Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies — CNES

Fulbright FLTA Feature, 2014-2015

Bochra Kouraichi was our Arabic Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for academic year 2014-2015. See the story on her, on her homeland of Tunisia, and on the Fulbright FLTA program: Go to story>>>

CNES Courses, Fall 2015

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Here for Arabic and Turkish (ARAB & TURK)

Here for Classics (Greek, Latin, Classical Civ, etc.)

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CNES and the Power of SUNY

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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
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000 - Library Tower (LT) 1117
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000


Tina ChronopoulosOld language and literature are her passions

Tina Chronopoulos divides her time at Binghamton University between two related yet very different subjects: classical antiquity and Medieval Latin. The native of Germany loves teaching language. “My father is Greek and my mother is German, so languages have always been part of my life,” she says. “I started learning Latin at the age of 10 and have never looked back.” | Read More

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Last Updated: 8/26/15