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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.

We concentrate on concepts and problems that govern the nature of human experience. In our courses, you will discover that the ancient world is a mirror to our own.

Research opportunities

Undergraduate students benefit from a close research community because our department encourages students to work together to understand the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. We unite around a shared sense of responsibility as scholars who must carry these ancient languages and knowledge on to the next century.

“We value research, we also really value the student experience,” says Dr. Jack Mitchell. “We have an ethos of caring. We really do believe that we are the continuers of the classical tradition and not simply studiers of that tradition.”

“The lines between the undergraduate students and the graduate students, and the faculty are not hard and fast. There’s a lot of interaction both intellectually and socially,” says Dr. Eli Diamond.

Study Arabic

Over 300 million people speak Arabic. It is a primary language of Islam, the faith of over a billion people. Studying Arabic exposes you to a rich cultural heritage and gives you a better understanding of this culture, and your own. Arabic speakers are in high demand internationally, in fields like journalism, business, finance, translation, consulting and more.

Studying Arabic at Dalhousie University means learning the official language of more than 20 countries from Africa and Asia, which have Modern Standard Arabic (or "literary Arabic," al-‘arabiyya al-fusha al-mu‘asira) as a common feature in formal communication.

Modern Standard Arabic is used in writing, but it is also a spoken language in formal situations such as official meetings, academic lectures, conferences, cultural activities, cultural programs on TV or radio, diplomatic and political activities.

Learn more about the people who will be teaching you
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Our faculty bring the history, literature and philosophy of the past to life.

Study abroad

University-wide exchanges

Some of your most life-changing experiences at university can take place in another country. Dalhousie Student Exchange Services (DSES) provides students with information about programs and plenty of inspiration to encourage students to study abroad.

All Dalhousie University students can take advantage of the following exchanges and study abroad opportunities:

  • Exchange opportunities: Dalhousie has university exchange partners around the world. We can also help to arrange an exchange with a university not on our list.
  • Study abroad programs: Spend a year at Oxford University, the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, the Universities of Edinburgh or St. Andrew’s in Scotland, or the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Ireland.