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.

Why this program?

  • Feel welcomed in a friendly department with small class sizes and outstanding teaching faculty
  • Explore the full complexity and scope of human civilizations in and around the ancient Mediterranean with interdisciplinary courses and the opportunity to study ancient languages.
  • Get involved with archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Investigate the history, languages, beliefs, and people of the ancient Mediterranean and Europe, their historical reception, and modern significance. You’ll have the option to specialize in Classical Studies, Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology, Religious Studies, Classics, or Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. In each specialization, you have opportunities to delve into the literature, history, beliefs, and material culture of ancient Mediterranean civilizations from Babylon to Rome.

  • 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.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Learn from faculty from all over the world at UBC's beautiful Vancouver campus. UBC’s superb library collections put fascinating research opportunities at your fingertips. You can visit and even conduct research on the collection of Classical and Near Eastern artefacts at the Museum of Anthropology. The department also has a modern computer lab available for students interested in conducting research in digital humanities.

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Your future

Graduates emerge with training in a wide variety of skill sets in demand by today’s employers – from critical thinking and communication to cutting-edge digital technologies for recording and analyzing ancient sites and objects. In the 2014 alumni survey, 81% of CNERS alumni said their degree contributed to their career development. Graduates include lawyers, teachers, business analysts, archivists, communications professionals, and academics.

Program graduates

  • Legal counsel, VanCity Credit Union
  • Asset management supervisor, Financial Conduct Authority (UK)
  • Grant writer and development consultant, Grant Writer Etc.
  • Curator, Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Associate academic advisor, University of British Columbia
  • Assistant professor, Princeton University
  • Executive director, Vancouver International Dance Festival
  • Senior policy consultant, Ontario Ministry of Health

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Second Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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