Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

From the pyramids to the Colosseum, from the Olympic Games to Mecca, our department offers a unique opportunity to link past, present, and future by exploring the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. Our remarkably diverse faculty includes world experts who both teach and research every aspect of the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome, including their influence on modern religion, literature, and art. Adjunct faculty in Philosophy and at the Vancouver School of Theology add to the diversity of our research interests, while members of our faculty are cross-appointed with History, Philosophy, and the Institute for Social Justice.

Our programs are student-centered and responsive to individual interests, designed to develop relevant skill sets to prepare our students for future employment and study. By linking with other departments around the university we also connect you to a range of subjects and faculty while providing a welcoming and supportive home for your time at UBC.

We invite you to discover the beliefs that still shape our world; to learn the languages of the pharaohs, Nebuchadnezzar, the Caesars, the Bible, and Plato; to think about what makes cities and societies; to dig for the stories written in stones and on papyrus. Whether you’re interested in languages or archaeology, religion or poetry, law or philosophy, we invite you to join us in our exploration of the roots of Western culture.

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Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

1866 Main Mall

Buchanan C227
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1, Canada

Phone (604) 822-2515

Fax (604) 822-9431

Office Hours – 8:30am-4:30pm


The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies acknowledges the hospitality of the Musqueam people, on whose ancestral and unceded territory UBC is located.