What is Classics?

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 by participating in one of two archaeological excavations supervised by our own faculty, or through a variety of projects and assignments.  

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 into graduate programs nationally and internationally.

Feel free to contact any of our faculty (see our Faculty page for our experts listings), or come visit us in the department with questions you have about our courses and programs.


 ACCEPTING applications for graduate studies in Classics for 2023-2024   

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Temple of Apollo

Choose Classics for your Degree!

Classics is now open for Plan selection!

Please see our options for Major/Medial/Minor

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MA students learn about ancient coins from Diniacopoulos Collection

On Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Professor Cristiana Zaccagnino (Classics) and Professor Emy Kim (Art Conservation) held their second workshop about ancient coins from the Diniacopoulos Collection with their graduate students.

Emily Croft


Spotlight on Emily Croft                    Graduate student, Emily Croft, interviewed on the Classical Studies program at Queen's University.

Fallon - Student in Caere

2023 Excavations

Applications for the faculty directed excavations at Caere, Nora and Stobi are now open! For more information and to fill out the application forms, please visit our archaeology webpages at the links below!

Professor Colivicchi

Faculty News

Professor Colivicchi will be participating in an upcoming conference this January!

Cerveteri, Roma e Tarquinia: Seminario di studi in ricordo di Mauro Cristofani e Mario Torelli

Professor Colivicchi will be speaking on January 26th, 2023.The discussions are on Cerveteri Rome: Research, Excavation and Territory 
The conference will be viewable via live stream on YouTube. The link can be found HERE. Please read the Program for more information!

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Classics Presents...

The Colloquium Speaker Series is an ongoing series of talks by Professors from other universities discussing their own areas of specialization.

Upcoming Speaker:
Classics Presents... Dr. Scott Gallimore on Wednesday, February8th @ 5:30 in Watson Hall - Room 217!

We hope to see you there!