Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations offers undergraduate instruction in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, as well as courses in ancient history and civilizations and the modern Middle East.

The curriculum is designed to strengthen a student's ability to communicate, reason, and understand the social, cultural, and physical environment of the ancient and modern worlds. The department fosters careful and creative thinking in its students, based in the linguistic, cultural, and historical roots of the rich, varied, and strategically important societies of the Mediterranean basin.

Classroom study is supplemented by the diverse resources of Washington, D.C., through field trips, foreign films, special lectures, and cultural programs at embassies. Students have opportunities to study abroad, including Greece, Italy, Israel, and Morocco, and to participate in excavations around the world.

Professors E.H. Cline, E.A. Fisher

Associate Professors A. Bonnah (Teaching), M. Esseesy (Chair), E.A. Friedland, C. Rollston, A.M. Smith II

Assistant Professors C. Jorgensen, M.M. Kassab (Teaching), S. Loomis, P. Minuchehr, J.J. Tobkin (Teaching), K. Wasdin

Teaching Instructors S. Marcus, E. Oraby, N. Taher,

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office