Why study with CNERS?


Our remarkably diverse faculty engages in a wide range of scholarly questions and approaches. Recognized as experts in their fields, our faculty 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. Students also have access to excellent research facilities and reference libraries run by the university and the Department.




The integration of our three fields of study (Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies) breaks down barriers between fields and disciplines, making it unique. Our faculty are cross-appointed in Women’s Studies, Philosophy, and History, offering students insight into the broader context of their field of study.



Our programs are student-centered and tailored to fit individual interests. Thesis-based master’s degrees and a diversity of courses give students the chance to develop the necessary skills for success at the doctoral level or to support them as they establish careers beyond academia. The interdisciplinary MA in Ancient Culture Religion and Ethnicity in particular allows students to build their own research programs pertaining to the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.



We offer one of the few Arts degrees that trains students in ancient primary languages, such as Latin, Ancient Greek, Middle Egyptian, Hebrew and Classical Arabic. Studying an ancient language impacts your perception of human communication and your own language, enriching your educational experience and opening the door to ancient cultures.



The nature of our blended department makes for a diverse, international cohort of students. Our small upper-year class size lets students develop a strong rapport with faculty as well. The magnificent graduate reading room and reference library foster student interaction and cohesion while supporting our students as they develop their own research interests.



UBC students, faculty and staff get to call Vancouver their home. This coastal, multicultural Canadian city played host to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is ranked the world’s third-most livable city for its quality of education, health care, environment, political and social stability, low crime rates and infrastructure. At UBC, we support a positive work environment that promotes balance between home and work responsibilities.



Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies students are given many opportunities outside of the classroom to study culture and society of the ancient world. Undergraduate and graduate students have access to the archaeology lab in the world-class Museum of Anthropology while archaeology students can get involved in a number of exciting field projects in the Middle East and Mediterranean run by CNERS faculty. Graduate students are actively encouraged to attend conferences and take advantage of the ample fieldwork opportunities our Department has to offer and can apply for funding to help with costs.



Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies students receive training in a wide variety of skillsets in demand by today’s employers–from critical thinking and communication to cutting edge digital technologies for recording and analyzing ancient sites and objects.  Our graduates work as lawyers, teachers, financial analysts, journalists, and academics, and include a Vice Chairman at Royal Bank Canada.