In Classical Studies, we explore the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome, and their enormous impact on the world as we know it today. Some might think that these languages and cultures are dead, but the Greeks and Romans were concerned with many issues that remain fascinating and important today - love, death, fate, the individual and society, religion, justice, law and so on. Their works form the basis for much of what we know and understand about the world around us today.
Did you know that enrolment in university-level Latin is up across the country, according to the Classical Association of Canada?
The program will introduce you to the richness of thought and expression of the cultures that have shaped the Western intellectual tradition. You'll study the religion, politics, mythology, art, literature, architecture and philosophy of Greek and Roman society.
Classical Studies is a truly interdisciplinary subject of great breadth. The program allows a broad range of choice of courses in:
- Greek and Roman languages and literature
- art and architecture
Our courses will introduce you to and deepen your understanding of a range of analytical approaches, including literary, linguistic, historical, philosophical and aesthetic approaches to classical culture.
Majoring in Classical Studies is an excellent way to develop critical, analytical and logical reasoning skills. You'll learn how to make rational arguments and express them lucidly. You'll gain a thorough understanding of some of the greatest accomplishments in human thought and art.
Streams within the program include:
- Classics – This stream focuses on the ancient Greek and Latin languages.
- Classical Studies – This stream focuses more on the historical and social/cultural aspects and ancient Greece and Rome.
Our graduates are well prepared for a career in libraries, teaching, law, archaeology and museum work. Many students also go on to graduate studies.
You can join the Classical Studies Students Association – one of the most active associations in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies – to network, learn useful information about courses, professors, jobs, graduate school and all things classical. It has a student office in Vanier College, where you'll find the Judith Rosner-Siegel Reading Room, reserved for students in Classical Studies and Jewish Studies.
Students in this program have been sent on archaeological digs for credit and have even become supervisors at some digs during the summer break.
Sample First-year Schedule
- Elementary Classical Greek
- Elementary Latin
- Classical Studies course
- Social Science general education course
- Natural Science general education course
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- museum curator
- cultural consultant
- legal professional
You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:
- Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
- Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)
In the absence of final grades in courses:
- You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
- Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.
We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.