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Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies 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 civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. Our remarkably diverse faculty includes world experts who both teach and research the archaeology, history, languages, literatures, and religions of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome, including Judaism, Christianity, and early Islam. 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 rigorous training in the primary languages, Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Middle Egyptian, and Classical Arabic; broad coverage of the mythic systems 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 epigraphy; and exploration of the traditions and receptions of antiquity by later eras.

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

For current offerings, visit the Department.

For information on advanced degrees, visit CNERS 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.

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level CLST courses
  • 3 credits selected from CLST 401, 402, 403, 404
  • 12 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG, PHIL 310, PHIL 311

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

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of NEST and up to 6 credits of HEBR
  • 3 credits selected from NEST 400, 401, 402, CNRS 410
  • 12 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG and up to 6 credits of ARCL

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

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 15 credits of 300- 400-level RELG
  • 3 credits of RELG 475
  • 12 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG and may include, with prior written approval from the CNERS Undergraduate Advisor, courses in Asian Studies (ASIA) that deal primarily with religion

Classics
The study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 18 credits in GREK and/or LATN
  • 12 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG

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.

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 15 credits in CLST or NEST, which must include CLST 331 and 332 (or CLST 330), NEST 304 and 319
  • 3 credits from CLST 401, CLST 403, NEST 400, 402 ,CNRS 410
  • 12 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG, and may include up to 6 credits ARCL

Honours in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

Admission into the honours program requires an overall average of 76%, an average of at least 80% in program-related courses already taken, 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.

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 24 credits of 300- and 400-level CLST
  • 3 credits from CLST 401, 402, 403 or 404
  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG, PHIL 310, PHIL 311
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449

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

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 24 credits selected from 300- 400-level NEST, RELG 305, 306, or up to 6 credits of HEBR
  • 3 credits of NEST 400, 401, 402, CNRS 410
  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG, may include up to 6 credits of ARCL
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449

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

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 24 credits of 300- 400-level RELG
  • 3 credits of RELG 475
  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG, and may include, with prior written approval from the CNERS Undergraduate Advisor, courses in Asian Studies (ASIA) that deal primarily with religion
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449

Classics
The study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 27 credits of 300- 400-level GREK or LATN
  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449

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.

    Upper-level Requirements
  • 24 credits in CLST or NEST, which must include CLST 331 and 332 (or CLST 330), NEST 304 and 319
  • 3 credits selected from CLST 401, 403, NEST 400, NEST 402, or CNRS 410;
  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG, and may include up to 6 credits of ARCL
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449

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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