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Undergraduate Studies

BA and minor degree programs in Classics

The Department of Classics offers you the chance to tailor your degree to suit your interests. For example, the student taking an honours degree in classics can choose between concentrations in Ancient Literature, Ancient History or Ancient Philosophy.

Whatever you choose, it's strongly recommended–but not essential–that you begin the study of at least one of the classical languages during your first year of study. For purposes of meeting grouping requirements, some ancient and Medieval philosophy classes may be counted either as classics credits, or philosophy credits.

Bachelor of Arts in Classics (BA)

Degree requirements

BA with Honours in Classics

Requirements:

  • a full credit in a single subject from each of three subject groups: Languages and Humanities; Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Physical Sciences
  • a writing class. Taking either Ancient History: An Introduction to the History of the Ancient World (CLAS 1010.06) or Classical Mythology (CLAS 1100X/Y) will satisfy the first-year writing requirement.
  • a language class

Plus:

  • Nine to eleven credits at the 2000 level or higher in Classics. From these classes students must take the following:
  • Three credits at 3000 level or higher in Classics
  • Five credits in Greek and Latin (two in one; three in the other)
  • Completion of the Honours Examination (Classics 0400.00)

Whether the Honours degree is awarded in Ancient Literature, History or Philosophy depends on the area of the department's offerings in which a larger part of the work is done.

Preparing for graduate studies:

Candidates for Honours and Combined Honours degrees who anticipate continuing their studies at the graduate level in Classics should consult the calendars of the graduate schools of their choice concerning requirements for entry. It may be the case that additional preparation in the classical languages or in other aspects of ancient civilizations is required for certain programs.

BA with Combined Honours in Classics

Classics may be taken as part of a combined honours program with other disciplines. Students interested in such programs should consult with the undergraduate advisors of the respective departments.

Requirements:

  • a full credit in a single subject from each of three subject groups: Languages and Humanities; Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Physical Sciences
  • a writing class. Taking either Ancient History: An Introduction to the History of the Ancient World (CLAS 1010.06) or Classical Mythology (CLAS 1100X/Y) will satisfy the first-year writing requirement.
  • a language class

Plus:

  • Five to eight classes at or above the 2000 level in Classics. From these classes students must take the following:
  • Three credits in either Latin and/or Greek
  • Two credits at the 3000 level or higher in Classics
  • Honours Examination CLAS 0400.00, if the major work is done in classics

20-credit BA with Major in Classics

Requirements:

  • a full credit in a single subject from each of three subject groups: Languages and Humanities; Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Physical Sciences
  • a writing class. Taking either Ancient History: An Introduction to the History of the Ancient World (CLAS 1010.06) or Classical Mythology (CLAS 1100X/Y) will satisfy the first-year writing requirement.
  • a language class

Plus:

  • Six to nine credits at or above the 2000 level in Classics. From these credits students must take the following:
  • At least three credits at or above the 3000 level in Classics
  • Students are encouraged to take two language classes in Greek and/or Latin.

20-credit BA with Double Major in Classics

Requirements:

  • a full credit in a single subject from each of three subject groups: Languages and Humanities; Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Physical Sciences
  • a writing class. Taking either Ancient History: An Introduction to the History of the Ancient World (CLAS 1010.06) or Classical Mythology (CLAS 1100X/Y) will satisfy the first-year writing requirement.
  • a language class

Plus:

  • Students must complete 10-14 credits in the Major subjects at the 2000 level or higher. From these students must take the following:
  • No less than five and no more than eight credits at the 2000 level or higher in Classics.
  • Of these credits, two must be at the 3000 level or higher.
  • Students are encouraged to take at least one language class in Greek or Latin.

15-credit BA with Concentration in Classics

Requirements:

  • a full credit in a single subject from each of three subject groups: Languages and Humanities; Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Physical Sciences
  • a writing class. Taking either Epic, Drama and Philosophy: A Survey of Greek and Roman Literature (CLAS 1000X/Y), Ancient History: An Introduction to the History of the Ancient World (CLAS 1010.06) or Classical Mythology (CLAS 1100X/Y) will satisfy the first-year writing requirement.
  • a language class

Plus:

  • Two to six credits at or above the 2000 level
  • At least two credits at or above the 3000 level

Note:

  • The department is glad to assist students in working out programs according to their interests.
  • The programs of all students majoring or honouring in the department must be approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.


Minor options

Minor in Classics

Requirements:

Students declaring a Minor in Classics will complete a minimum of 3, maximum of 4 full-credit equivalents in Classics at the 2000-level or higher.

Minor in Ancient History

Requirements

Students must take a minimum of 3, maximum of 4 full-credit equivalents from the following list, including the listed language classes.

Class options

  • CLAS 2021.03 Ancient Art and Architecture
  • CLAS 2027.03 Magic, Religion & Philosophy
  • CLAS 2209.03 The Roman World from Constantine to Theodosius
  • CLAS 2214.03 The Roots of Greek Civilization
  • CLAS 2215.03 The Classical Greek World
  • CLAS 2216.03 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Kings
  • CLAS 2220.03 Ancient Israel
  • CLAS 2231.03 The Rise of Rome
  • CLAS 2232.03 The Fall of Rome
  • CLAS 2233.03 Roman Legions and the Barbarians
  • CLAS 2334.03 Death, Sex, and Gold in the Ancient World
  • CLAS 2281.03 Christian Beginnings: The Orthodox and Oriental Churches
  • CLAS 2282.03 Christian Beginnings: Catholicism
  • CLAS 2365.03 Plato and the Case of Socrates: Philosophy on Trial
  • CLAS 3016.03 Meetings Between Hellenism and the East to Philo the Jew
  • CLAS 3017.03 Meetings Between Hellenism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam until the Renaissance
  • CLAS 3205.03 Fall of the Roman Republic
  • CLAS 3501.03 Herodotus: Father of History, Father of Lies
  • CLAS 3502.03 Thucydides and the Greek World at War
  • CLAS 3780.06 Greek Historians
  • CLAS 3791.03 Greek Historians in Translation
  • CLAS 3760.06 Reading and Research of Greek Texts (when appropriate)
  • CLAS 3850.06 Reading and Research of Latin Texts (when appropriate)
  • CLAS 4100.03 Reading and Research of Latin Texts (when appropriate)
  • CLAS 4540.03 Ammianus Marcellinus and his World

Not more than one full-credit ancient language may be counted towards the Minor:

  • CLAS 2710.06 Greek Prose
  • CLAS 2700.06 Intermediate Greek
  • CLAS 2810.06 Latin Prose
  • CLAS 2800.06 A Study of Latin Prose and Poetry

Note: Not all classes are offered each year. Please consult with the timetable for classes offered.

 

 

Minor in Classical Literature

Requirements:

Students must take a minimum of 3, maximum of 4 full-credit equivalents from the following list.

Class options:

  • CLAS 2100.06 Gods, Heroes, and Monsters: Ancient Mythology
  • CLAS 2515.03 Myth into Film I: the Greek World
  • CLAS 2700.06 Intermediate Greek
  • CLAS 2710.06 Greek Prose
  • CLAS 2800.06 A Study of Latin Prose and Poetry
  • CLAS 2810.06 Latin Prose
  • CLAS 3515.03 Greek Tragedy
  • CLAS 3516.03 Ancient Comedy
  • CLAS 3525.03 Ancient Greek Epic
  • CLAS 3700.06 Advanced Greek
  • CLAS 3760.06 Reading and Research of Greek Texts
  • CLAS 3800.06 Roman Satire
  • CLAS 3810.06 A Study of Virgil
  • CLAS 3820.06 Advanced Latin Literature: Augustan Poetry and Prose
  • CLAS 3850.06 Reading and Research of Latin Texts
  • CLAS 4710.03 Special Topics
  • CLAS 4820.03 Special Topics
  • CLAS 4060.03 Boethius and Prosimetrum: Poetry and Prose in the Consolation of Philosophy
  • CLAS 4070.03 The Confessions in Latin
  • CLAS 4100.03 Reading and Research in Latin Texts
  • CLAS 4540.03 Ammianus Marcellinus and his World
  • CLAS 4580.03 Reading and Research

Note:  Not all classes are offered each year.  Please consult with the timetable for classes offered.

 

Minor in Classics: Ancient Philosophy

Requirements:

Students must take a minimum of 3, maximum of 4 full-credit equivalents from the following list, including the listed language classes.

The classses are to be chosen from the lists below and must include at least 1.5 credits chosen from:

  • CLAS 2365.03 Plato and the Case of Socrates: Philosophy on Trial
  • CLAS 2366.03 Gods, Beasts, and the Political Animal: Plato, Aristotle, and their Legacy
  • CLAS 3400.06 The Dialogues of Plato
  • CLAS 3500.06 Aristotle
     

Philosophy Classes:

  • CLAS 2024.03 Philosophy and God
  • CLAS 2027.03 Magic, Religion and Philosophy
  • CLAS 2365.03 Plato and the Case of Socrates: Philosophy on Trial
  • CLAS 2366.03 Gods, Beasts and the Political Animal: Plato, Aristotle, and their Legacy
  • CLAS 3016.03 Meetings between Hellenism and the East to Philo the Jew
  • CLAS 3017.03 Meetings between Hellenism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam until the Renaissance
  • CLAS 3400.06 The Dialogues of Plato
  • CLAS 3411.03 St. Augustine’s Confessions I
  • CLAS 3412.03 St. Augustine’s Confessions II
  • CLAS 3431.03 St. Augustine’s On the Trinity Part I
  • CLAS 3432.03 St. Augustine’s On the Trinity Part II
  • CLAS 3500.06 Aristotle
  • CLAS 3900.06 The Philosophy of Aristotle
  • CLAS 3910.06 Neoplatonism: Plato and Neoplatonism
  • CLAS 4060.03 Boethius and Prosimetrum: Poetry and Prose in the Consolation of Philosophy
  • CLAS 4019.03 Philo Judaeus
  • CLAS 4400.06 Philosophy of the Church Fathers
  • CLAS 4500.06 Seminar on Neoplatonism
  • CLAS 4601.03 Hellenistic Philosophy – Stoics and Epicureans
  • CLAS 4602.03 Hellenistic Philosophy – From Scepticism to Neoplatonism

Language Classes:
(Not more than one full-credit ancient language class may be counted towards the Minor)

  • CLAS 2710.06 Greek Prose
  • CLAS 2700.06 Intermediate Greek
  • CLAS 2810.06 Latin Prose
  • CLAS 2800.06 A Study of Latin Prose and Poetry

 

Note:  Not all classes are offered each year. Please consult with the timetable for classes offered.

 

Minor in Classics: Medieval Philosophy

Requirements:

Students must take a minimum of 3, maximum of 4 full-credit equivalents from the following list, including the listed language classes.

The classes are to be chosen from the lists below and must include at least 1.5 credits from:

  • CLAS 3381.03 Medieval Philosophy from Augustine to Anselm
  • CLAS 3382.03 Medieval Philosophy from Arabic and Jewish Thinkers to Aquinas
  • CLAS 4550.06 Medieval Interpreters of Aristotle
  • ARBC 3040.03 Arabic Philosophical Texts: al-Ghazali (or CLAS 4010.03 Islamic Philosophy: al-Ghazali)
  • ARBC 3050.04 Arabic Philosophical Texts: Maimonides (or CLAS 4011.03 Jewish Philosophy: Maimonides)
  • CLAS 4018.03 Christian Theology in Islamic Lands: John of Damascus

Philosophy Classes:

  • CLAS 2024.03 Philosophy and God
  • CLAS 2027.03 Magic, Religion and Philosophy
  • CLAS 3016.03 Meetings between Hellenism and the East to Philo the Jew
  • CLAS 3017.03 Meetings between Hellenism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam until the Renaissance
  • CLAS 3381.03 Medieval Philosophy from Anselm to Augustine
  • CLAS 3382.03 Medieval Philosophy from Arabic and Jewish Thinkers to Aquinas
  • CLAS 3411.03 St. Augustine’s Confessions I
  • CLAS 3412.03 St. Augustine’s Confessions II
  • CLAS 3431.03 St. Augustine’s On the Trinity Part I
  • CLAS 3432.03 St. Augustine’s On the Trinity Part II
  • CLAS 3841.03 Latin Philosophical Texts: Aquinas Texts
  • CLAS 3842.03 Latin Philosophical Texts: Anselm and Bonaventure Texts
  • CLAS 3910.06 Neoplatonism: Plato and Neoplatonism
  • CLAS 4060.03 Boethius and Prosimetrum: Poetry and Prose in the Consolation of Philosophy
  • CLAS 4070.03 The Confessions in Latin
  • CLAS 4400.06 Philosophy of the Church Fathers
  • CLAS 4450.06 Medieval Interpreters of Aristotle
  • CLAS 4500.06 Seminar on Neoplatonism
  • CLAS 4602.03 Hellenistic Philosophy – From Scepticism to Neoplatonism
  • CLAS 4010.03 Islamic Philosophy: al-Ghazali / ARBC 3040.03 Arabic Philosophical Texts: al-Ghazali
  • CLAS 4011.03 Jewish Philosophy: Maimonides / ARBC 3050.03 Arabic Philosophical Texts: Maimonides
  • CLAS 4018:03 Christian Theology in Islamic Lands: John of Damascus
  • CLAS 4019.03 Philo Judaeus


Language Classes:
(Not more than one full-credit ancient language class may be counted towards the Minor)

  • ARBC 2020.06 Intermediate Arabic
  • ARBC 3030.03 Advanced Arabic I
  • ARBC 3031.03 Advanced Arabic II
  • CLAS 2700.06 Intermediate Greek
  • CLAS 2710.06 Greek Prose
  • CLAS 2810.06 Latin Prose and Poetry
  • CLAS 2810.06 Latin Prose
  • CLAS 2900.06 Intermediate Hebrew

 

Note:  Not all classes are offered each year. Please consult with the timetable for classes offered.

 

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