Major

Gain knowledge about the people, cultures, literature, religion and societies in the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East.

With a major in Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, you will become a skilled intercultural communicator and critical thinker with multiple career avenues to choose from. You can continue your studies through the pursuit of graduate degrees in a range of fields, or enter careers that privilege analysis from multiple perspectives.

Program requirements

As a major in Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, you are required to complete 42 credits, at least 30 of which must be at the 300- or 400-level, and 6 credits must be at the 400-level. Courses must also include AMNE 200 and AMNE 300. In addition, students must take a 3-credit language course, as a part of their 42 credits.


Students who declared a major in CNERS

The program requirements changed with the departmental name change from Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CNERS) to Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies. However, only students who declared a major or honours in CNERS in 2021W or earlier are required to choose a stream. Therefore, the streams are not part of the program for 2022W and later students.

CNERS major program streams requirements

The study of the archaeology, history, and literature of the Greek and Roman worlds.

Upper-level requirements:

  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level CLST courses or any of AMNE 306, 316-20, 323-27, 332-33, 345-48, 355-56, 376-77, or an approved 400-level AMNE seminar (see department website).
  • 3 credits selected from CLST 401, 402, 403, 404 or an approved 400-level AMNE seminar (see department website).
  • 12 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of AMNE, ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG, PHIL 310, PHIL 311

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

Upper-level requirements:

  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of NEST or AMNE 311-12, 314, 351, 371-72, 382, 391-94, 471, or an approved 400-level AMNE seminar (see department website) and up to 6 credits of HEBR
  • 3 credits selected from NEST 400, 401, 402, CNRS 410 or an approved 400-level AMNE seminar (see department website)
  • 12 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of AMNE, ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG and up to 6 credits of ARCL

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

Upper-level requirements:

  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level RELG, any of AMNE 331, 341, 361, 363, 366-67, 373, 383, 461-64 or an approved 400-level AMNE seminar (see department website)
  • 3 credits of RELG 475, AMNE 461, 462 or an approved 400-level AMNE seminar (see department website)
  • 12 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of AMNE, ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG and may include, with prior written approval from the AMNE Undergraduate Advisor, courses in Asian Studies (ASIA) that deal primarily with religion.

The study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

Upper-level requirements:

  • 18 credits in GREK and/or LATN
  • 12 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of AMNE, ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG

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.

Upper-level requirements:

  • 12 credits of CLST 331 or AMNE 376 and CLST 332 or AMNE 377 (or CLST 330) NEST 304 or AMNE 371 and NEST 319 or AMNE 372
  • 3 credits from CLST 401 or AMNE 420, CLST 403 or AMNE 470, NEST 400, NEST 402 or AMNE 471, CNRS 410 or AMNE 472
  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in any of AMNE, ARBC, CLST, CNRS, GREK, HEBR, LATN, NEST, RELG, and may include up to 6 credits ARCL

CNERS course codes changes

With the change of name from Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies to Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern studies, the department has unified all courses–CLST, CNRS, NEST and RELG–under a single course code, AMNE.

The above program reflects the existing BA major in Classical, Near Eastern Studies with a new name and the new AMNE codes alongside the previously-required CLST, CNRS, NEST and RELG codes.

For example, the courses in bolded text below represent all the AMNE courses that were previously coded as CLST:

  • 15 credits of 300- and 400-level CLST = AMNE 306, 316-20, 323-27, 332-33, 345-48, 355-56, 376-77, or an approved 400-level AMNE seminar

This ‘translation’ of codes from the old to the new allows students midway through their programs in CNERS (now AMNE) to continue completing the program requirements using the new AMNE codes. The program above is not designed for students declaring a specialization in AMNE in 2022W onward.

This ‘translation’ of codes from the old to the new allows students midway through their programs in CNERS (now AMNE) to continue completing the program requirements using the new AMNE codes. The program above is not designed for students declaring a specialization in AMNE in 2022W.

Advising

Advising is available to assist students who have been working towards the CNERS major with planning their program around the updated requirements. Above all, we want to ensure that the requirements change does not disrupt student progress towards their scheduled degree completion date.

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