The study of the languages, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome has a long tradition at McGill. Classics was among the first disciplines 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 is located 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, philosophy, religion and modern Greek. Our classes are strongly inspired by inquiry-based learning and interdisciplinarity. We strive to create a culture of community and academic engagement. Professors work closely with students in developing research aptitudes and ideas, while stressing effective written and oral communication skills.
There are many opportunities for you to participate in Classical Studies. You may complete a degree program in Classics, or you may choose to complete a History program with a focus on Ancient History. Graduate studies include an MA in Classics, MA in History, and a PhD in History. 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 . Students are encouraged to join the Classics Students Association (CSA), to publish their work in Hirundo: the McGill Journal of Classical Studies, or take part in the annual Classics Play.
Classical Studies at McGill is a boutique program in the best sense. We offer challenging undergraduate and graduate degree options taught by high profile professors who emphasize close academic interaction with students. Undergraduate and graduate students regularly share in professional research operations. Academic excellence is reflected in student achievement and a very strong exit record.