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Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures

Queens College classes will occur on-line beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. For the latest COVID-19/Coronavirus updates, please click here.

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.

Ancient Greek

Classical Studies
Hebrew and Middle Eastern Studies
Middle Eastern Studies



East Asian Studies
East Asian Studies

Chinese for Business
Religious Studies




Study Abroad

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

Rikkyo University (Tokyo)
Sichuan University (Chengdu)


 Office Information


Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, there are currently no regular in-person office hours. For all matters, please send an email to the department, or leave a phone message.

Faculty can be reached by email and are holding office hours by phone or videoconference. See faculty contact information.

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

Faculty and Staff Information 


Open House March 31 

The Middle Eastern Studies MA program at the CUNY Graduate Center invites prospective student to a virtual open house on March 31.

More Info · RSVP Required​

Language Placement

Upcoming Language Placement Exams

Spring 2021

Arabic: Please ​contact Professor Kirsten Beck, the Arabic language coordinator, ​at

Chinese: Please contact Professor Xiao Li, the Chinese language coordinator, at

Ancient Greek: Please contact Professor Raymond Capra, the Ancient Greek language coordinator, at

Hebrew: Please contact Professor Oded Nir, the Hebrew language coordinator, at

Japanese: Please contact Professor Mari Fujimoto, the Japanese language coordinator, at

Korean: Please contact Professor Seongyeon Ko, the Korean language coordinator, at

Latin: Please contact Professor Raymond Capra, the Latin language coordinator, at

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