The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations offers many resources to support students and make the academic experience as engaging and enjoyable as possible. Find out more about language tutoring, study abroad, internships and financial and academic resources. Students are also invited to apply for departmental honors or join local clubs and institutes

Departmental Honors


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Students majoring in Arabic studies or in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES) may apply to earn special honors to be noted on their transcript. To be eligible, students must:

  • Meet GW’s special honors requirements 
  • Complete the two-course directed project (CLAS 3901 and CLAS 4901) and receive a minimum grade of A-
  • Receive approval for honors on the directed project from a committee of two faculty members
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher in the major and 3.25 overall by the end of junior year

Classical Studies Honors and Prizes

Clubs and Institutes


Classics and Archaeology Club

The GW Classics and Archaeology Club promotes the study of these topics on campus and hosts information panels, social gatherings, film screenings and other events throughout the year.



"When I began at GW, I could converse a bit about day-to-day topics with my Iranian family members, but I lacked the language skills necessary to effectively incorporate Persian into my academic skill set. Thanks to GW’s Media Persian course, I now confidently consume Persian news and primary sources."

Alex Gray
MA '20, Middle East Studies

Alex Gray


More GW Resources

Academic Commons
Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.

Disability Support Services
Request support or accommodation based on the potential impact of a disability with the GW Disability Support Services office.

GW Libraries
Explore on-campus libraries and online research databases. 

Language Center
Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.

CCAS Undergraduate Advising
Get assistance from your Columbian College academic advisor to navigate declaring a major or minor and other academic support.

Writing Center
Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.

GW Elliott School of International Affairs Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement
Take the proficiency test, which is beneficial for students interested in careers in international affairs, foreign policy, government and much more. (Available only to students in the Persian program.)

Center for Career Services
Take advantage of career and job search coaching, self-assessment services, résumé development, networking and more. (Services offered to students and alumni.)

Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
Search and apply for undergraduate fellowships and research awards. 

Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards
Apply for a $500 grant to fund research project supplies, conference travel, off-site archival visits, videography and more.

Student Accounts Office
View current tuition and aid  information. Applicants who request financial aid will be considered for all forms of aid available based on criteria including undergraduate GPA, courses taken, recommendations, extracurricular activities and GRE scores. 

Student Financial Assistance
Look for scholarships, Federal Work-Study positions, military benefits and other funding assistance.

Student Research Commons
Find paid research jobs, fellowships, seminars and other events available in the GW community.

Undergraduate Research Award
Apply for this $5,000 research award, open to first-years, sophomores and juniors.