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Ancient studies is a multidisciplinary program designed for students with a broad interest in the ancient world, with a focus on the ancient Mediterranean world, from the earliest times to the age of the emperor Justinian in the mid-sixth century CE. Because it is a multidisciplinary program, students will be introduced to a range of sources, approaches and theories used in the different contributing departments and disciplines.
• Four-year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts
• Topics include political and social history, economic systems, international relations, religion, literature, art and archaeology, etc.
• This program is for anyone who is interested in the roots of Western and other modern civilizations.
• Our program covers a period of over 4000 years in ancient history, literature, archaeology and civilizations.
• Smaller classes mean more attention from professors.
• Possibility to study and translate ancient authors according to students own preferences.
First Year Course Overview
CLAS 1006 – Greek Civilization
CLAS 1007 – Roman Civilization
+ Electives (6 cr.) Social Sciences
+ Electives (6 cr.) Science
+ Electives (12 cr.)
Why should students choose this program?
Our modern world was not born in a vacuum. By studying the ancient world, students will learn the facts and beliefs that are at the root of western civilization and will be able to contextualize what they learn in other fields. For example, they will understand how our vision of marketing and publicity is informed by ancient perceptions and how the analogies we use in science are rooted in the classical tradition.
Often thoughts that we believe are born “out of the box” are actually found in an ancient box.
• The first person to study the effects of the environment on human health was Hippocrates in the fifth century before our era.
• Julius Caesar was never emperor.
• Rome is the first civilization to make extensive use of concrete.
• In the Timaeus, Plato explains the dangers of deforestation.
Based on Grade 12 4U/M courses:
• 1 English
• 5 other courses
• Minimum average of 70%
Archaeology, civil service, journalism, law, library and museum work, public relations, teaching…
From other institutions:
Credit transfer opportunities are available from other postsecondary institutions and are typically evaluated on an individual basis. Some fast-tracking opportunities also exist.