An interdisciplinary approach to learning is a characteristic of the Chicago intellectual tradition. The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations is itself an interdisciplinary group, comprising philologists, linguists, archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, students of religion and law, and others. Students in NELC participate in courses, seminars, and workshops where they, as well as the NELC faculty, interact with their counterparts in anthropology, art history, classics, comparative literature, history, law, linguistics, political science, and religious studies. NELC also has a joint degree program with the Department of Linguistics.
This interdisciplinary and team approach is especially facilitated by the participation of many students and faculty in the work of the University's Oriental Institute and Center for Middle Eastern Studies. The Department also publishes the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, which is one of the leading journals in Ancient Near Eastern and Islamic studies.
Since 1913, the University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.