Honours in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

Admission into the honours program requires an overall average of 76%, an average of at least 80% in program-related courses already taken, and the permission of the department. Students are expected to maintain an 80% average in the program. An Honours in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies requires the completion of 60 credits, at least 48 of which must be at the 300 or 400 level. As part of the completion of these 48 credits, students must choose one of five available streams, each of which requires the completion of at least 27 credits in a certain course code. Remaining credits may come from any CNERS department offerings; this will normally include the completion of a six-credit honours essay (CNRS 499).


Classical Studies

The study of archaeology, history, and/or literature of the Greek and Roman worlds.
At least 27 credits in CLST, including at least 3 credits selected from CLST 401–404. Remaining credits may include PHIL 310 and 311.

Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology

The study of the archaeology, history, and languages of Egypt and the Near East.
At least 27 credits in NEST (this may include up to 6 credits in courses selected from RELG 304–306, and 6 credits in HEBR courses), including at least 3 credits selected from NEST 400–402 or CNRS 410.

Religious Studies

The study of the texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
At least 27 credits in RELG, including at least 3 credits of RELG 475. Remaining credits may include courses selected from department offerings or from courses in Asian Studies that deal primarily with religion (ASIA). Courses in Asian Studies require prior written approval from the undergraduate advisor.


The study of Greek and Latin language and literature.
At least 27 credits in either 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 27 credits in CLST or NEST, including CLST 330 (CLST 331 and 332 may be substituted for 330), NEST 302, 319 and at least 3 credits chosen from CLST 401, CLST 403, NEST 400, NEST 402, or CNRS 410. Remaining credits may include ANTH 305.
Important: Students intending to pursue graduate work in these fields are strongly encouraged to begin studying ancient languages at the earliest opportunity, and to consult with an advisor. Students interested in archaeology are strongly encouraged to include a field school as part of their program (e.g. a course such as ANTH 306 or CNRS 335).