The Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC) major and minor offers students the opportunity for in-depth study of the languages, literatures, art, archaeology, and history of the Middle East from antiquity to modern times. Language and literature courses are offered in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish, as well as in the ancient languages of Egyptian, Sumerian, Akkadian, Aramaic, and Iranian. Students can explore the interconnected worlds of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and their neighbors, as well as the diverse cultures of the modern Middle East. The major also offers study in pre-modern and modern Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions. During their studies, students can take part in a discovery experience that is innovative, collaborative, transdisciplinary, and features digital research.