Classics Degrees

Honours in Classical Studies consists of 60 credits and a requirement of at least 70% in Classical Studies courses; a minimum of 24 credits in Latin and Greek; a minimum of two third-year courses; an Honours thesis (6 credits- CLA 400a and 401b).

Major in Classical Studies consists of 42 credits. Majors must take either CLA100 or CLA101, and a minimum of two third year courses.

Minor in Ancient Mediterranean Studies consists of 24 credits

Minor in Classical Languages consists of 24 credits in at least two of Hebrew, Greek or Latin, with at least 12 credits in one classical language.

Minor in Classical Art and Archaeology consists of 24 credits:

  • Category I: One of: CLA 120, CLA 238, and CLA 240;
  • Category II: Four of CLA 110, CLA 205, CLA 206, CLA 207, CLA 208;
  • Category III: One of: CLA 309, CLA 328, CLA 335, CLA 350, CLA 365, CLA 366;
  • Category IV: Two of: any other  CLA, LAT, or GRE courses.

Students may also choose to fulfil Category IV by taking any of the following courses: HIS 240, HIS 277, HIS 236, HIS 239, HIS 275, HIS 298.

The Ancient City

This course, like all of our 300-level courses, is a specialized seminar which provides the opportunity for upper-year students to engage in methods and materials at a deeper level. This particular seminar investigates the life of the ancient city through the use of archaeological, artistic, and literary sources. The economic and political role, the art and architecture, and the very concept of a city will be examined through the investigation of various ancient Mediterranean cities.

History and Culture

Also available are two pairs of history courses that focus directly on Greek and Roman history. The Greek History series takes the student from the Greek pre-history to Alexander the Great. Its Roman counterpart explores the rise and fall of this great civilization, from the Republic to the Late Empire.

Sex and Gender in the Ancient World offers insight into the relationship between men and women from early history to the rise of Christianity, including sexuality, gender roles, family expectations, and more. For upper-year students, a number of 300-level seminar courses are available, including, The Goddess: History, Myth and Cult; and The City in the Ancient World.

Classical Mythology I and II

One of the most well known aspects of the Classical world, mythology has been the interest of many for countless years. By studying the Greek and Roman sources of Homer, Euripides, Ovid, et al. in translation, students will be immersed in the traditions of the mythological worlds of Greece and Rome. The myths of the great heroes, i.e. Odysseus and Heracles, as well as the hierarchy of Greek and Roman gods, are discussed by means of these literary sources. The Classical Mythology I and II courses are designed for and available to anyone with an interest in mythology, both Classics majors and students from other disciplines.

Greek Tragedy I and II

Similar to the mythology courses, the Greek tragedy courses study the literary sources of ancient Greek in translation. Focussing on the three greatest Greek tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, students will read a wide variety of plays in the ancient tradition. The classics covered include the famous Oedipus Tyrannos (or Oedipus Rex) of Sophocles and the Oresteian trilogy of Aeschylus. The development of the Greek theatre, myth and culture will also be discussed. Interesting students from both the Classics and Drama departments, the classes encourage student interpretations of these great masterpieces.

Other Courses in Literature and Mythology

From time to time, the Bishop’s University Classical Studies Department also offers third year courses in Greek and Roman Drama and Epic Poetry. Though offered intermittently, these courses are very popular with Classics students and focus on specific works and their relationships within the vast sources of classical literature. Each course is unique and students will enjoy lectures and projects individual to the subject matter. Often designed as seminar courses, the classes are limited in number and encourage independent thinking and participation by students.