The study of the languages, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome has a long tradition at McGill. Classics was among the firstdisciplines taught at McGill College. It was established in 1834, when James A.B. Ramsey became the first Professor of Classical Literature and History, nine years before the Faculty of Arts opened. Today, Classics and Ancient History are housed in the Department of History and Classical Studies. Our students benefit from the lively interaction between related disciplines and draw on the expertise of scholars from various academic backgrounds.
Studies in classical antiquity touch the core of many disciplines in the humanities. We offer a wide range of courses in Greek and Latin, classical literature, mythology, ancient history, and modern Greek. Our classes are strongly inspired by inquiry-based learning and interdisciplinarity. You will also discover that our approaches go beyond the traditional study of the ancient world. For instance, the current research cluster on Global Antiquities includes exciting comparisons between ancient Greece, Rome, and China.
There are many opportunities for you to participate in Classical Studies. You may complete a Minor, Major, Joint Honours, or Honours degree in Classics, or you may choose to complete a History Program with a focus on Ancient History. Graduate studies include an MA in Classics or Ancient History, and a PhD in Ancient History. Many Awards and Prizes are available for students who excel in the classroom, and both undergraduates and graduates can join professors on conferences, study tours, and field projects, or participate in the Classics Play. Students can also become members of the Classics Students Association (CSA) and publish their work in the McGill Journal of Classical Studies, aptly titled Hirundo — the Latin for "swallow," like the martlets found on the McGill coat-of-arms, ever soaring in search of knowledge.
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