The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations faculty teach both ancient and modern languages, literatures, and cultures of the Mediterranean in three distinct programs: Hebrew, Arabic, and Classical (Greek and Latin). Chronologically our courses span 4000 BCE to the present. Our courses provide training in a broad spectrum of humanistic inquiry and range from the exacting mastery of difficult languages to the insights obtained from literature and cultural studies. Students planning to go to Medical School or Law School find that our courses give them special preparation, from learning Greek and Latin terminology to the study of ancient medicine and the foundations of international law. Our Arabic and Hebrew courses provide excellent background for careers in political science and international affairs.
Our ancient history courses encompass both cultural and social scientific approaches to the understanding of human experiences of early times. Our courses support programs both in the humanities and in the social sciences, with especially close ties to and cross-listings with History, Religion, Judaic Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Classical Archaeology and Art History, Anthropology, as well as the Elliott School of International Affairs.