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Classics at Queen's University


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Undergraduate Chair: G. Bevan
Graduate Coordinator: F. Colivicchi

Classics refers to the study of the Greek and Roman worlds. Multi-disciplinary in approach, it involves the studies of history, literature, archaeology, religion, mythology, drama and philosophy, in addition to the ancient languages of Greek and Latin. Today our understanding of Greek and Roman culture is further enhanced by the latest digital techniques that increasingly pervade studies in archaeology, epigraphy, papyrology, and ancient science and medicine. At Queen’s, students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the latest techniques, such as participating in one of two archaeological excavations supervised by our own faculty. It can be said that studying Classics can lead to a wider appreciation of human values and achievements, and a more objective understanding of ourselves and our times. Our undergraduates have gone on to a variety of occupations and have been accepted in graduate programs nationally and internationally.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Specialization in Classics
A language-intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline while still allowing students to choose from a variety of classical studies courses.

Please note that all  GREK and LATN Plans are currently under academic review. No new students will be admitted to these Plans in the 2015-16 academic year. Please see the 2014-15 Arts and Science Calendar for details of these Plans.

Major in Classical Studies or Greek or Latin
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in Classical Studies or Greek or Latin
A dual course of study in Classics or Greek or Latin and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Classical Studies or Greek or Latin
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts - BA

General in Classical Studies or Greek or Latin
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

Full list of Undergraduate Degree Plans at Queen's University

Graduate Degree Options

Classics - MA

First Year Courses

To pursue a Plan in Classical Studies, in first year you should take:
  • One of CLST 100/6.0 or (CLST 102/3.0 and CLST 103/3.0) or CLST 129/6.0 
Additionally, it is recommended you take (especially if you intend to pursue a Major or Medial):
  • LATN 110/6.0 or GREK 112/6.0 (If you hold 4U Latin or Greek (or equivalent), you may be able to start at the second year level in the language)
To pursue a Plan in Latin, in first year you should take:
  • LATN 110/6.0 (If you hold 4U Latin (or equivalent), you may be able to start at the second year level in the language)
To pursue a Plan in Greek, in first year you should take:
  • GREK 112/6.0 (If you hold 4U Greek (or equivalent), you may be able to start at the second year level in the language)

What it takes to study Classics in your second year >

  1. Although it is possible for students to obtain a Classical Studies degree without taking Latin or Greek, the Department highly recommends that Classics students study at least one of the Classical languages.
  2. If students wish to focus on only one of the ancient languages, Greek (GREK) and Latin (LATN) plans are also available.

Click here for the complete list of Courses in Arts and Science

Study Abroad with Classics

International opportunities are available (excavations, language schools, and studies in both Greece and Italy), some of which can be found posted on our Classics Department bulletin board just outside the elevator on the 5th floor of Watson Hall. The Department offers two of its own archaeological excavations, one in Jordan (CLST 408 - Archaeological Fieldwork Practicum I) and one in Italy (CLST 409 - Archaeological Fieldwork Practicum II).  During the summer, the Bader International Study Centre offers a Field School in British Archaeology.  This intensive five-week program incorporates two for-credit courses on Roman Britain and Medieval Britain with the practical learning experience of excavation.

For other dig and study opportunities, check out the Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin (AFOB) and Archaeological Projects in the Near East and Egypt.   You should also check out information at the International Programs Office (IPO) located in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, or by dropping by the Department and speaking with our Undergraduate Chair.

Job and Career Opportunities for Classics Grads

Many of our Classics courses provide an excellent foundation for, or complement studies in, other subject areas. Our under‐graduates have gone on to a variety of occupations and have been accepted in graduate programs nationally and internationally.

Some of our Classics grads work in the following professions:

  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts Administration
  • Broadcasting
  • Copyright
  • Law
  • Cultural Studies
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Editing
  • Education (including ESL)
  • Entertainment
  • History Interpretation
  • Journalism
  • Labour / Industrial Relations
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Religion and Theology
  • Theatre Performance
  • Tourism & Travel
  • Translation

Career paths for Classics grad handout from Career Services >

Classics Electives for Non-Classics Students

CLST 100/6.0 Introduction to Classical Literature
Ancient Greek and Roman literature in translation: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Greek drama; Vergil’s Aeneid and selections from other Latin authors. Reference to ancient customs, history, mythology, thought.

CLST 102/3.0 Introduction to Greek Civilization
An introduction to major themes in the development of Greek civilization using the evidence of literature, history and archaeology. Some attention will be given to those aspects of ancient cultural and intellectual growth that are of significance in the western tradition.

CLST 129/6.0 Introduction to Archaeology
Development of the discipline, methods of discovering and recovering materials through excavation, evaluation of such materials and reconstruction of original environments. Historic and prehistoric sites; contribution of archaeology to the knowledge of the past.

Graduate Studies in Classics

Graduate students studying Classics at Queen's become part of our legacy of being one of the first departments in the University's long and rich history; Classics at Queen's has been in existence since 1842. We invite you to share in our tradition of over 170 continuous years of instruction in Greek and Latin, and to deepen your passion for the ancient world. Because our graduate program is small, we are able to provide our students with individual attention and support. As a result, our students consistently win both internal and external awards and fellowships. Our faculty members have expertise in Greek and Roman archaeology, history, language and literature, so your research opportunities are vast and varied. You will also have opportunities to get hands-on archaeological experience by taking part in faculty-supervised digs around the Mediterranean world. More information about Graduate Studies in Classics can be found in the School of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, or by contacting our Graduate Coordinator.

Alumni Profile

“I am currently teaching Latin and social sciences at Havergal College (an independent high school) in Toronto. I received a teaching award from the Ontario College of Teachers two years ago (Joseph W. Atkinson Award). I cannot describe how invaluable my education at Queen’s has been as I prepare the next generation of classicists (and Classics aficionados). I confidently work with and teach a wide variety of Latin and Greek texts, and incorporate archaeology alongside the textual evidence whenever possible. I am deeply grateful for the amazing education I received at Queen’s.”
Chris Carswell (BAH ‘07, MA ‘09)

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