Classical Studies

Classical Studies examines the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and their contributions to Western civilization.


Classical Studies examines the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and their contributions to Western civilization.

Classics offers the unique opportunity to gain new perspective on our language, literature, culture, and political structure by examining their roots in ancient Greece and Rome. These classical civilizations provided the cultural foundations of the western world, as well as the basis of many other elements of our modern life.

Classics is unique among modern academic disciplines in the breadth of its approach to its subject — it is a field in which you must be simultaneously linguist, literary critic, anthropologist, sociologist, and historian of politics, religion and art.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours


At Mount Allison, Classics offers the opportunity to study these ancient cultures through courses in history, mythology, art, archaeology, language, and literature.

The history and literature of Greece and Rome can be approached either in the original languages or through courses using English translation.

Introductory courses focus on:

  • classical civilization
  • mythology
  • archaeology

Upper year studies specialize in topics like:

  • Greek democracy
  • Roman emperors
  • health and medicine
  • Greek and Roman drama, poetry, and art

You also have the opportunity to study classical languages — and even minor in: ancient Greek and Latin.

Classical Studies is available as:

  • BA major (60 credits)
  • BA honours (72 credits)
  • Minor in any degree (24 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

Greek Art and Archaeology class with Dr. Ilaria Battiloro

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Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Classics Studies graduates include:

  • heritage researcher/interpreter
  • lawyer
  • curator/museum education
  • teacher
  • librarian
  • archivist
  • cultural resource manager
  • archaeologist
  • tour organizer/guide
  • human resources manager
  • art dealer/administrator
  • conference/event planner
  • publisher
  • tourism development officer
  • exhibit designer/marketer
  • journalist
  • conservation officer
  • historic buildings inspector


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The Department of Classical Studies is a tight-knit community where you will have small class sizes and get to know your professor very well! The department also has many travel opportunities to conduct hands-on experience in the field.

Honours Classical Studies, minors in Geography, Greek, Visual and Material Culture Studies
Peterborough, ON
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I really appreciated the Classics department's expertise, kindness, and opportunities for student growth. I deeply valued the opportunities to travel and learn.

Price Lautenschlager
Honours English, major in Classical Studies
Sackville, NB


J.E.A. Crake Foundation

The Classical Studies program benefits from the support of the J.E.A. Crake Foundation. The foundation funds a number of initiatives for the department, including:

  • Crake Travelling Scholarship for Summer Study in Greece or Italy — awarded to a second or third-year student in Classics
  • Annual Crake Lectures, bringing leading international scholars to Mount Allison
  • A departmental reading room and audio visual resources

Archaeological Field School

The Classics department offers a summer learning program in Italy that gives you the opportunity to learn archeological techniques as part of a research team on a working excavation.

You will learn to assist in the excavation, collection, and recording of artifacts, as well as in the processing and study of the finds.


Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts.

Academic Awards


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Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second in student and faculty awards in its latest University Rankings. To date, 56 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars — one of the best per capita records in Canada.

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