The Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures offers two programs — Ancient Near East and Christian Near East studies — that lead to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.
Students in Ancient Near East studies focus on the languages of the Hebrew Bible (Hebrew and Aramaic) with considerable course work in other ancient Near Eastern languages. The department offers more different forms of Aramaic than any other program in North America. Students in Christian Near East studies can specialize in Arabic, Coptic, or Syriac with crossover studies among these specialties.
Faculty from the department also teach courses and participate in several affiliated programs. Undergraduates, if interested in intensive language study, may enroll in Semitics department courses.