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University of Calgary Calendar 2017-2018 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.13 Classics and Religion
4.13 Classics and Religion
Overview of Programs and Procedures
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Degrees in Ancient and Medieval History

BA in Ancient and Medieval History

BA in Ancient and Medieval History with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Ancient and Medieval History

BA Honours in Ancient and Medieval History with Co-operative Education

Degrees in Greek and Roman Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Greek and Roman Studies

BA in Greek and Roman Studies with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Greek and Roman Studies

BA Honours in Greek and Roman Studies with Co-operative Education

Degrees in Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religious Studies

BA in Religious Studies with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Religious Studies

BA Honours in Religious Studies with Co-operative Education

Related Interdisciplinary Degrees (See separate listings)

BA in Religious Studies and Applied Ethics*

*Applications to this program are currently suspended. No new admissions will be permitted.

Notes:

  • Minors are offered in Greek and Roman Studies, Greek, Latin, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies.
  • Concentrations are available in Philosophy and Religion, and South Asian Studies. 
Introduction

The Department of Classics and Religion offers instruction in Ancient and Medieval History, Greek and Roman Studies, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies.

Ancient and Medieval History: The BA and BA Honours programs in Ancient and Medieval History are offered by the Department of Classics and Religion. There is no Minor program in Ancient and Medieval History. Students considering this Major should consult the Classics and Religion Advisor or Program Director.

The Ancient and Medieval History program examines pre-modern societies around the globe, from those of the Greeks and Romans of antiquity to the European Middle Ages, from the civilizations of the ancient Near East to those of southern and eastern Asia, Africa, and the Americas. To study Ancient and Medieval History is to discover cultures that, while they are unlike our own in many respects, have nevertheless provided the political, social, religious and intellectual foundations of the modern world.

Greek and Roman Studies: Greek and Latin language and literature, in Greek, Roman, and late antique history and archaeology, and in the more general area of ancient Mediterranean civilizations.

Both Greek and Latin may be started at the university. The relevant courses are Greek 201 and Greek 203, and Latin 201 and Latin 203. Advanced placement to Greek 301 or Latin 301 may be granted at the discretion of the Department to those students who have Greek 30, Latin 30 or an equivalent background.

Students majoring in the Department are encouraged to choose a related Minor Field. Related disciplines include: Anthropology, Art, English, French, German, History, Italian, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology and Spanish. There are also related interdisciplinary minor programs such as Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies.

The Greek and Roman Studies program explores the ancient Mediterranean world through its languages (principally ancient Greek and Latin), history, literature, religion, mythology, art and architecture. Students are introduced to methods of textual analysis as well as the careful examination of material remains. Since the traditions of ancient Greece and Rome are foundational to modern western culture, their study is invaluable not only for their own sake, but also because of their continued relevance today.

Religious Studies: Religious Studies seeks to foster an understanding of the wide variety of religions that have influenced the development of human cultures and that continue to be powerful forces in today's world. Courses examine religious worldviews and their associated texts and practices, movements and institutions, as they appear now and as they have developed over time in many cultures of the world. The Field of Religious Studies is multicultural, i.e., religions from all over the world are the subject of study, including the ancient traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as religious movements of more recent origin. Religious Studies is also multidisciplinary, which means that religion is studied with the use of methods and theories from various disciplines, including history, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, psychology, literary theory, and feminist theory.

Courses in the Field of Religious Studies are divided into three streams: Western Religions, Eastern Religions, and the Nature of Religion. Students are required to take courses in each of the three streams. A student may define a focus of study within a stream or thematically across streams. Students are encouraged to consult with the Department's Undergraduate Advisor regularly throughout their Undergraduate careers.

Students are strongly advised to include in their programs relevant language courses (e.g., Classical Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, French, German) and relevant courses from other disciplines.

Contact Information

Department Office: Social Sciences 558

Phone: 403.220.5886

Fax: 403.210.9191

Email: clare@ucalgary.ca

Website: clare.ucalgary.ca

For Program Advice

Students should consult a program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements. Advising contact information can be found online: arts.ucalgary.ca/advising.

For more specific advice regarding course selection and requirements in the major field, students should consult the Undergraduate Program Director located in the Department of Classics and Religion (consult Department website for contact information).

Admission to the Major

Prospective students wishing to enter the BA (Ancient and Medieval History), BA (Greek and Roman Studies) or BA (Religious Studies) Program must meet the criteria listed in section A.2 Undergraduate Admission of this Calendar.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to Honours established in section 3.4.2 Honours Degrees with a Major Field are applicable and provide the overall framework. The application deadline is February 1.

Overlapping Programs

Programs in Greek and Roman Studies cannot be taken in conjunction with Ancient and Medieval History. This restriction applies to Double Majors, Combined Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees and also to most Major-plus-Minor combinations.

Minors in Greek or Latin may be taken in conjunction with degrees in Ancient and Medieval History.

Minors in Greek or Latin can only be taken in conjunction with the program in Linguistics and Language if the Language Option for that program differs from the language of the Minor.

Programs in Religious Studies cannot be taken in conjunction with programs in Religious Studies and Applied Ethics. This restriction applies to Major-plus-Minor combinations, Double Majors, Combined Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees.

Field of Ancient and Medieval History

The Field of Ancient and Medieval History consists of the following courses:

Field of Greek and Roman Studies

The Field of Greek and Roman Studies consists of all courses labelled Greek and Roman Studies (GRST), Greek (GREK), and Latin (LATI).

Field of Religious Studies

The Field of Religious Studies consists of all courses labelled Religious Studies (RELS), Philosophy (PHIL) 331, 335, and 527, and Greek and Roman Studies (GRST) 499. Courses in the Field of Religious Studies are divided into Eastern, Western and Nature of Religion streams as indicated in the table under Religious Studies courses of instruction.

Religious Studies 373, 399, 491 and 595 will be designated as Western, Eastern or Nature of Religion depending on the topic covered. Religious Studies 377, 577 and 590 are not counted in any of the three streams.

Field of South Asian Studies

The Field of South Asian Studies consists of the following courses:

Notes:

  • When the content is applicable and with permission of the Program Co-ordinator, Archaeology 325; History 205, 301, 307, 488; Political Science 359 and Religious Studies 491 may be used as courses with a focus on South Asia.
  • Courses taken on a term abroad program may also be approved. Both individual-study and field-school programs in South Asia are potentially eligible.