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
  • 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.

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.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

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

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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