Major in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

Students who are considering a Major in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, or who have recently declared as a Major, are encouraged to make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor, Odessa Cadieux-Rey (cners.advising@ubc.ca).

A Major in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies requires the completion of 42 credits in the Department’s course codes (ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG). All Majors require:

  • 12 credits in any of the Department’s course codes at the 100- and 200-level.
  • 12 credits in any of the Department’s course codes at the 300- and 400-level.
  • 18 credits at the 300- and 400-level in courses specific to the chosen stream (see below).

Streams

Students choose one of 5 streams for a CNRS Major. Each stream involves the completion of 18 upper-level credit requirements specific to that stream. The additional 24 credits (12 upper-level, 12 lower-level) may be chosen from any of the Department’s course codes.

Classical Studies

The study of the archaeology, history, and/or literature of the Greek and Roman worlds.

  • At least 18 credits at the 300- or 400-level in CLST courses. May include PHIL 310 and/or PHIL 311 .
  • Of these, at least 3 credits selected from CLST 401, 402, 403 or 404.

Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology

The study of the archaeology, history, and languages of Egypt and the Near East.

  • At least 18 credits at the 300- or 400-level in NEST courses. May include up to 6 credits in 300- and 400-level HEBR courses.
  • Of these, at least 3 credits selected from NEST 400, 401, 402, or CNRS 410.

Religious Studies

The study of the texts and traditions of the Ancient Near East, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

  • At least 18 credits at the 300- or 400-level in RELG courses. May include courses selected from other department course codes or from courses in Asian Studies (ASIA) that deal primarily with religion. These require prior written approval from the Undergraduate Advisor.
  • Of these, at least 3 credits of RELG 475.

Classics

The study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

  • At least 18 credits at the 300- or 400-level in GREK and/or LATN.

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.

  • At least 18 credits in CLST or NEST, which must include CLST 331 and 332, NEST 304, and NEST 319. May include ANTH 305.
  • Of these, at least 3 credits chosen from CLST 401, CLST 403, NEST 400, NEST 402, or CNRS 410.