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Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Track
A. Students must complete NEJS 9a (The World of the Ancient Near East).
B. Students must complete at least seven other courses in Bible and ancient Near Eastern studies, at least four of which must be taught by members of the NEJS faculty. Up to three courses may be taken in other departments at Brandeis or at other universities. Courses used to fulfill the language requirement (see requirement D below) do not count toward the fulfillment of this requirement.
C. As part of the seven courses, students must complete at least one course in each of the following areas:
(1) The Hebrew Bible/Ancient Israel: FYS 45a, NEJS 10a, 103a, 104a, 106a, 110b, 111a, 112a, 113a, 113b, 114b, 115b, 117b, 118b, 121b, 122b;
(2) Mesopotamia and Cuneiform: NEJS 101a, 101b, 102a, 116a, 122a;
(3) Early and Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, Medieval Commentaries: NEJS 113a, 117b, 123b, 125b, 126a, 126b, 127a, 127b, 128a, 130a, 130b; 148b, 155b;
(4) An area outside of NEJS that broadens the contextual or methodological horizons of Near Eastern study (e.g., in classics, linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, or literary theory), to be determined in consultation with the student's advisor. ANTH 105a, 123a, 136a, 153a, 186b, CLAS 100a, 167b, 170a, 190b, LING 100a, 110a, 112b, 115a, 120b, 125b.
D. Students must study two languages of the ancient world, such as Akkadian, Aramaic, Greek, biblical Hebrew, Hittite, Ugaritic, or another approved ancient language. One language, generally Akkadian or Hebrew, must be studied to the fourth-semester level, and another to the second-semester level. In no case may courses used to fulfill this language requirement count toward the fulfillment of any other departmental requirement.
Students who choose biblical Hebrew as the main language, after taking (or testing out of) first-year modern Hebrew, must take a course in biblical grammar (GRK 20b, NEJS 10a, 101b, 113a, 206a) and a biblical text course (NEJS 110b, 112a, 114b, 118b, 121b, 122b. (NEJS 10a may be taken as a third-semester course).
E. No course with a final grade below C- can count toward fulfilling the major requirements in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.
F. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.