Hons. Bachelor of Arts in Classics

General

Program Description

As a student of Classics, you will be introduced to the peoples of Ancient Greece and Rome, to their societies and to the historical events of which they were apart. You’ll have the chance to explore the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean world, which flourished from around 2500 BC to 500 AD, whose enormous impact on the development of the Western tradition continues to be felt today.

Students in the Department of Classics explore three major areas of inquiry – art and archaeology, ancient history and social life, and language and literature (beginner’s courses are offered in both ancient Greek and Latin).

Students interested in archaeology should investigate the interdisciplinary Minor in Archaeology jointly offered by the Department of Classics, the School of Geography and Geology, and the Department of Anthropology. Students study a broad range of arts and sciences relevant to the practice of archaeology and can gain practical experience at archaeological digs.

To be considered for admission to a program Classics in Level II, students must include 3 units of Classics, Greek or Latin in their Level I program.

Students in a Classics Program may choose courses from the following subfields:

  • Ancient History and Society.
  • Ancient Philosophy.
  • Classical Archaeology and Art History.
  • Classical Literature in Translation.
  • Greek Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.

With the approval of the Department of Classics and the Associate Dean of Humanities (Studies), students who have completed 60 units of work in an Honours Program in Classics may replace all or part of their Level III work by courses of study at a university or equivalent institution abroad. Consult the Department for further details. Students may receive up to six units of credit for archaeological fieldwork at an approved Classical site. Consult the department for further details.

Students intending to do graduate work in the field of Classics should note that most universities offering such programs require undergraduate work in Greek and Latin for admission. These students are strongly encouraged to include Greek and Latin courses as early as possible in their program. Students intending to do graduate work in the field of Classics are strongly encouraged to include a thesis course (CLASSICS 4T06) in the final level of their program.

Colosseum

Careers for majors in Classics

Cultural Heritage administration

Museum curator

Digital communications and Web design for Virtual Reality reconstructions of ancient world

International relations consultant

Researcher for Tech companies

Researcher for NGOs

Winery owner

Publishing

Librarian/Archivist

Political Advisor

Teacher (with combined Honours degree)

University administration

Medical doctor: highest rate of success in US medical and law schools are Classics grads (Princeton review)

Other information

Students may receive academic credit while studying the department of Classics for archaeological field work at an approved Classical site. A McMaster research team is currently studying ancient Greek settlements in Metaponto Italy.

Last updated Jan 2020

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