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Classical Studies Major

Classical Studies

Admission Requirements

The Benefits of the Classical Studies Major

 Rediscover Ancient Civilizations and Societies

Delve into the roots of our Western cultural traditions and to understand the permanent value of the original development of classical Greek and Roman humanism to modern humanism.

 Advance Your Study of Greek and Latin

Engage in advanced study of both Greek and Latin to further understand ancient cultures, societies and histories, including literary works from Greek and Latin ancient authors.

 Engage with Field Schools and Independent Projects

Explore the history and culture of ancient civilizations through field schools in Italy, Greece or Turkey or take on independent projects.

Why Classical Studies?

If Latin phrases like “Homo sum; humani nil a me alienum puto,” meaning “I am human; I think nothing human foreign to me” by Terence speak to your interests – you are in the right place.

The Classical Studies program at the U of G is intended particularly for students interested in Greek and Roman culture, society and history, as well as the value of Greek and Roman contribution to modern humanism. For those who want to explore the connection between democracy and ancient civilization, the works of Homer and other Latin literature, and ancient philosophy and fine art, this program is the one for you.

Students in the Classical Studies (CLAS) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying European Studies, Art History, History, Studio Art, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

  • Introduction to Classical Culture
  • Preliminary Greek and Greek Language and Culture
  • Preliminary Latin and Latin Literature

  • Classical Mythology
  • Western Art: Greece
  • The Classical Tradition
  • Religion in Greece and Rome

  • Roman Art and Urbanism
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

  • Novel and Romance in Antiquity
  • Research Paper in Classics
  • Seminar in Classics

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