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Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Classical and Near Eastern Studies.

Classical and Near Eastern Studies Mission

The mission of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies is to produce and disseminate knowledge about the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East from the Neolithic period through late antiquity. The Department faculty conducts research and teaches courses in the languages and literatures of Greece, Rome, and the Near East (including Modern Hebrew); and the art, history, and religious traditions of these civilizations, including the development of early Judaism and Christianity. The Department offers majors in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. CNES is also the administrative home of the programs in Religious Studies and Classical Civilization.

The CNES faculty includes a number of scholars who have won awards for both teaching and research.

Department News

  • Announcing the Retirement of Tom Clayton

    Tom Clayton is retiring after 47 years of teaching at Minnesota. Best wishes for a meaningful and rewarding retirement! 

  • Congratulations to Fulbright Recipients Emily Parrent and Theresa Chresand

    MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, April 16, 2015--Seven seniors at the University of Minnesota have been awarded grants to study and teach abroad following graduation by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Three were awarded study grants that will allow them to conduct research with faculty at foreign universities, one will complete a Masters degree, and three will work as teaching assistants in English language classes. The Fulbright grants cover all travel and living expenses for one academic year.

    Emily Parrent, a student in the University Honors Program and the College of Liberal Arts from Crystal Lake, Illinois, will complete an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York. A major in both French/Italian and Classical Civilization, she will continue her studies of languages, paleography, and archaeology to develop skills to complete a Ph.D. and future research medieval history.

    Theresa Chresand, a 2014 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and the University Honors Program, majored in Greek and Latin and has been continuing her studies at Cambridge University. As an undergraduate she studied papyrology and became involved in the Ancient Lives project, working with Professor Nita Krevans to crowd-source the transcription of thousands of fragmentary texts. She will continue her research on Greek papyri in Vienna, Austria at the Ă–sterreichische Nationalbibliothek and other archives.

    The Fulbright Program was created and funded by Congress in 1946 to promote international good will through the exchange of students and scholars in all areas of education, culture, and science. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
    Students at the University of Minnesota and recent graduates who are interested in the Fulbright Student Program should see the web-site at and contact Timothy Jones in the Office of National and International Scholarships (

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