The following characteristics are good to bring along with you:
The following paragraphs will introduce you to the main themes of our programs at the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations is dedicated to exploring the ancient near eastern cultures (especially those of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran and neighboring regions) in the period from 4000 to 1000 BC.
What is particularly fascinating about this discipline, among other things, is the possibility to let an entire society emerge from sources that haven't been read in 4000 years and to recontruct is with more and more details. This is possible due to the plethora of written source material documenting the history and cultures of the ancient orient. These sources are about many different topics, including science, society, culture and economics.
The reflection of these topics form a contemporary perspective is fascinating due to not only scientific and a cultural, but personal aspects of our daily lives, as the cultures of ancient Iraq and Syria had great influence on the cultures of the near east as well as on western cultures. That is why the findings in this discipline are an important foundation for dialogues between east and west.
The three languages at the center of research and teaching within our program are Akkadian (Assyrian-Babylonian), Sumerian, and Hittite. We also study these languages' cuneiform inscriptions. The main component of the program is learning and practicing the reading of cuneiform scripts. Fundamental texts are read and interpreted, i.e. legal texts, fables and epic tales, letters and administrative records.
This is how it works: first, the sources are taken apart philologically. This means that the symbols are identified and subsequently translated and finally interpreted according to the culture and history of the source. These interpretaions emcompass myriad complex topics, i.e.
After your Studies
After completing the Undergraduate Program with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) you have the possibility of following up with a Master's degree.
Alternatively, professions in the follwing areas are possible:
Furthermore, the successful completion of the undergraduate program will give you the qualification to work independently, work with better time management, and with other valuable characteristics gained through the program.