Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies — CNES

CNES Courses, Fall 2015

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


Amelia Lyte
Ben Abbott and Amelia Lyte Expand Their Horizons through Study Abroad

Recently, two of our majors in Classics (the study of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Mediterranean worlds) had unforgettable experiences while studying abroad. Ben, a junior with interests in ancient history, spent the summer at the College Year in Athens program in Athens, Greece. Amelia, a senior with interests in law, spent last spring at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. And they brought home pictures - click here for the slide show! | Read More

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Last Updated: 6/18/15