The Semitics department offers intensive summer language courses through Summer Sessions.

Languages and literatures of the Christian Near East (Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Syriac) are a focus of the department's summer program.

The Summer 2019 Program includes introductory-level and reading-level courses in Coptic, Old Georgian and Syriac.

Students enrolled in these courses enjoy access to the Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR) collections in the University's Semitics/ICOR Library.

For questions about the department and its programs contact Dr. Andrew Gross, Department Chair.

  • Summer Session 15: May 20-June 22, 2019 (5 weeks)

    SEM 533 Basic Syriac (3 credits) MWF 4:30pm-7:00pm (Mullen 036)


    Monica J. Blanchard

    The fundamentals of literary Syriac phonology, morphology, and syntax, offered in an intensive format in the summer session.

    SEM 684 Readings in Coptic (2 credits) MW 10:00am-12:30pm (Mullen 031)


    Janet A. Timbie

    Reading of selected Coptic texts in various dialects and types of literature. Prerequisites: SEM 681, SEM 683, or equivalent.
  • Summer Session 16: May 20-June 29, 2019 (6 weeks)

    SEM 683 Basic Coptic (3 credits) T&Th 10:00am-1:20pm (Mullen 031)

    Janet A. Timbie

    The fundamentals of Sahidic Coptic phonology, morphology, and syntax, offered in an intensive format during summer school. Prerequisite: Basic Greek.

    SEM 807 Basic Old Georgian (3 credits) TTH 4:00pm-7:10pm (Mullen 036)

    Monica J. Blanchard

    The fundamentals of Old Georgian phonology, morphology, and syntax, offered in an intensive format in the summer session.