Why study Classics at Dal?

Join the camaraderie of Canada's second-largest Classics program

Examine how the fundamental ideas, beliefs, and institutions formed when Greek and Middle Eastern cultures met thousands of years ago. Modern languages are full of words deriving from Greek and Latin, and classical myths have inspired everything from Shakespearean drama to Disney films. Classics starts you on a journey of discovery that lasts a lifetime.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Department of Classics
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Our courses examine the ancient and medieval Mediterranean world in all its complexity, from art and philosophy to the practical challenges of empire and religion.

There are many courses where you can read ancient texts in translation, but a strength of the program is our focus on reading in the original ancient tongues. Instead of reading a textbook about Greek history, students read Herodotus or Thucydides together in the original Greek.

Sample courses:

  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Sanskrit
  • The Dialogues of Plato

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

We teach critical thinking and train great communicators. From judges to journalists, our graduates are adaptable and have moved into many professions, proving that Classics is not only a great foundation for future academics, it is a preparation for life. Possible careers include:

  • lawyer
  • academic
  • theologian

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in classics, philosophy and history or professional studies such as law.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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