history, practices, and conceptual categories originally from the Near Eastern region, the cradle of human civilization, created over a period of more than 10,000 years and continuing as a font of human innovation and a focus of world attention. NELC concentrates its teaching and research on Northwest Asia and North Africa, a region of...Learn More About Us
Levantine Studies News, NELC News
UCLA’s Excavations in Jaffa were Published in Israel’s Haaretz Newspaper
"Previously unknown Canaanite revolt against Egypt revealed in ancient Jaffa. There is no record of the Canaanites ousting their Egyptian overlords, but 3,100-year-old remains of fiery destruction suggest...
Jewish Studies News, Middle Eastern Studies, NELC News, Semitics News
Two NELC Undergraduates Profiled for UCLA Humanities Website
Two of our undergraduate students, Marisol Fernandez (Middle Eastern Studies, Semitics) and Elizabeth Ho (Jewish Studies), were recently written about for the UCLA Humanities website. You can read their inspiring...