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 with third-year status who are seeking admission to the Honours program should contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Odessa Cadieux-Rey (cners.advising@ubc.ca). Normally students may only be admitted at the end of Year 3.

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 in the Department’s course codes (ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG). All Honours require:

  • 12 credits in any of the Department’s course codes at the 100- and 200-level.
  • 15 credits in any of the Department’s course codes at the 300- and 400-level.
  • 6 credits of CNRS 499, the Honours essay.
  • 27 credits at the 300- and 400-level in courses specific to the chosen stream.

Students intending to pursue graduate work in their fields are strongly encouraged to begin studying ancient languages at the earliest opportunity even if the Major does not require it. Students interested in archaeology are strongly encouraged to include a field school as part of their program (e.g. a course such as or CNRS 335).

Streams

Students choose one of 5 streams for a CNRS Honours. Each stream involves the completion of 27 upper-level credit requirements specific to that stream and CNRS 499 (6 credits). The additional 27 credits (15 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.

  • 27 credits at the 300- or 400-level in CLST courses. Of these, at least 3 credits selected from CLST 401, 402, 403 or 404.
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449.
  • 12 credits at the 100- or 200-level in any of the department’s course codes.
  • 15 credits at the 300- or 400-level in any of the department’s course codes. May include PHIL 310 and/or PHIL 311.

Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology

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

  • 27 credits at the 300- or 400-level in NEST courses. May include up to 6 credits of RELG 304, 305, or 306. Of these, at least 3 credits selected from NEST 400, 401, 402, or CNRS 410.
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449.
  • 12 credits at the 100- or 200-level in any of the department’s course codes.
  • 15 credits at the 300- or 400-level in any of the department’s course codes. May include up to 6 credits of ARCL.

Religious Studies

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

  • 27 credits at the 300- or 400-level in RELG courses. Of these, at least 3 credits of RELG 475.
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449.
  • 12 credits at the 100- or 200-level in any of the department’s course codes.
  • 15 credits at the 300- or 400-level in any of the department’s course codes. 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.

Classics

The study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

  • 27 credits at the 300- or 400-level in GREK and/or LATN.
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449.
  • 12 credits at the 100- or 200-level in any of the department’s course codes.
  • 15 credits at the 300- or 400-level in any of the department’s course codes.

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.

  • 27 credits in CLST or NEST, which must include CLST 331, CLST 332, NEST 304, and NEST 319. Of these, at least 3 credits chosen from CLST 401, CLST 403, NEST 400, NEST 402, or CNRS 410. May include ANTH 305 with prior written approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.
  • 6 credits of CNRS 449.
  • 12 credits at the 100- or 200-level in any of the department’s course codes.
  • 15 credits at the 300- or 400-level in any of the department’s course codes.

Students wishing to request a substitution to any of the above requirements should contact the Undergraduate Advisor. Substitutions are made on a case-by-case basis and typically no more than 6 credits will be approved for substitution.