Classical Studies offers an in-depth study of the languages, literature, history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Undergraduates may select from a wide range of Classics (CLAS) and History (HIST) courses offered by the Department of Historty and Classical Studies. In addition, several courses in related disciplines in the Faculty of Arts (Philosophy, English, Art History, and more) can be counted toward a Classics program. For a complete list of Classical Studies courses, please consult the Courses Offered by Thematic Area.
Students may choose to complete a program in Classics or in History with a focus on Ancient History. Moreover, a student may elect to combine two programs (e.g. a Major in Classics and Minor in History) in order to satisfy his or her McGill graduation requirements.
The Undergraduate Advisor for Classics is Professor Lynn Kozak. Click lynn [dot] kozak [at] mcgill [dot] ca (here) to email her directly with any queries.
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS in CLASSICS
Students may complete one of the four undergraduate programs (Minor, Major, Honors, Joint Honors Concentration) in Classics. The Minor and Major concentrations provide a useful complement for students in the arts and sciences. Two separate streams allow students to put emphasis either on the ancient languages or on a the culture of the ancient Mediterranean. The Joint Honors and Honors degrees are designed to train students who wish to make Classics a basis for academic careers. They also offer students the prospect of favorable consideration for graduate and other professional schools.
All Classics degree options require students to choose courses from one or more of the following thematic areas:
• Classical Languages
• Classical Literature
• Ancient History
• Philosophy, Religion and Science
• Modern Greek
The current list of courses within each thematic area, including courses offered in other departments that may be counted toward your Classics program, is available here.
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS in ANCIENT HISTORY
Undergraduates who wish to study Ancient History may complete one of the Undergraduate Programs in History offered in the Department of History and Classical Studies (Minor Concentration, Major Concentration, Joint Honors, Honors), with a focus in ancient Greek and/or Roman history.
Ancient History students are encouraged to take courses in both Greek and Roman history. In addition, students who are considering graduate studies in Ancient History should complete a Major Concentration, Honors, or Joint Honors Program. These students are also strongly encouraged to take ancient Greek and Latin language courses.