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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 four 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
Ancient Greek

Classical Studies

Middle Eastern Studies


East Asian Studies Religious Studies
East Asian Studies

Chinese for Business



Study Abroad

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

Rikkyo University (Tokyo)
Sichuan University (Chengdu)


 Office Information

Miryam Segal
Department Chair
Location: Queens Hall, Room 215
Phone: 718-997-5570
Fax: 718-997-5577

Faculty and Staff Information

Language Placement

Language Coordinators

Upcoming Language Placement Exams

Summer 2016

Arabic: between 12 and 1:30pm
Queens Hall 245D

  • June 29
  • June 30
  • August 17
  • August 18

Hebrew: contact the Hebrew language coordinator at

Chinese: between 1 and 3pm
Queens Hall 345G

  • June 9  
  • June 16
  • July 21 
  • July 28
  • August 10 
  • August 24

Japanese:  between 12 and 1:30pm
Queens Hall 240 or as listed

  • June 15 - QH345E
  • June 29 - QH345E
  • July 13 - QH245C
  • July 27 - QH245C
  • August 3
  • August 10 
  • August 17
  • August 24 - QH245C

Korean: between 12 and 2pm
Queens Hall 345D

  • June 9
  • July 14
  • July 28
  • August 10
  • August 24
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