Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies
- The Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near
Eastern Studies is an educational and cultural center created
for study in the Near East, emphasizing religion, the
humanities, and the social sciences. The Jerusalem Center has
four principal goals:
- Provide students an opportunity to study the scriptures in
the setting in which the patriarchs, prophets, and the Lord
himself lived and taught, and by that study to gain
understanding of and commitment to the truths of the
gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Expand students' understanding of the religions, cultures,
history, archaeology, geography, languages, and politics of
the ancient and modern Near East.
- Foster research and creative endeavors by BYU faculty,
students, and visiting scholars.
- Promote understanding with other peoples, cultures, and
religious faiths that trace their roots to the Holy Land.
- To achieve these goals, the Jerusalem Center offers a core
curriculum with courses in the Old and New Testament and in
the ancient and modern Near East. In addition, the center
provides specialized courses in archaeology, geography,
history, and cultures of the Near East, including language study
in Hebrew and Arabic.
- The Jerusalem Center has marvelous physical facilities on
Mount Scopus overlooking the oldest part of the city of
Jerusalem. Classrooms, a library, a learning center,
auditoriums, student and faculty apartments, a gymnasium
and conditioning room, and a cafeteria provide a complete
- Calendar and Program Emphasis. Three programs
are offered during the calendar year, scheduled to approximate the Provo
campus calendar: fall, winter, and spring/summer semesters (four-month
- The semester programs are designed for
students who are currently enrolled at a college or
university seeking their first undergraduate degree. Most
of the courses offered are at the upper-division level.
Students are encouraged to prepare themselves in advance
for this exceptional experience by taking such courses as
Pl Sc 170, Geog 120, Hist 300, 302, Arab 101, Heb 101.
- All programs include field trips within the
Holy Land and to Jordan, Sinai, and Egypt.
- Predeparture Orientation Course. This
Independent Study course (NES 100) is taken the semester or term before a
student's work at the Jerusalem Center.
- Curriculum. The following subject areas
are currently taught at the center:
- Biblical Studies: Old Testament and New Testament
- Ancient Near Eastern Studies
- Modern Near Eastern Studies
- Introductory course in either Hebrew or Arabic (required
during fall and winter semesters; not offered during spring
or summer terms).
- Elective courses in biblical studies, ancient and modern
Near Eastern Studies, and archaeology as arranged each
Note: Some courses taken at the Jerusalem
Center for Near Eastern Studies may be applied toward degrees in Near Eastern
Studies, International Relations, and other majors in the College of
Family, Home, and Social Sciences. Students should contact their
advisement centers concerning specific degree requirements.