Courses & Programs

Courses & Programs


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; 24 credits are required for a minor. Majors must take a minimum of two third year courses.

Minor in Ancient History consists of 24 credits plus 1 lab credit:
Either (LAT 101 or GRE 101); four of: (CLA 120, CLA 127, CLA
160, CLA 210, CLA 261, CLA 320, CLA 328, CLA 360)*; HIS 110, one of: (HIS 200 and HIS 372), and ILT 102.
*At least one of the CLA courses must be a 300-level course.

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: CLA 120 and 240; CLA 110, 205, 206, 207, 208; CLA 365 or 366.

Minor in Greek and Roman Civilization consists of 24 credits in CLA and/or GRE and/or LAT.


parthenonArt and Architecture classes in the Classics Department offer a number of opportunities to study the various periods and types of art in the ancient Mediterranean. A dynamic overview of techniques, themes, and styles, these classes explore the ancient world through the lens of artistic expression. History, religion, and politics are explored through the study of art and architecture.


This course begins in the Aegean Bronze Age, with the art of the Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenaean periods. Students will then be taken through the development of Greek art from the Geometric period to the Hellenistic movement. The course covers a broad range of media, including art, architecture, sculpture, jewellery, and painting. Politics, culture, and religion are discussed alongside the art these civilizations produced.


These enormously popular classes cover Roman art from its early Etruscan roots to the High Empire. Not restricted to the confines of the city of Rome, the course covers the far-flung reaches of the ancient Empire at its peak. From domestic wall painting to monumental architecture, private jewellery collections to large-scale sculpture programs, this course examines Rome’s political, ritual, and historical impact on western civilization


This class is full of rich, beautiful images from the late Roman and Byzantine Empires. Focusing almost entirely on sacred art and architecture, especially cathedral and basilica form and decoration, the wide array of slides and in-depth discussions provide lasting insight into the world of the early Christians. Valuable for both its artistic and religious lessons, this course is one that cannot be beat! The Art and Architecture courses are popular throughout many departments and usually draw a great number of students from all over campus. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about the treasures of ancient civilization from professors who have witnessed the splendour firsthand.


pompeii-frescoTHE 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.


A survey course in the history of classical archaeology, this class guides students from the work of antiquarians to modern-day archaeologists. Special emphasis is placed on the exploration of present-day archaeological sites and students’ interpretations of the finds and methods of the sites. Students also have the opportunity to use computer simulation programs to implement their acquired knowledge.


Emphasis in this class is placed on the techniques and methodology of archaeology, including stratigraphy, air photography, surveying and dating methods. The class concludes with a final project in which students organise and administer a theoretical dig. Labs are included in the course and include hands-on dendrochronology, pottery reconstruction, artifact recovery and site planning and mapping. Topics for discussion include the preservation of sites, ethical questions and problems related to archaeological sites.


This course is a specialized seminar class, which may be taken more than once, as topics change each year. Topics per semester may include Roman Provincial Art and Archaeology, The Aegean Bronze Age, Greek Vase Painting, Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Art, and the Archaeology of Periclean Athens. Students are expected to present two to three seminar presentations on a topic of their choice. As the class is generally very small, students have the opportunity to participate fully in class discussions and interact with the professor and fellow students.



The Bishop’s University Classical Studies Department offers a variety of courses in the culture and history of both Greece and Rome. Anyone with an interest in Greek and Roman culture is advised to enrol in CLA 100 and CLA 101, topical courses on food and travel in the ancient world.

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.


forum_inscriptionGreek and Latin

First-year courses in Greek and Latin are designed for students without any prior knowledge of the languages, and the works of ancient authors will be encountered right away. Upper-level courses include more involved translations of original works from ancient authors such as Cicero, Vergil, and Homer. These language courses are beneficial to any degree in Classical Studies or Classical Languages, and invaluable for students studying modern languages.



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.