Welcome to the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies!

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.


Why study with CNERS?

Courses: listings and descriptions of classes offered by the department

Programs: an overview of majors, minors, and honours degrees, with links to full program descriptions

Awards: scholarships and awards

Advisor: Lyn Rae, lyn.rae@ubc.ca

Student association: for the social side of academia! (Find them on Facebook, and Twitter@CNERSSA, or by email at cners.sa@gmail.com)

Logos: the journal of the undergraduate student association.

Experiential Opportunities: combine study with paid work