Classics: General Information

Classics at the University of Alberta


Classics is the study of all aspects of the lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans. You can study their artwork, their culture, their history, their languages, their literatures, their philosophy, their technology, their social and scientific views of the world around them, and the artifacts they left behind.



*Gain a cross-cultural perspective on the roots of our society. Read some of the most influential texts of world civilization (in English or in the original languages), and study the material culture of some of the civilizations that shaped the modern world. 

* Classics courses help students develop their abilities in critical analysis, creative thinking, and effective oral and written communication. Our courses in Latin and Greek also deepen students' understanding of language and the roots of English vocabulary.

* Classics houses the W.G. Hardy Museum, with its collection of Near Eastern and Classical Antiquities. Our graduates are well-equipped to pursue careers in museums, and our museum offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as a student volunteer. 

* Our History and Classics Undergraduate Society holds study sessions, a book club, movie nights, and games nights. Constellations, our undergraduate journal, allows students to publish their work. 

*Our annual archaeological field school in Greece and our study-tour of Greece offer you hands-on experience.



There are two paths for Classics Majors. 

Classical Studies Major: between ★30 and ★48 in CLASS courses at the 200-level or higher, with at least ★18 at the 300-level or above, including at least ★6 at the 400-level. 

Classics and Classical Languages: Any combination of courses in CLASS, GREEK and LATIN, totalling a minimum of ★30 and a maximum of ★48 at the senior level, with at least ★18 at the 300-level or above, including at least ★6 at the 400-level. This program includes a minimum requirement of ★12 in Classical Languages (LATIN and/or GREEK). 

Our majors are also well positioned to pursue the new Certificate in Archaeology.

 A new single Classics Major will come into effect in September 2021, replacing the two above. That major will require in most cases some study of Greek or Latin -- bear this in mind and plan ahead.

 Be sure to check out our Classics Honors program, too! 

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 An undergraduate degree in Classics will prepare you to do research, think, ask questions, and communicate your ideas – skills that will take you in many different personal, intellectual and career directions. Classics graduates are particularly well equipped for careers in: 

ADVOCACY: lawyers, politicians, public service and nonprofit professionals

COMMUNICATION: film and television producers, journalists, writers, editors, also public relations/marketing work. 

EDUCATION: school teachers, university professors, directors of historic sites and museums

CULTURAL PRESERVATION and RESEARCH: Commercial archeologists, 

Museum and Historic sites curators, interpretation work with museums, art galleries and heritage organizations, public-sector arts administrators.



For advice about the Classics Major, contact Section Director Adam Kemezis or Undergrad Chair Jaymie Heilman

For advice about the Classics Honors program, contact Classics Honors advisor Frances Pownall


For information on graduate programs in Classics, please click here.