Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies — CNES

Online Petition Form

Go to the online petition form to petition into one of our Arabic (ARAB), Classics (CLAS), Greek (GRK), Latin (LAT), or Turkish (TURK) courses. Note: All fields are required.

Your completed petition form will be E-mailed to the departmental secretary,
Margaret Dwyer ( You may also call the office (607-777-6709) or visit (LT 1117) between 9:30 and 12:45 with any questions/concerns.

CNES New Faculty, Fall 2014

Find out more about new faculty for fall 2014:

  • Omid Ghaemmaghami, Arabic
  • Elizabeth Robinson, classical archaeology
  • Gregory Key, Turkish

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CNES Courses, Fall 2014

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CNES and the Power of SUNY

Read how Classical and Near Eastern Studies at BU responds to the marketplace while remaining grounded in the traditions of its constituent disciplines. PDF 349kb more>>

Department Description

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CNES) offers students the chance both to major and to minor in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Arabic speaking and ancient Mediterranean (Greek, Roman, etc.) worlds. These traditions and civilizations are living realities; they have shaped, and continue to shape, our world today. Students majoring in Arabic or Classics receive thorough preparation, from which they can advance to further study in a variety of areas: ancient, Middle Eastern, and medieval history; history of philosophy and art; comparative literature and linguistics; and a host of other fields and career tracks.

Our Undergraduate Programs feature major tracks distributed between two programs:

  • Arabic (language, literature, culture)
  • Classics, with majors in
    • Classics, Greek and Latin (Greek, Latin language/literature; Greek/Roman/Mediterranean culture)
    •  Latin (language, literature, Greco-Roman culture)
    • Classical Civilization (Roman/Greek/Mediterranean culture)

Basic courses with readings in English are also offered for the benefit of all students University-wide. Our wide-ranging expertise allows us to help students pursue a variety of interests, while instruction in the spoken and written languages of the Near and Middle East East has obvious and immediate relevance.

We pride ourselves in upholding the liberal-arts tradition that has set BU's Harpur College apart from the very beginning:

  • Small to medium-sized classes
  • Expert and attentive instruction
  • Courses demonstrating the interconnectedness of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures, and the relevance of those cultures in today’s world

Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies
Library Tower (LT) 1117
PO BOX 6000
Binghamton University
State University of New York
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000


Kyle WelchAn Interest in Languages Blossoms into a Passion for Arabic

Kyle Welch, a sophomore majoring in Arabic and French with a linguistics concentration, has long had an interest in language. But how did that interest become a passion for Arabic? To hear Kyle tell it, it started when his high-school French teacher suggested he explore other languages - not just French - in college. | Read More

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