School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


Griffith, R.D.

Graduate Coordinator
Lehoux, D.

Colivicchi, F., Griffith, R.D., Lehoux, D.

Associate Professor
Foley, A.M., Kavanagh, B.J., Reeves, M.B.

Assistant Professor
Cummings, M.S.

Professor Emeritus
Hagel, D.K., Hope-Simpson, R., Marshall, A.J., Schroeder, F.M.

Cross-Appointed Faculty
Ascough, R., Bevan, G., D'Elia, A., Greenfield, R.

Adjunct Faculty
Zaccagnino, C.

Departmental Facilities

The Department of Classics is located on the fifth floor of John Watson Hall, a fully-wireless facility which houses our reference collection, seminar room, departmental lounge and faculty offices. Graduate students also have access to a shared Teaching Assistant office where they can meet with undergraduate students as part of their TA duties.

In addition to our own reference collection, the Stauffer Library has substantial holdings in art, archaeology, classical literature, history and philosophy.Also available are publications in epigraphy and papyrology, and foreign periodicals.The Law Library contains resources for the study of ancient law.

Graduate Student Support

Assistance is available through the Ontario Graduate Scholarship system. The university offers a number of senior fellowships, Queen’s Graduate Awards and other support for students in Masters’ programs. Suitably qualified students are also appointed to Departmental Teaching Assistantships.

The Classics Department offers additional financial support to successful applicants through the Alexander and Ian Vorres Travel Fellowship, the Classics Travel Grant, and the Ross Kilpatrick Student Initiatives Fund competition processes.

Fields of Research

The Department of Classics offers graduate instruction and opportunities for research in 2 fields:

  • Greek and Roman Literature, History and Archaeology
  • Classical Studies and Archaeology

Degree Program

Master of Arts

Applicants are accepted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Students must, however, as a minimum, show a strong upper second class standing in the upper years of their B.A. programs.

Applicants to our Greek and Roman Literature, History and Archaeology field should have a good knowledge of Greek and Latin, and are required to take at least 6.0 language credits (Greek and/or Latin) at the graduate level. Applicants who need to supplement  their experience in the languages may be accepted on a preparatory basis and arrangements made for supplementary language courses.

Students in either field are required to take CLAS-800 (0.0 units) and CLAS-802*(3.0 units).

Pattern I: Thesis

Students take four term-length courses (12.0 units) and submit a thesis (CLAS-899) of a recommended length of 100 pp. on a topic chosen in consultation with the thesis supervisor. The thesis will be subject to examination under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Pattern II: Major Research Paper (Master's Essay) or Research Project

Students take six term-length courses (18.0 units) and submit either a Master's Essay (CLAS-898) of a recommended length of 50 pp, or a Research Project (CLAS-898) with an accompanying essay of no less than 25pp., that explicates the methodology and advances an interpretation of the results. The Essay or Project will not be subject to an oral defence but will be read and approved by one member of the department in addition to the essay supervisor, and must show the capacity for critical and analytical research and reflect the state of scholarship in the subject.

Pattern II is recommended for students in the Classical Studies and Archaeology field, but is also available to students in the Greek and Roman Literature, History and  Archaeology field.

Modern Language Requirement

Before completing the thesis, major research paper or project, students shall demonstrate to the department the ability to read and comprehend one of the languages of modern scholarship, normally French or German. A written translation test may be taken at any time during the first year of graduate study. The requirement may also be satisfied by achieving undergraduate standing with a year-length course, or Ontario Academic Credit or equivalent.