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Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies

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. Read More.

Arabic Table

The Arabic Table is an engaging way to practice your language skills and meet other students of Arabic at Binghamton University in an informal setting. Led by our Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Mr. Elsayed Elsisi, the Arabic Table provides an opportunity to activate vocabulary learned in the classroom and speak about daily life and current events. Sweets and refreshments are occasionally served.


Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm: for students in ARAB 101

Mondays, 4:45 – 5:45 pm: for students in all other levels of Arabic

LT (Library Tower) 507 (on the fifth floor)

The Ancient World in Philadelphia, 2018 

On April 28th, a bus full of students, staff, alumni, and friends, set out to see the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Thanks to the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and the Department of Judaic Studies for supporting the trip. Check out photos here.

Thomas Rice '19 shares a mid-semester report about his experience in Athens here during the spring 2018.

Thomas received a Levin Grant to help support his studies at the American College in Greece.

Study beyond the classroom

Learn how three of our majors spent their summers in 2017 building upon their interest in the Classical or Arab worlds.

CNES and the Power of SUNY:

Read how Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Binghamton University responds to the marketplace while remaining grounded in the traditions of its constituent disciplines.

Todd Lawson discussed the Koran at Binghamton  Todd Lawson Sept. 2018

Todd Lawson, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Thought at the University of Toronto, gave a lecture entitled, "Quran, Epic and Apocalypse" on September 27, 2018. A student-written article on this lecture will be posted here soon!

Latin tutoring

Meet with Dana or Emily for help on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. and on Fridays from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in LT-507.

Binghamton Major Minute: Arabic Major

Hear from Abdukhalil E. Khalil (2018), a double major in Arabic studies and mechanical engineering, who explains his reason for majoring in Arabic studies. 

A Semester in the Arab World

Ben Goldberg '18 visits Egypt

Ben Goldberg (2018) reflects on his semester study abroad and describes his experiences traveling throughout the Arab world here.

Last Updated: 9/29/18