History and Classical Studies (HIST & CLAS)

History and Classical Studies (HIST & CLAS)

Location

Location

  • Administrative Service Centre 2, Room 712
  • Stephen Leacock Building, 7th Floor
  • 855 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal QC H3A 2T7

About History and Classical Studies

About History and Classical Studies

About History

About History

In today’s world, people who can research thoroughly, write effectively, speak eloquently, and think clearly are in great demand. Recent graduates of our programs are currently pursuing careers in a variety of professions, including law, business, journalism, academia, finance, government, the arts, science, education, and medicine. All have benefited as professionals, individuals, and citizens from their study of history. The study of history develops skills in research, writing, and critical thinking and provides a context for understanding the present world. History requires and develops flexible thinking as it normally employs inductive reasoning. Historians usually begin with a specific temporally and spatially defined issue and try to determine a pattern or cause for change over time. They move from the particular to the general and, as historians usually begin with an open-ended question, they often find themselves drawing on other disciplines to understand the problem.

Programs in History

Programs in History

The Department offers three kinds of undergraduate programs:

  • Honours
  • Major Concentration
  • Minor Concentration

Courses in History fall into one of the following FOUR areas:

  • The Americas
  • Europe
  • Asia/Africa/Middle East
  • Global/Thematic

In each program, a specified number of credits may be selected from any single area. Each student’s program is worked out with an academic program adviser to suit the student’s specific needs within the general framework of the program.

Courses within each area are listed on the History Department’s website. Please refer to our website for a listing of courses being offered in 2015–2016 in each area.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits may not be included in the overall credit requirement for history programs, but may be considered as having met prerequisites for an upper-level course—please discuss with the professor of an upper-level course requiring the prerequisite, or with your academic program adviser.

Candidates entering the University as U0 or U1 students may, during their first year, take all courses at the 200 level, as well as courses at the 300 level for which they have prerequisites or permission from the instructor. First-Year Seminars are also available in History; see First-Year Seminar Courses.

About Classics

About Classics

Classical Studies offers an in-depth study of the languages, literature, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Students may complete one of the four standard undergraduate programs:

  • Minor Concentration
  • Major Concentration
  • Honours
  • Joint Honours Component

The Minor Concentration and Major Concentration 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 the culture of the ancient Mediterranean. The Joint Honours and Honours degrees are designed to train students who wish to make Classics a basis for academic careers. They also offer students the prospect of favourable 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 and Religion
  • Modern Greek

The current list of courses within each thematic area is available on the Classical Studies website: www.mcgill.ca/classics/teaching/thematic-areas.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2015-2016 (last updated Aug. 6, 2015) (disclaimer)

History and Classical Studies (HIST & CLAS) Faculty

History and Classical Studies (HIST & CLAS) Faculty

Chair
David J. Wright
Directors
Hans Beck (Director of Classical Studies)
Michael Fronda (History Undergraduate Program Director)
Emeritus Professors
Valentin Boss; B.A.(Cant.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Myron Echenberg; M.A.(McG.), Ph.D.(Wisc.)
Andrée Lévesque; B.A.(Laval), M.A., Ph.D.(Duke)
Michael P. Maxwell; B.A.(Sir G. Wms.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Carman I. Miller; B.A., B.Ed.(Acad.), M.A.(Dal.), Ph.D.(Lond.)
Desmond Morton; B.A.(RMC), B.A., M.A.(Oxf.), Ph.D.(Lond.) (Hiram Mills Emeritus Professor of History)
Yuzo Ota; B.A., M.A., PhD.(Tokyo)
Albert Schachter; B.A.(McG.), D.Phil.(Oxf.) (Hiram Mills Emeritus Professor of Classics)
George Michael Woloch; B.A.(Yale), M.A.(Oxf.), Ph.D.(Johns Hop.) (John MacNaughton Emeritus Professor of Classics)
Brian J. Young; B.A.(Tor.), M.A., Ph.D.(Qu.) (James McGill Emeritus Professor of History)
Professors
Hans Beck; Ph.D.(Erlangen) (John MacNaughton Professor of Classics)
Gwyn Campbell; B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc.(Birm.), Ph.D.(Wales) (Canada Research Chair)
Allan Greer; B.A.(Br. Col.), M.A.(Car.), Ph.D.(York) (Canada Research Chair)
John W. Hellman; B.A.(Marquette), M.A., Ph.D.(Harv.)
Peter Hoffmann; Ph.D.(Munich), F.R.S.C. (William Kingsford Professor of History)
Gershon D. Hundert; B.A., M.A.(Ohio St.), Ph.D.(Col.) (Leanor Segal Professor of Jewish Studies) (joint appt. with Jewish Studies)
Brian Lewis; B.A., M.A.(Oxf.), A.M., Ph.D.(Harv.)
Suzanne Morton; B.A.(Trent), M.A., Ph.D.(Dal.)
Nancy F. Partner; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Calif.)
Andrea Tone; B.A.(Qu.), M.A., Ph.D.(Emory) (joint appt. with Social Studies of Medicine) (Canada Research Chair)
Gil E. Troy; A.B., A.M., Ph.D.(Harv.)
David J. Wright; B.A., M.A.(McG.), D.Phil.(Oxf.) (joint appt. with Health and Social Policy) (Canada Research Chair)
Robin D.S. Yates; B.A., M.A.(Oxf.), M.A.(Calif.), Ph.D.(Harv.) (James McGill Professor) (joint appt. with East Asian Studies)
John Zucchi; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Associate Professors
Malek Abisaab; B.A.(Beirut), M.A.(CUNY), Ph.D.(SUNY) (joint appt. with Islamic Studies)
Subho Basu; B.A., M.A.(Visva-Bharati Univ.), M.Phil.(Jawaharial Nehru Univ.), Ph.D.(Camb.)
Giancarlo Casale; B.A.(Wesl.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Paula Clarke; B.A.(Oxf. and Nfld.), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Lond.)
Brian Cowan; B.A.(Reed), M.A., Ph.D.(Princ.) (Canada Research Chair)
Catherine Desbarats; B.A.(Qu.), D.Phil.(Oxf.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Nicholas Dew; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Oxf.)
Elizabeth Elbourne; B.A, M.A.(Tor.), D.Phil.(Oxf.)
Michael Fronda; B.A.(Cornell), M.A., Ph.D.(Ohio St.)
Charles W. Gladhill; B.A.(Mich.), M.A.(Georgia South.), Ph.D.(Stan.)
Elsbeth Heaman; B.A., M.A.(McG.), Ph.D.(Tor.)
James Krapfl; A.B.(Stan.), M.A.(Central European Univ. Budapest), Ph.D.(Calif.)
Catherine C. LeGrand; B.A.(Reed), M.A., Ph.D.(Stan.)
Lorenz Lüthi; Lic.Phil.I(Zürich), M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.(Yale)
Leonard Moore; A.B., M.A., Ph.D.(Calif.)
Jason Opal; B.A.(Cornell), M.A., Ph.D.(Brandeis)
Laila Parsons; B.A.(Exe.), D.Phil.(Oxf.) (joint appt. with Institute of Islamic Studies)
Jarrett Rudy; B.A., M.A.(Ott.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert; BAC Spécialisé(Montr.), M.Phil., Ph.D.(Yale)
Griet Vankeerberghen; B.A., M.A.(Louvain), Ph.D.(Princ.)
Faith Wallis; B.A., M.A.(McG.), Ph.D.(Tor.) (joint appt. with Social Studies of Medicine)
Assistant Professors
Anastassios Anastassiadis; B.A., M.A.(Middlebury), Ph.D.(Sciences Po) (Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek Studies)
Shanon Fitzpatrick; B.A.(Col.), Ph.D.(Calif., Irvine)
Lynn Kozak; B.A.(Barnard), M.A.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Nott.)
Laura Madokoro; B.A.(Wat.), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Jon Dylan Soske; B.A.(USC), M.A.(Calif., Berk.), Ph.D.(Tor.)
Judith Szapor; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(York)
Gavin Walker; B.A., M.A.(Penn.), Ph.D.(Cornell) (joint appt. with East Asian Studies)
Faculty Lecturers
Margaret Palczynski; B.Sc.(McG.), M.A.(C'dia)
Martin Sirois; B.A.(Montr.), M.A.(Princ.), M.A.(McG.)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2015-2016 (last updated Aug. 6, 2015) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration History (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration History.

For more information, see Minor Concentration History (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration History (36 credits)

For more information, see Major Concentration History (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours History (60 credits)

Students must maintain a 3.30 grade point average in their program courses and must have no less than a "B" in any program course. In addition, and in accordance with Faculty of Arts rules, students must maintain an overall CGPA of 3.00.

For more information, see Honours History (60 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component History (36 credits)

Students who wish 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."  ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component History (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Classics (18 credits)

Two separate streams allow students to put emphasis either on the ancient languages or on the culture of the ancient Mediterranean. This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Classics.

For more information, see Minor Concentration Classics (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Neo-Hellenic Concentration (18 credits)

This Minor immerses students in the rich literary and cultural tradition of Greece. It is designed to enable students to achieve linguistic proficiency in Modern Greek and to provide them with an understanding of the diachronic influence and the synchronic importance of the Modern Greek language, literature, and history in the contemporary global world of diversity...

For more information, see Minor Neo-Hellenic Concentration (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Classics (36 credits)

Two separate streams allow students to put emphasis either on the ancient languages or on the culture of the ancient Mediterranean.

For more information, see Major Concentration Classics (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Classics (60 credits)

For more information, see Honours Classics (60 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Classics (36 credits)

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".  ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Classics (36 credits).

Faculty of Arts—2015-2016 (last updated Aug. 6, 2015) (disclaimer)