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Professor Elizabeth Fisher honored October 2019

Professor Elizabeth Fisher of the GW Classics Program Unit was honored at the October 2019 meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Click the title to read more.

GW Alum Uses Internship to Bring Classics to Kids

GW's Latin Teaching Internship helped Adam LaFleche ('14) bring Latin to local D.C. schools. For more information on both the internship and Adam's accomplishment, click the title above.

Classics Student lands Supreme Internship!

From Corinthian columns to the influence of Justinian, Matthew Beers (’18) shares how his Classics background helped him at his internship at the Supreme Court. If you'd like to read his full statement, click the title above.

Getting an Internship at the White House after taking Arabic

Congrats to GW Student Gage Cohen for completing an internship at the Whitehouse! Here's what he has to say about how his Arabic helped him.

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Professor Elizabeth Fisher honored October 2019

Professor Elizabeth Fisher of the GW Classics Program Unit was honored at the October 2019 meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Click the title to read more.

GW Alum Uses Internship to Bring Classics to Kids

GW's Latin Teaching Internship helped Adam LaFleche ('14) bring Latin to local D.C. schools. For more information on both the internship and Adam's accomplishment, click the title above.

Classics Student lands Supreme Internship!

From Corinthian columns to the influence of Justinian, Matthew Beers (’18) shares how his Classics background helped him at his internship at the Supreme Court. If you'd like to read his full statement, click the title above.

Getting an Internship at the White House after taking Arabic

Congrats to GW Student Gage Cohen for completing an internship at the Whitehouse! Here's what he has to say about how his Arabic helped him.

Welcome to the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations!

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations is devoted to providing students with a unique learning experience. Offering Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, as well as courses in ancient history and civilizations and the modern Middle East, our department prides itself on a unique configuration and blend of professors focused on both research and teaching. We are the only department in the United States that has two professors who have won the national "Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award" from the Archaeological Institute of America (Cline in 2005 and Friedland in 2012). We are also one of the few, if not the only, department in the United States to offer both a major in Classical Studies and a major in Arabic Studies.

Our curriculum strengthens 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 our students, based in the linguistic, cultural, and historical roots of the rich, varied, and strategically important societies of the Mediterranean basin.

Utilizing the diverse resources of the Washington, D.C. area in fulfilling our linguistic and cultural mission, we provide students with field trips to and assignments at local museums, walking tours of Classical Washington, promotion of foreign films and lectures, and cultural programs and internships at embassies. We have arranged internships at Washington institutions, including magazines and professional journals, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, Dumbarton Oaks, the Middle East Institute, and other area resources. Our students have opportunities to study abroad, most recently in Greece, Italy, Israel, Morocco, and Europe, and are assisted in finding opportunities to participate in excavations around the world. 

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Meet the Department Chair

Mohssen Esseesy

Professor Mohssen Esseesy directs the Arabic and Persian Programs besides chairing CNELC department. At GW he served a two-year term in the GW University Faculty Senate (2017-2019) and a three-year term on the Columbian College Dean’s Council (2013-2016). Past leadership positions include the GW Executive Director of the Summer National Security Internship Program (2008-2010). Additionally, Esseesy served on numerous committees at the Department, College, and University levels.

Esseesy’s recent publications include forthcoming book (in-press production at Georgetown University Press with late 2019 release) Al-Munjiz: Advanced Business Arabic; the book chapter “Typological Features of Grammaticalization in Semitic” in Heiko Narrog and Bernd Heine (eds.) Grammaticalization from a Typological Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2018; the book chapter “Arabic for Specific Purposes: Problems and Potentials” in Handbook for Arabic Language Teaching Professionals in the 21st Century, vol. II, (eds.) Wahba, England, and Taha, Routledge, 2018. Previous publications include Esseesy’s book Grammaticalization of Arabic Prepositions and Subordinators, Brill (The Netherlands):2010. He has presented numerous academic papers on Arabic pedagogy and Semitic historical linguistics at national and international academic conferences and symposia.

Professor Esseesy has been a member of the Editorial Board of Routeldge Studies in Language and Identity since 2017 and has served as a reviewer and referee for Columbia University Press, Cambridge University Press, Modern Language Journal, and Georgetown University Press. Additionally, he served as Arabic Proficiency Rater for pre- and post-program writing for U.S. Flagship, stateside and overseas, for the American Councils for International Education (2013-2018).

Esseesy holds a Ph.D. in Arabic (linguistics) with Distinction from Georgetown University.