Department: Classical and Oriental Studies


The Department of Classical and Oriental Studies offers graduate programs in Latin and Chinese.

The Chinese Language and Literature program offers language courses in Modern Chinese (Mandarin) and Classical Chinese as well as courses taught in English on traditional and modern Chinese literature and culture. The program includes the B.A. major in Chinese Translation and Interpreting which provides students with a grounding in translation and interpretation skills working between Chinese and English.

The Latin program is offered with the Classical and Oriental Studies Department and is designed to serve individuals who do not have certification in the teaching of Latin. The applicant must be admitted by both the School of Education and the Classical and Oriental Studies Department.

What can I do with my degree in Classical and Oriental Studies?

The MA in Adolescent Education Chinese  (Academic Plan: CHINAE-MA) prepares candidates to teach Chinese to grade 7-12 students of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and interests. This program is not designed for individuals who already have NYS certification in Chinese 7-12.

The Latin master’s and advanced certificate programs prepare candidates to teach Latin in grades 7-12 to students of diverse backgrounds, abilities and interests. This program is not designed for individuals who already have NYS certification in Latin 7-12.

The Master of Arts Program in Translation and Interpreting (MATI) is a professional degree program that prepares students for careers in translation and interpreting serving governmental  and non-governmental organizations and all levels of institutional needs in the private and public sectors. Offered both online and in-person the program provides a clear professional path for advanced bilingual students, training them to perform community, legal, medical and conference interpreting as well as written translation in an array of in-demand subject fields. This program serves three language tracks currently, the Chinese, Russian and Spanish and also accepts students working in the major internet languages including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Korean, and Portuguese.

Programs and Courses in Chinese and Latin

Administration and Faculty


David Petrain
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(212) 772-5181