Classical Studies

What is Classical Studies

Classical Studies embraces the study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations (i.e., their languages, literature, history and archaeology). The Department is committed to offering a program that gives students a broad overview of the field, at the same time providing them with the basic skills necessary for further study.

The Ancient Greek and Latin languages are central to the discipline. Study of these languages allows students to engage in and understand the literature and material remains from the ancient world. At the same time, familiarity with these languages assists students in understanding the vocabulary and grammar of many modern languages, including French and English.

Classical history and archaeology are challenging in an exciting way, because documentary evidence is much more fragmentary than for most other periods of history. Therefore, students learn to work with a wide variety of documents: literary texts (including poetry), architectural remains, inscriptions, coins, etc.

N.B. On July 1, 2015, the Department of Classical Studies was renamed the Department of Ancient Studies.

Admission Requirements

• Ontario Secondary Schools
• 1 grade 12 4U English
• 5 other grade 12 4U/M courses
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Program Options Include

• 3-year BA (single or combined concentration)
• 4-year BA (single or combined specialization)
• Certificate in Classical Studies
• Qualifying Year in Classical Studies

Program Options


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