History and Classical Studies (HIST & CLAS)

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History and Classical Studies (HIST & CLAS)

Location

Location

  • Administrative Service Centre II
  • Stephen Leacock Building, Room 712
  • 855 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal QC H3A 2T7
  • Telephone: 514-398-3975
  • Fax: 514-398-7476
  • Email: undergrad.history [at] mcgill.ca
  • Websites: www.mcgill.ca/history; www.mcgill.ca/classics

About History and Classical Studies

About History and Classical Studies

About History

About History

The Department offers a wide variety of history courses on diverse cultures and societies around the world from antiquity to contemporary times, as well as covering thematic subjects such as historical theory and methodology, history and sexuality, imperialism and colonialism, histories of science, environmental history, and the history of thought and ideas. Exploring the past provides a context for understanding the present. Indeed, history is a window onto the full diversity of human experience. The study of history also encourages the development of transferable skills in research, writing, and critical thinking, and lays the foundation for careers in a variety of professions, including law, business, journalism, academia, finance, government, the arts, science, education, and medicine.

Programs in History

Programs in History

The Department offers four kinds of undergraduate programs:

  • Minor Concentration
  • Major Concentration
  • Honours
  • Joint Honours Component (combined with another component from a second discipline)

In all four of our programs, students are required to take a minimum number of courses at the advanced level in order to build research skills and encourage depth. Additionally, students in the Major, Honours, and Joint Honours programs are expected to achieve geographic and temporal breadth and diversity in their studies. Thus, students in these programs are limited to a maximum number of courses in any one broadly defined geographic area. To facilitate program planning, an updated list of department courses categorized by geographic area (The Americas; Europe; Asia, Africa, and Middle East; and Global and Thematic) can be found on the Department's website. Students are encouraged to meet regularly with a departmental program adviser to work out a program that suits their specific needs while making sure all program requirements are fulfilled.

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.

About Classics

About Classics

Classical Studies provides an in-depth study of the languages, literature, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Students may complete an undergraduate program in Classics by selecting from Classics courses (CLAS), History courses (HIST) that focus on ancient Greece or Rome, as well as courses in several related disciplines in the Faculty of Arts such as Philosophy, English, and Art History. Classical Studies is inherently interdisciplinary.

A complete list of Classics and related courses is found on the Department's website.

The Department offers four kinds of undergraduate degrees:

  • Minor Concentration
  • Major Concentration
  • Honours
  • Joint Honours Component (combined with another component from a second discipline)

The Minor Concentration and Major Concentration provide a useful complement for students in the arts and sciences. 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.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)

History and Classical Studies (HIST & CLAS) Faculty

History and Classical Studies (HIST & CLAS) Faculty

Chair
David J. Wright
Directors
Michael Fronda (Undergraduate Program Director)
Charles W. Gladhill (Director of Classical Studies)
Emeritus Professors
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)
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.)
Paula Clarke; B.A.(Oxf./Nfld.), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Lond.)
Brian Cowan; B.A.(Reed), M.A., Ph.D.(Princ.)
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.)
Lynn Kozak; B.A.(Barnard), M.A.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Nott.)
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)
Travis Bruce; B.A. (Port St.), M.A. (Univ. Poitiers), Ph.D. (Toulouse/W. Mich.)
Allan Downey; B.A., (Mercyhurst Univ.), M.A., Ph.D. (W. Laur.)
Shanon Fitzpatrick; B.A.(Col.), Ph.D.(Calif., Irvine)
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)
Jeremy Tai; B.A. (NYU), M.A., Ph.D. (Calif.-Santa Cruz)
Darian Totten; B.A.(Chic.), M.A., Ph.D.(Stan.)
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—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (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)

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.

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

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

**Currently under review. Program not available for this academic year.**

This Minor Concentration 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 and pluralism.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

12-15 credits chosen from:

CLAS 230D1 (3) Introductory Modern Greek
CLAS 230D2 (3) Introductory Modern Greek
CLAS 331 (3) Intermediate Modern Greek 1
CLAS 332 (3) Intermediate Modern Greek 2
CLAS 333 (3) Modern Greek Poetry
CLAS 335 (3) Modern Greek Culture and Society
CLAS 336 (3) Modern Greek Literature
CLAS 337 (3) Hellenisms: Roman to Ottoman
HIST 349 (3) Greece: From Ottoman to the European Union

3-6 credits to be chosen from the list below (with adviser's approval, other courses might also be considered):

ARTH 314 (3) The Medieval City
CLAS 203 (3) Greek Mythology
CLAS 300 (3) Ancient Drama and Theatre
CLAS 301 (3) Ancient Greek Literature and Society
CLAS 303 (3) Ancient Greek Religion
CLAS 404 (3) Classical Tradition
HIST 205 (3) Ancient Mediterranean History
HIST 226 (3) East Central and Southeastern Europe in 20th Century
HIST 262 (3) Mediterranean and European Interconnections
HIST 362 (3) Byzantine History and Historiography
HIST 368 (3) Greek History: Classical Period
HIST 369 (3) Greek History: Early Greece
HIST 379 (3) Greek History: Hellenistic Period
PHIL 345 (3) Greek Political Theory
PHIL 353 (3) The Presocratic Philosophers
PHIL 355 (3) Aristotle
PHIL 452 (3) Later Greek Philosophy
PHIL 454 (3) Ancient Moral Theory
POLI 333 (3) Western Political Theory 1

Minimum 12 credits at the 300 level or above.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)

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

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...

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

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Classics (54 credits)

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...

For more information, see Honours Classics (54 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". The Joint Honours Component Classics emphasizes the study of ancient Greek and Latin: proficiency in both...

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

Faculty of Arts—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)