Your degree in Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies (AMNE), you’ll develop important skills while learning about the culture, history and mythology of the ancient Greek and Roman world. You'll consider world religions in a comparative context, and investigate the history and material culture of the ancient Near East and ancient Egypt.

These skills may include:

  • Critical thinking and analysis of concepts related to ancient cultures and their modern influences
  • Applying problem solving to the examination of languages, literature, archaeology, religion, poetry, law, and philosophy
  • Expressing and analysing ideas through strategic oral and written communication
  • Familiarity with ancient languages used to understand and interpret the past and present
  • Researching and collecting data applied to the exploration of ancient and modern-day religious texts
  • Interpreting primary and secondary sources based on available evidence
  • Applying advanced archaeological and epigraphical methods developed through lab and field school experiences

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary across a range of fields including business, law, archaeology, finance, media, communications, non-profit organizations, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Archaeological technician
  • Archivist
  • Art dealer
  • Biographer
  • Charitable organization director
  • Collections manager
  • Communications specialist
  • Cultural anthropologist
  • Curator
  • Customs broker
  • Diplomat
  • Documentarian/Filmmaker
  • Economic development officer
  • Editor
  • Event planner
  • Foreign service officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Genealogist
  • Heritage interpreter
  • Historian
  • Human resources specialist
  • Immigration officer
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Language school instructor
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Literary agent
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing specialist
  • Media/Information consultant
  • Museum administrator
  • Museum educator
  • Records technician
  • Research assistant
  • Restoration technician
  • Student services advisor
  • Public affairs officer
  • Public policy analyst
  • Publishing manager
  • Teacher or professor
  • Tourism industry consultant
  • Trade officer
  • Translator
  • Writer

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths. 

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