Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies

Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies offers a major, honours and minor.  Within the major and honours program, student choose one of five streams:

  • Classical Studies – The study of archaeology, history, and/or literature of the Greek and Roman worlds.
  • Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology – The study of the archaeology, history, and languages of Egypt and the Near East.
  • Religious Studies – The study of the texts and traditions of the Ancient Near East, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  • Classics – The study of Greek and Latin language and literature.
  • 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.

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Admission to the honours program requires an application. The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have third-year standing. If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the department.


Daniel Munro & Jenna Omassi: Transforming Knowledge

Arts Undergraduate Society executives Daniel Munro, Vice-President Academic, and Jenna Omassi, Conference Coordinator, believe that there is real value in undergraduate Arts research. Recognizing that there are limited opportunities for students to showcase their academic work at UBC, Daniel and Jenna successfully created the inaugural Arts Undergraduate Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, hosted in January 2014.

Kris Rhude: Skiing to Success

Recognized by UBC President Stephen Toope as the Top Academic Varsity Athlete at UBC in 2013, third-year Arts student Kris Rhude juggles his double major in Near Eastern Studies and Religious Studies with his commitment as a varsity athlete on UBC’s Nordic ski team.

Dr. Dietmar Neufeld: Exploring Religion

Professor Dietmar Neufeld believes that an effective teacher is someone who can perform the story. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was performance.” So goes one of Professor Dietmar Neufeld’s mantras, which is also a tool he uses for unearthing the origins of Christianity.


Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
Buchanan C227, 1866 Main Mall