Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Learn about the culture, history, and mythology of the ancient Greek and Roman World, explore world religions in a comparative context, and investigate the history and material culture of the ancient Near East and ancient Egypt.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • Yes Honours Option

The BA Major in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies coordinates several study areas that were formerly offered as distinct majors. The flexible new program benefits from the Department’s faculty expertise in archaeology, history, languages, literatures, and religions of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome, including Judaism, Christianity, and early Islam. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged, and the program can be tailored to fit specific interests in preparation for future study and employment opportunities.

Students maintain a specific program focus by choosing one of five available streams:

  • Classical Studies: The study of 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.

Program Requirements

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