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Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures

Cultural knowledge, along with the ability to use a foreign language, are essential components of a liberal arts education. In addition to language courses, the faculty of this department offers a wide variety of literature and culture courses both in English and in foreign languages. Students who already know the languages are able to take advanced courses to enrich their understanding of the humanities in these traditions; sequences of such courses can become important components of interdisciplinary concentrations, minors, or double-majors that complement a student's primary field of study. "In-translation" courses give students an understanding of the ancient Western and Asian classics, and of various modern Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cultures.

These courses can serve as valuable supplements to work in other departments and fields where knowledge of Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures and languages can be an important component; these include anthropology, art, economics, linguistics, political science, urban studies, and women's studies. The department stresses the importance of critical thinking, research, and writing skills for all undergraduates; we work with students to develop interdisciplinary concentrations, minors, or double-majors linked to a diverse range of interests, fields of study, and professional orientations. In addition, we work closely with other departments and programs to sponsor visiting international writers and scholars in order to explore and emphasize a broad issues.

Undergraduate Studies

The Department of Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures offers a Bachelor of Arts in three broad areas: Classics, Hebrew and Middle Eastern Studies (including Islamic Culture, Sephardic and Israeli Culture), East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies.

Classics Hebrew and Middle Eastern Studies
Majors:
Classics
Ancient Greek
Latin

Minor:
Classical Studies

Majors:
Hebrew
Middle Eastern Studies

Minors:
Arabic
Hebrew


East Asian Studies Religious Studies
Majors:
Chinese
East Asian Studies

Minors:
Chinese
Chinese for Business
Japanese
Korean
Major

Minor

 

Study Abroad

The Department has established links with the following universities and programs.

Rikkyo University (Tokyo)
Sichuan University (Chengdu)

 
 

 Office Information

 
Yunzhong Shu
Acting Department Chair
Location: King Hall, Room 203
Phone: 718-997-5570
Fax: 718-997-5577
Email: CMAL@qc.cuny.edu

Faculty and Staff Information

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