Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies — CNES

NEW! The Saul and Ruth Levin Educational Enrichment Grant

FOR:  Classics Majors, up to $3000 for a Classics Educational Experience

WHO?: Declared (or ready to declare) Binghamton University Majors in Classics, Greek & Latin; Classical Civilization; or Latin who are enrolled, full-time students (12 credits or more) - must be completed prior to graduation

WHAT?: Up to $3000 for Classics-related Educational Experiences, such as Study Abroad, other Classics-related Educational Travel; Research Project Expenses; etc.

WHEN?: Applications due in Classics Dept. office ( by November 9, 2015 for experiences that will be completed in semesters ranging from spring 2016 to spring 2017 - see attached for details!

HOW?: Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Classics, Saul Levin, (Binghamton University professor, 1962-1999) and Mrs. Ruth Levin, Binghamton University MST, 1972 have established the Saul and Ruth Levin Educational Enrichment Grant for Binghamton Classics majors

Full details to apply > Levin Educational Enrichment Grant

Please contact Prof. John H. Starks, Jr., Chair of Classical & Near Eastern Studies ( or Undergraduate Director Prof. Tina Chronopoulos ( with questions.

Welcome to our New Faculty for fall 2015!

Randall D. Souza
Visiting Assistant Professor, Greek and Roman Archaeology and Latin Language. PhD 2014, University of California, Berkeley.
Ancient Sicily; human mobility, community and citizenship; Greek and Latin epigraphy.

Jonathan Hills
Adjunct Lecturer. MPhil 2004 (Classics), University of Cambridge.
Indo-European Linguistics: Origins and Development of Greek and Latin.

Saqer Almarri
Adjunct Lecturer in Arabic. MA 2012, Translation and Interpreting, The American University of Sharjah, UAE.
Arabic linguistics, historical and contemporary translation theory, religious and juridical aspects of the history of translation in Arabic.

Rania Said
Adjunct Lecturer in Arabic. PhD candidate in comparative literature; MA 2013.
Agrégation in English Language, Literature, and Civilization, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Tunis, Tunisia.

Fulbright FLTA  2015-2016

Jamal Al-Sulaiman is our Arabic Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for academic year 2015-2016.

For more on the Fulbright FLTA program: 

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 ~ Spring 2016

Plan your spring 2016 schedule with CNES now.  View courses to be taught.
Here for Arabic and Turkish (ARAB & TURK)
Here for Classics (GReeK, LATin, CLASsical Civilization)

CNES Courses ~ Fall 2015

Plan your fall 2015 with CNES now.  View courses to be taught by clicking:

Here for Arabic and Turkish (ARAB & TURK)
Here for Classics (Greek, Latin, Classical Civilization)

See more here>>

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.

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 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


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


Related Links

Last Updated: 11/3/15