Undergraduate Programs in Classics

Important Notes:

Students who entered McGill University before Fall 2017 may complete a Classics Program under the "old program" requirements, listed here.  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.

Effective immediately for students following the "old program", classics and related courses are no longer divided into five thematic areas. Program regulations relating to the thematic areas will not be enforced, as indicated below. However, students in all classics programs are still required to complete a minimum number of credits in ancient Greek or Latin, as dictated by the program stream. Go here for a current list of classics, ancient history and related courses.

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)

Complementary Courses 18 credits

Classical Language Stream

18 credits taken from the list of classics, ancient history, or classics-related courses courses within the five thematic areas, available on the Classical Studies Web site
12 credits minimum in Classical Languages [Ancient Greek and/or Latin]
12 credits maximum 200 level
3 credits minimum 300-level or higher of CLAS courses

Note: The same course may not count toward more than one thematic area requirement.

Classical Studies Stream

18 credits taken from the list of classics, ancient history, or classics-related courses courses within the five thematic areas, available on the Classical Studies Web site
6 credits minimum in Classical Languages [Ancient Greek and/or Latin]
6 credits minimum in one of the following areas:

Classical Literature
Ancient History
Philosophy and Religion
Modern Greek

12 credits maximum 200 level
3 credits minimum 300-level or higher of CLAS courses

Note: The same course may not count toward more than one thematic area requirement.

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MAJOR CONCENTRATION IN CLASSICS (36 credits)

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

Classical Language Stream

36 credits taken from the list of classics, ancient history or classics-related courses within the five thematic areas, available on the Classical Studies Web site
18 credits minimum in Classical Languages [Ancient Greek and/or Latin]
6 credits minimum in each of two of the following areas: 

Classical Literature
Ancient History
Philosophy and Religion
Modern Greek

12 credits maximum 200-level 

Note: The same course may not count toward more than one thematic area requirement.

Classical Studies Stream

36 credits taken from the list of classics, ancient history, and classics-related courses within the five thematic areas, available on the Classical Studies Web site
9 credits minimum in Classical Languages [Ancient Greek and/or Latin]
12 credits minimum in one of the following areas: 

Classical Literature
Ancient History
Philosophy and Religion
Modern Greek

3 credits minimum in at least three different areas
12 credits maximum 200-level
3 credits minimum 300-level or higher of CLAS courses.

Note: The same course may not count toward more than one thematic area requirement.

Additional note: A student who has completed 12 credits of introductory (200-level) courses in both ancient Greek and Latin may, with the permission of the Classics undergraduate program advisor, be allowed to count up to 18 credits of 200-level courses toward a major or joint honors program in Classics.

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HONORS IN CLASSICS (60 Credits)

Requires Courses (9 credits)

CLAS 200 Ancient Greek Literature (3)
CLAS 208 Roman Literature and Society (3)
CLAS 500 Classics Seminar (3) [replaced CLAS 441 beginning FA 2016]

Complementary Courses (51 credits)

51 credits chosen from classics, ancient history and classics-related courses five thematic areas of Classics (Classical Languages; Classical Literature; Ancient History; Modern Greek; and Philosophy and Religion) and including the specifications outlined below. For course choices, see the list of courses by thematic area, available on the Classical Studies Web site.
30 credits minimum in Classical Languages [Ancient Greek and/or Latin] at the 200-, 300- or 400-level, at least 18 credits in one language (ancient Greek or Latin), at least 12 credits in the other language, and a minimum of 6 credits minimum of Classical Languages at the 400-level. Note: CLAS 500 may not be counted toward the 30 credits in Classical Languages.
A minimum of 6 credits each in two of the following areas:

Classical Literature
Ancient History
Philosophy and Religion
Modern Greek

No more than 12 credits of complementary courses may be at the 200 level [i.e. students may normally count 18 credits toward the honours program including both required courses, CLAS 200 and CLAS 208, and complementary courses]. Additional note: A student who has completed 12 credits of introductory (200-level) courses in both ancient Greek and Latin may, with the permission of the Classics undergraduate program advisor, be allowed to count up to 18 credits of 200-level complementary courses toward the honours program in Classics, i.e. a maximum of 24 credits of 200-level courses including both required and complementary courses.
The same course may not count toward more than one thematic area requirement.

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

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Joint Honors--Classics Component (36 Credits)

Complementary Courses 36 credits

36 credits taken from the list of classics, ancient history and classics-related courses within the five thematic areas, available on the Classical Studies Web site
24 credits minimum in Classical Languages [Ancient Greek or Latin]
3 credits minimum of ancient Languages must be at the 400-level or higher
6 credits minimum in each of two of the following areas: 

Classical Literature
Ancient History
Philosophy and Religion
Modern Greek

15 credits maximum 200-level

Note: The same course may not count toward more than one thematic area requirement.

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

Additional note: A student who has completed 12 credits of introductory (200-level) courses in both ancient Greek and Latin may, with the permission of the Classics undergraduate program advisor, be allowed to count up to 18 credits of 200-level courses toward a major or joint honors program in Classics. 

 

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