Are you interested in battles, myths, astrology, riddles and magic, languages and literature, graphic novels, avatars and cosplay, building models and theatre sets, digging in the dirt, or exploring underwater? If you answered yes to any of these, then Classics at Queen’s is a good fit for you!

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 advances in technology 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 by participating in archaeological excavations and projects overseas supervised by our own faculty. Students also learn through a variety of on-campus projects and assignments such as working with the Diniacopoulos collection of artifacts at Queen's. The chance to share in the tradition of over 175 continuous years of instruction in Greek and Latin at Queen's creates an excellent opportunity for students to deepen their love and knowledge of the ancient world in a small class setting, all supported by our knowledgeable and congenial faculty and staff.

We hold that the study of Classics leads to a wider appreciation of human values and achievements, and a more objective understanding of ourselves and our times.

Top 4 Reasons to Study Classics:

1. We take a multidisciplinary approach, involving the study of Greek and Latin languages, as well as history, literature, achaeology, religion, mythology, philosophy, drama, and science.

2. Students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by participating in our department’s archaeological excavations abroad.

3. We offer exchange opportunities to 100+ schools in over 30 countries.

4. During the summer, the Bader College offers a Field School in British Archaeology. This intensive five-week program combines two courses on Roman Medieval Britain with the practical learning experience of excavation.

“Within the Department of Classics, I found a great community of students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The professors are friendly and supportive, and the classes are varied and interesting.”
                                                                                                                                     -Craig Harvey, BAH ‘11

Watson Hall
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Department Head: 
Daryn Lehoux
Departmental Administrator: 
Judy Vanhooser
Graduate Chair: 
Fabio Colivicchi
Graduate Assistant: 
Judy Vanhooser
Undergraduate Chair: 
Drew Griffith
Undergraduate & Departmental Assistant: 
Shannon Day
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.

Joint Honours 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.

Internship option available

Please note that all  GREK and LATN Plans are currently under academic review. No new students will be admitted to these Plans. 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


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 three of its own archaeological excavations, two in Italy (CLST 408 and CLST 409 - Archaeological Fieldwork Practicums I and II) and one in Macedonia (CLST 412 and CLST 413 - Archaeological Fieldwork Practicum III).  During the summer, the Bader College 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.


Alumni Career Statistics

• 6% of alumni work in MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES & GALLERIES
• 9% of alumni work in LAW
• 9% of alumni work in GOVERNMENT
• 36% of alumni work in EDUCATION

A degree in Classical Studies can take your career in many directions. Many students choose to continue their academic inquiry with a Master’s. Our students are equipped with a strong foundation for careers in:

  • Administration
  • Anthropology
  • Archaelogy
  • Archival work
  • Art conservation
  • Arts administration
  • Broadcasting
  • Civil service
  • Communications
  • Copyright Law
  • Corrections
  • Cultural resource management
  • Diplomatic service
  • Editing
  • Education (including ESL)
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Foreign service
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Labour / Industrial relations
  • Law
  • Library information sciences
  • Marketing
  • Ministerial work
  • Museum work
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Religion and theology
  • Research
  • Theatre performance
  • Tourism
  • Translation
Taking time to explore career options, build experience and network can help you have a smooth transition to the world of work after graduation. Note that some of these careers may require additional training.

With courses like Doctor, Bloodletter, Surgeon: the Beginnings of Western Medicine, and Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum our students expand their thinking beyond the traditional. Our most popular courses include Intro to Greek and Roman Civilizations, Ancient Humour, Roman History, Myth and Religion, Ancient Science, Sciencetific and Medical Terminology, and Ancient Warfare – top those off with one of our ancient language courses such as Latin or Greek (both are foundations for medicine). And who wouldn’t want to finish their studies spending a summer on a dig in Italy or Macedonia and getting academic credit for it?


Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre) website ( ENG4U, plus five additional 4U/M courses. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements. Visit for additional information regarding requirements and admission to Queen's.

Classics (BAH)
OUAC Code:
QA (Kingston Campus)
QB (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)
QIA (The Castle)
QIB (Concurrent Education, The Castle)

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After first year, in May, students will declare their area of study (major, minor, specialization, e.g.). The thresholds are competitive year to year and do change. The thresholds for Classics (Both Major and Specialization) are: open (no minimum GPA) for PENDING LIST or 2.0 Cumulative GPA for AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE.

Information on Plan Selection


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 more than 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.


"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