Undergraduate Program in Classics

Important Notes:

Students who entered McGill University in Fall 2017 or later and who wish to complete a Classics program must satisfy the following program requirements. Students who entered McGill University before Fall 2017 may complete a Classics Program under the "old program" requirements.  However, these students may choose to complete their classics program according to the revised requirements that are in effect from fall 2017. You should consult with a program advisor to weigh the options and to make sure you fulfill program requirements before applying to graduate.

Students please note that the Degree Evaluation tool on Minerva does not work for Classics programs and is not an accurate tool for detrmining if you have met all program requirements. You must meet all requirements listed below. If you are unsure about your status, please make an appointment with the Classics Undergraduate Advisor. Please complete the appropriate Classics Program Advising/Audit Sheet before seeing the advisor.

 

MINOR CONCENTRATION IN CLASSICS 18 credits (expandable)

Program Requirements

The Minor Concentration in Classical Studies introduces students to the linguistic, historical and cultural dimensions of Greece and Rome. The Minor Concentration can be expanded to a Major Concentration in Classics.

Required Course (3 credits)

CLAS 201 Greece and Rome (3 credits) 

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits of Classics (CLAS) or related courses according to the following stipulations:

  • 6 credits minimum of Ancient Greek or Latin.

CLAS 210 Introductory Latin 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 212 Introductory Latin 2 (3 credits) 
CLAS 215 Intensive Introductory Latin (6 credits) 
CLAS 220 Introductory Ancient Greek 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 222 Introductory Ancient Greek 2 (3 credits) 
CLAS 310 Intermediate Latin 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 312 Intermediate Latin 2 (3 credits) 
CLAS 315 Intermediate Latin 2: Selections (3 credits) 
CLAS 320 Intermediate Ancient Greek 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 322 Intermediate Ancient Greek 2 (3 credits) 
CLAS 326 Intermediate Ancient Greek 2: Selections (3 credits) 
CLAS 410 Advanced Latin: Authors (3 credits) 
CLAS 412 Advanced Latin: Themes (3 credits) 
CLAS 419 Advanced Latin: Post-Classical (3 credits) 
CLAS 420 Advanced Ancient Greek: Authors (3 credits) 
CLAS 422 Advanced Ancient Greek: Themes (3 credits) 
CLAS 429 Medieval Greek (3 credits) 

  • NOTE: Minimum 3 credits CLAS courses at the 400-level
  • NOTE: Maximum 9 credits complementary courses at the 200-level

Additional Note: a maximum total of 6 credits of non-CLAS McGill courses and/or classics courses not taken at McGill (transfer credits) may be counted toward the program.

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MAJOR CONCENTRATION IN CLASSICS (36 credits)

Program Requirements

The Major Concentration in Classical Studies is an in-depth study of ancient Greece and Rome. Two Streams are offered. The Classical Languages stream emphasizes ancient Greek and Latin language, requiring advanced coursework in one or both languages. The Classical Studies stream provides a broad foundation in ancient languages and Greek and Roman literature while allowing students greater flexibility to take a variety of courses in translation.

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits from one of the following two streams.

Classical Languages Stream

3 credits of the following:

CLAS 201 Greece and Rome (3 credits) 

33 credits of classics (CLAS) or related courses according to the following stipulations:

  • Minimum 6 credits advanced Ancient Greek and/or Latin.

CLAS 410 Advanced Latin: Authors (3 credits) 
CLAS 412 Advanced Latin: Themes (3 credits) 
CLAS 419 Advanced Latin: Post-Classical (3 credits) 
CLAS 420 Advanced Ancient Greek: Authors (3 credits) 
CLAS 422 Advanced Ancient Greek: Themes (3 credits) 
CLAS 429 Medieval Greek (3 credits) 

  • NOTE: Maximum 12 credits of complementary courses at the 200 level.
  • NOTE: 9 credits maximum of non-CLAS courses may be counted toward the program.

Classical Studies Stream

9 credits from the following:

CLAS 201 Greece and Rome (3 credits) 
CLAS 301 Ancient Greek Literature and Society (3 credits) 
CLAS 302 Roman Literature and Society (3 credits) 

27 credits of classics (CLAS) or related courses according to the following stipulations:

  • Minimum 6 credits intermediate Ancient Greek and/or Latin.

CLAS 310 Intermediate Latin 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 312 Intermediate Latin 2 (3 credits) 
CLAS 315 Intermediate Latin 2: Selections (3 credits) 
CLAS 320 Intermediate Ancient Greek 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 322 Intermediate Ancient Greek 2 (3 credits) 
CLAS 326 Intermediate Ancient Greek 2: Selections (3 credits) 

  • NOTE: Minimum 6 credits 400-level CLAS courses.
  • NOTE: Maximum 12 credits of complementary courses at the 200 level.
  • NOTE: 9 credits maximum of non-CLAS courses may be counted toward the program.

Additional Note: For either stream students may count a maximum total of 12 credits of non-CLAS McGill courses and/or classics courses not taken at McGill (transfer credits) toward the program.

 

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HONORS IN CLASSICS (54 Credits)

Program Requirements

The Honours Classics program is designed for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in Classics or related discipline. The program is highly interdisciplinary. It emphasizes the study of ancient Greek and Latin, requiring proficiency in both languages and advanced coursework in at least one, combined with a strong foundation in ancient history, literature and material cultural studies. Honours students are encouraged to begin coursework in both Greek and Latin as soon as possible, and to meet with the classics program adviser to map out their courses and program.

According to Faculty regulations, Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00.

Required Courses (24 credits)

CLAS 201 Greece and Rome (3 credits) 
CLAS 301 Ancient Greek Literature and Society (3 credits) 
CLAS 302 Roman Literature and Society (3 credits) 
CLAS 310 Intermediate Latin 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 312 Intermediate Latin 2 (3 credits) 
CLAS 320 Intermediate Ancient Greek 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 322 Intermediate Ancient Greek 2 (3 credits) 
CLAS 500 Classics Seminar (3 credits) 

Complementary Courses (30 credits)

30 credits classics (CLAS) or related courses according to the following stipulations:

  • Minimum 6 credits advanced ancient Greek and/or Latin.

CLAS 410 Advanced Latin: Authors (3 credits) 
CLAS 412 Advanced Latin: Themes (3 credits) 
CLAS 419 Advanced Latin: Post-Classical (3 credits) 
CLAS 420 Advanced Ancient Greek: Authors (3 credits) 
CLAS 422 Advanced Ancient Greek: Themes (3 credits) 
CLAS 429 Medieval Greek (3 credits) 

  • Minimum 3 credits advanced classical literature courses:

CLAS 400 Ancient Drama and Theatre (3 credits) 
CLAS 401 Ancient Comedy (3 credits) 
CLAS 402 Hellenistic Literature and Society (3 credits) 
CLAS 403 The Greek and Roman Novel (3 credits) 
CLAS 405 The Epic Tradition (3 credits) 
CLAS 406 Greek and Roman Historiography (3 credits) 

  • Minimum 3 credits courses in ancient history or classical civilization: 

CLAS 303 Ancient Greek Religion (3 credits) 
CLAS 304 Ancient Greek Democracy (3 credits) 
CLAS 305 The World of Alexandria (3 credits) 
CLAS 306 Classics in Modern Media (3 credits) 
CLAS 308 Gender in the Ancient World (3 credits) 
CLAS 404 Classical Tradition (3 credits) 
HIST 205 Ancient Mediterranean History (3 credits) 
HIST 368 Greek History: Classical Period (3 credits) 
HIST 369 Greek History: Early Greece (3 credits) 
HIST 375 Rome: Republic to Empire (3 credits) 
HIST 376 Fall of the Roman Empire (3 credits) 
HIST 379 Greek History: Hellenistic Period (3 credits) 
HIST 391 Rise of Rome (3 credits) 
HIST 400 Ancient Greece, Rome and China (3 credits) 
HIST 407 Topics in Ancient History (3 credits) 
HIST 450 Ancient History Methods (3 credits) 

Note: Other courses may be counted towards this requirement with the approval of the program adviser.

  • Minimum 3 credits in classical art or archaeology:

ARTH 209 Introduction to Ancient Art and Architecture (3 credits) 
CLAS 240 Introduction to Classical Archaeology (3 credits) 
CLAS 345 Study Tour: Greece (3 credits) 
CLAS 348 Topics: Classical Archaeology (3 credits) 
CLAS 349 Archaeology Fieldwork: Italy (3 credits) 

Note: Other courses may be counted towards this requirement with the approval of the program adviser.

  • NOTE: Maximum 18 credits of complementary courses at the 200 level.

Additional Note: a maximum total of 18 credits of non-CLAS McGill courses and/or classics courses not taken at McGill (transfer credits) may be counted toward the program.

 

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Joint Honors--Classics Component (36 Credits)

Program Requirements

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs". The Joint Honours Component Classics emphasizes the study of ancient Greek and Latin: proficiency in both languages is required, advanced coursework is required in at least one of the classical languages. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in classics or related disciplines (such as ancient History), or for graduate programs that require proficiency in ancient languages. 

According to Faculty regulations, Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00.

Required Courses (12 credits)

CLAS 201 Greece and Rome (3 credits) 
CLAS 310 Intermediate Latin 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 320 Intermediate Ancient Greek 1 (3 credits) 
CLAS 500 Classics Seminar (3 credits) 

Complementary Courses (24 credits)

24 credits of Classics (CLAS) or related courses according to the following stipulations:

  • Minimum 6 credits advanced Ancient Greek and/or Latin.

CLAS 410 Advanced Latin: Authors (3 credits) 
CLAS 412 Advanced Latin: Themes (3 credits) 
CLAS 419 Advanced Latin: Post-Classical (3 credits) 
CLAS 420 Advanced Ancient Greek: Authors (3 credits) 
CLAS 422 Advanced Ancient Greek: Themes (3 credits) 
CLAS 429 Medieval Greek (3 credits) 

  • NOTE: Maximum 15 credits complementary courses at the 200 level.
  • NOTE: Maximum 9 credits of non-CLAS courses.

Additional Note: students may count a maximum total of 12 credits of non-CLAS McGill courses and/or classics courses not taken at McGill (transfer credits) toward the program.

 

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