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.


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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.

"Eupronios Krater" - ancient vase with handles

MA Symposium

The Annual Classics MA Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 13th from 9:00am-4:00pm - all are welcome to attend!

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Faculty News

The Department of Classics is happy to announce that Professor Zaccagnino will be having a talk on Ancient Bronzes at the Uffizi in Florence: From the Collection of the Grand Dukes to the First Public Museum.

The talk will take place in person and via Zoom on Sunday, September 25th, 2022.

All details can be found at the link below: 

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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. Roberta Stewart (Professor, Department of Classics, Dartmouth College) on Monday, March 28th @ 4:30pm (on Zoom).