We offer a unique opportunity to explore the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. Our remarkably diverse faculty includes world experts who both teach, and conduct path-breaking research on, the archaeology, history, languages, literatures, and religions of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome, including Judaism, Christianity, and early Islam. Our programs, which can be individually tailored to fit specific interests, foster interdisciplinary study, at the same time developing the relevant skill sets to prepare our students for future study and employment.
Every program is unique and students have the option to design a perfect curriculum for them. Our strengths include rigorous training in the primary languages, Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Middle Egyptian, and Classical Arabic; broad coverage of the mythic systems of ancient civilizations; in-depth study of the dramatic, historical, legal, literary and religious texts produced by those civilizations; advanced training in practical methods of archaeology and epigraphy; and exploration of the traditions and receptions of antiquity by later eras.
From the pyramids to the Colosseum, from the Olympic Games to Mecca, our department offers a unique opportunity to link past, present, and future by exploring the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. Our remarkably diverse faculty includes world experts who both teach and research every aspect of the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome, including their influence on modern religion, literature, and art. Adjunct faculty in Philosophy and at the Vancouver School of Theology add to the diversity of our research interests, while members of our faculty are cross-appointed with History, Philosophy, and the Institute for Social Justice.
Our programs are student-centered and responsive to individual interests, designed to develop relevant skill sets to prepare our students for future employment and study. By linking with other departments around the university we also connect you to a range of subjects and faculty while providing a welcoming and supportive home for your time at UBC.
The M.A. in Classics is a two-year degree that allows students to gain the necessary proficiency in Greek and Latin to proceed to a Ph.D. It is designed to provide core skills in philology, and to be flexible enough to allow for specialization in Ancient History, Literature, or Philosophy.