Your degree in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

While studying Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies (CNERS), you’ll develop important skills while learning about the culture, history and mythology of the ancient Greek and Roman world, exploring world religions in a comparative context, and investigating 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
  • Application of problem solving to the examination of languages, literature, archaeology, religion, poetry, law, and philosophy
  • Expression and analysis of ideas through strategic oral and written communication
  • Familiarity with ancient languages used to understand and interpret the past and present
  • Research and data collection applied to the exploration of ancient and modern day religious texts
  • Interpretation of primary and secondary sources based on available evidence
  • Application of advanced archaeological and epigraphical methods developed through lab and field school experiences

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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


Art dealer


Charitable organization director

Collections manager

Communications specialist

Cultural anthropologist


Customs broker



Economic development officer


Event planner

Foreign service officer



Heritage interpreter


Human resources specialist

Immigration officer



Language school instructor




Literary agent


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


Tourism industry consultant

Trade officer



Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

CNERS Student Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs, and check out the annual Alumni Night in term 2. 

LOGOS undergraduate journal
Read and submit articles on topics relevant to Classical, Near Eastern, or Religious Studies.

UBC Archaeology Day
Check out this opportunity in term 2 to showcase student and faculty research in archaeology.

Departmental events
Network with CNERS students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Funding and awards
Discover scholarship opportunities for CNERS students.

CNERS resources
Dive into topics including classical archeology, languages, literature, and more.

Archaeological field schools
Check out upcoming field school opportunities to gain hands-on experience.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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