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In the Department of History, undergraduate courses include surveys of Armenian history and society from ancient to modern times, the modern history of the Caucasus, undergraduate seminars, and Armenian oral history, which entails field interviews with the last generation of Armenians born in their homelands in the Ottoman Empire. On the graduate level, seminars, advanced historiography, topics courses, and the comparative study of genocide are offered in Armenian history. Students must have reading proficiency in Armenian and in two additional languages for the Ph.D. degree.

In Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), course offerings include elementary through advanced levels of modern Eastern, Western, and classical Armenian, surveys of Armenian literature, drama, and directed studies. Undergraduates may choose Armenian as a field of concentration for an interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Near Eastern Studies, with related courses taken in one or more of the social sciences. Students may also select a minor in Armenian Studies and through petition complete an individual Armenian Studies major. For the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, students may concentrate in language or literature but must complete work in both, as well as in other Near Eastern languages and in Armenian history.

Special fellowships are available for students engaged in Armenian Studies. The Kaspar and Siroon Hovannisian Fellowship of $8,000 is awarded annually to a graduate student in any field of Armenian studies, with preference given to the field of Armenian history. The Robert and Nora Movel Fellowship of $8,000 has been established in the Department of History for a graduate student in Armenian history. The Karekin Der Avedisian Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 is available to graduate students in any field of Armenian Studies. In addition, Mangaserian Fellowships are awarded to deserving student of Armenian heritage in any field of study. The Souren and Verkin Papazian Fund has been established in the Department of History for the advancement of study of the Armenian Genocide. Students should make application for these fellowships through UCLA's Graduate Division or, for the Movel Fellowship, through the Department of History. 

Southern California boasts the largest Armenian community outside of Armenia, and UCLA's outreach programs in Armenian Studies are numerous. Professor Hovannisian frequently organizes Armenian Studies conferences, makes presentations to civic, cultural, and professional societies, and serves as a resource person for media productions and for individuals seeking information about various aspects of Armenian history and culture. On campus, the Armenian program has sponsored many guest lectures and has organized international conferences on the Armenian Genocide and on the Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces. Other symposia have been held on Armenian literature, and exhibitions of Armenian art and architecture have been organized in cooperation with the UCLA Museum of Cultural History.

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