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.

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Watson Hall
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Department Head: 
Dr. R. Drew Griffith
Undergraduate Chair: 
Bernard Kavanagh
Graduate Coordinator: 
Daryn Lehoux

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

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

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

Medial in Classical Studies
A dual program of study in Classical Studies and any other Arts discipline.

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

Please note that all  GREK and LATN Plans are currently under academic review. No new students will be admitted to these Plans in the 2016-17 academic year. Please see the 2014-15 Arts and Science Calendar for details of these Plans.
For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar
Graduate Degree Options

Classics - MA

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 Italy (CLST 409 - Archaeological Fieldwork Practicum II) and one in Macedonia (CLST 412 and CLST 413 - Archaeological Fieldwork Practicum III).  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 arranging an appointment to speak 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 >

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 175 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, science, 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 a Masters of Library and Information Studies student at McGill University. The years that I spent as a student in the Classics Department are ones that I will cherish as some of the best in my life. Going into my first GREK 112 class in first year, I didn’t know what an adventure I had in store for the next four years. The wide variety of research interests and expertise of the faculty really allowed for a well-rounded classical education, complimented by instruction in the ancient languages. However, my favourite part of the Classics Department is the community and the relationships I was able to forge with many faculty members. The Classics Department Student Council is privileged to have such support from both faculty and students and I would absolutely recommend anyone that is interested to take part in the DSC. I am appreciative for the analytical skills that I was able to acquire at Queen’s, and I will be able to apply these to so many situations in the future."
Desmond Wong, BAH 2013

Undergraduate Admission for Classics

Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website ( Secondary School prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be ENG4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.

Undergraduate Course Highlights

With courses like Doctor, Bloodletter, Surgeon: the Beginnings of Western Medicine; Archaeology Fieldwork Praticum; and Digital Photogrammetry our students expand their thinking beyond the traditional. Our most popular courses include Intro to Greek and Roman Civilization, Ancient Humour, Roman History, and Ancient Science – top those off with one of our ancient language courses such as Latin (a foundation for medicine) or Greek. And who wouldn’t want to finish their studies off spending a summer at our Castle in England taking part in an archaeological dig and getting academic credit for it?