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The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (cnrs.ubc.ca/) offers programs of study that lead to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

We offer a unique opportunity to explore the societies of the ancient Mediterranean and the Middle East. Our faculty includes world experts who both teach and research the archaeology, history, languages, literatures, and religions of ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Greece and Rome, including Judaism and early Christianity. Our programs, which can be individually tailored to fit specific interests, foster interdisciplinary study while developing the relevant skill sets to prepare our students for future study and employment.

Our strengths include broad coverage of the societies, cultures, religions, and mythologies of ancient civilizations; in-depth study of the dramatic, historical, legal, literary, and religious texts produced by those civilizations; advanced training in practical methods of archaeology and the interpretation of material and visual culture; training in the primary languages (including Akkadian, Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Middle Egyptian, and Classical Arabic); and the receptions of antiquity by later eras.

The Department offers courses in ARBC (Classical Arabic), CLST (Classical Studies), CNRS (Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies), GREK (Ancient Greek), HEBR (Biblical Hebrew), LATN (Latin), NEST (Near Eastern Studies), and RELG (Religious Studies).

For current offerings, visit the Department (cnrs.ubc.ca/for-undergraduates/courses/).

For information on advanced degrees, visit CNERS Graduate Programs (cnrs.ubc.ca/for-graduates/graduate-programs/).

Major in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies

A Major in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies requires the completion of 42 credits, at least 30 of which must be at the 300- or 400-level. The 12 lower-level credits are to be chosen from any course code in the Department of CNERS. As part of the completion of the 30 upper-level credits, students must choose one of five available streams, each of which requires the completion of at least 18 upper-level credits in a certain course code.

Streams

Classical Studies
The study of the archaeology, history, and/or literature of the Greek and Roman worlds.

Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology
The study of the archaeology, history, and languages of Egypt and the Near East.

Religious Studies
The study of the texts and traditions of the Ancient Near East, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Classics
The study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
The study of the material culture and major sites of Greece, Rome, and the Near East in the context of the history and societies that produced them.

Honours in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies

Admission into the Honours program requires an overall average of 76% and the permission of the department. Students are expected to maintain an 80% average in the program. An Honours in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies requires the completion of 60 credits, at least 48 of which must be at the 300- or 400-level. The 12 lower-level credits are to be chosen from any course code in the Department of CNERS. As part of the completion of the 48 upper-level credits, students must choose one of five available streams, each of which requires the completion of at least 27 credits in a specific course code unless otherwise stated. Remaining credits may come from any CNERS department offerings. Courses must include CNRS 449, the title under which students earn 6 credits for their honours thesis.

Streams

Classical Studies
The study of the archaeology, history, and/or literature of the Greek and Roman worlds.

Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology
The study of the archaeology, history, and languages of Egypt and the Near East.

Religious Studies
The study of the texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Classics
The study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
The study of the material culture and major sites of Greece, Rome, and the Near East in the context of the history and societies that produced them.

Important: Students intending to pursue graduate work in these fields are strongly encouraged to begin studying ancient languages at the earliest opportunity, and to consult with an advisor. Students interested in archaeology are strongly encouraged to include a field school as part of their program (e.g. a course such as or CNRS 335).

Minor in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies

A Minor in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies requires the completion of 30 credits, at least 18 of which must be at the 300- or 400-level.

All courses may be selected freely from the following course codes, as long as students meet course prerequisites: ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG, and RGLA. Students may choose to include up to 6 credits from PHIL 310, 311.


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