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).

The below information is current as of the 2018/19 academic year. Please see the UBC Calendar for the most up-to-date degree requirements.

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.

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.

  • 18 credits at the 300- or 400-level in CLST courses. Of these, at least 3 credits selected from CLST 401, 402, 403 or 404.
  • 12 credits at the 100- and 200-level in any of the department’s course codes.
  • 12 credits at the 300- and 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.

  • 18 credits at the 300- or 400-level in NEST courses. Of these, at least 3 credits selected from NEST 400, 401, 402, or CNRS 410.
  • 12 credits at the 100- and 200-level in any of the department’s course codes.
  • 12 credits at the 300- and 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.

  • 18 credits at the 300- or 400-level in RELG courses. Of these, at least 3 credits of RELG 475.
  • 12 credits at the 100- and 200-level in any of the department’s course codes.
  • 12 credits at the 300- and 400-level in any of the department’s course codes. May include 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.

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

  • 18 credits at the 300- and 400-level in CLST or NEST, which must include CLST 331, CLST 332, NEST 304, NEST 319 and at least 3 credits chosen from CLST 401, CLST 403, NEST 400, NEST 402, or CNRS 410.
  • 12 credits at the 100- and 200-level in any of the department’s course codes.
  • 12 credits at the 300- and 400-level in any of the department’s course codes. May include up to 6 credits of ARCL.

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.