BA in Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies

1. Welcome

If you’re familiar with an earlier version of our degree program, read on to §3 below for details about our updated program in 2022, including course code changes and revised program requirements.

The BA Major, Minor, and Honours in Ancient Mediterranean & Near Eastern Studies offers students the opportunity to tailor their own program on based on their own unique interests and goals. Interested in literature? With a BA specialization in AMNE you can study texts from Ancient Greek, Roman, biblical, and Near Eastern (Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and more) contexts at once, increasing both the breadth and depth of your knowledge of textual and literary analysis. Or, if you’re more interested in material culture and have your sights on a career in archaeology, you can take a range of courses in the art and architecture of the entire ancient Mediterranean world. Perhaps your interests cover language, art, history, philosophy, and religion: you have the opportunity to design a program that combines all of these and more.

Explore our specific program structures here, or read on below to learn more about learning outcomes, including skills and career directions specific to AMNE.

2. Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete our program will be:

A. Knowledgeable about the diverse peoples, cultures, literatures, societies, and religions in the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East

B. Prepared to pursue graduate degrees in a range of fields (including Law, Classics, History, Education, Archaeology, Museum Studies, and Religious Studies) or to enter careers that privilege analysis from multiple perspectives (e.g., consulting, policy analysis, business analytics, program development, project management, politics, public relations, journalism, marketing, human resources, investigation, entrepreneurship) able to:

  1. Appreciate, combine, and synthesize different perspectives and forms of data (literary, epigraphic, visual, archaeological) to reach nuanced conclusions about historical and social problems
  2. Explain how literature, sacred texts, images, objects, and architecture can shape society and its ideals
  3. Recognize gaps in evidence, apply various models/approaches to fitting fragmentary evidence together, and extrapolate from incomplete datasets
  4. Articulate the value and limitations of different methods and perspectives (literary, historical, archaeological) to create new knowledge and understanding from ancient materials
  5. Recognize and better define problems by posing questions shaped by this multiplicity of approaches, and then creatively solve those problems by applying appropriately chosen analytical tools

C. Skilled intercultural communicators who build on their language training and experience working across diverse but intertwined traditions, able to:

  1. Recognize the ways that contexts can weight communicative media with changing meanings, enabling intercultural dialogue
  2. Compose, write, and speak persuasive analysis in forms accessible to a variety of audiences
  3. Articulate and evaluate the continued relevance of the ancient world to modernity
  4. Recognize and challenge how ancient material has been continuously re-appropriated and re-deployed in post-ancient contexts for a range of political, social, and artistic ends

In addition to the program-level learning outcomes, student and alumni stakeholders repeatedly noted a desire to develop stronger community among students in the department, which they saw as being hampered by the separate streams. This contributed to the decision to create a single, interdisciplinary BA structure.

3. Program Changes in 2022

In 2022, the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies changed its name to Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies. With the change of name, we have also changed the name of our BA programs and converted all course codes in CLST, CNRS, NEST, RELG to a new code, AMNE. The requirements of the current BA in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies have been temporarily adjusted to reflect the change of course codes.

See a table of course code changes

See the new program requirements 

Pending approval by UBC Senate and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, we will be launching updated Major, Minor and Honours programs in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Whether you choose to complete one of these specializations with us or just want to take some electives, you will find the same depth and breadth of coursework under the new AMNE identity but with a greater emphasis placed on drawing connections between the full range of our coursework in archaeology, history, languages, literatures, and religions of ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Greece and Rome.

Whereas the BA Major and Honours in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies required students to choose a stream of specialization (Classical Studies, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Classics, Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology, or Religious Studies), the BA Major, Minor, and Honours in Ancient Mediterranean Studies gives students the opportunity to tailor their own program on based on their own unique interests and goals. (Read more in the preceding section).