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  • Graduate Student Conference 2017

    Registration is now open for our 2017 Graduate Student Classics Conference.

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  • Apply to Classics Graduate Programs at McMaster University

    The online MA and PhD applications (Fall 2017 entry) are now open.

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  • Presentation of the Centre for Ancient Numismatics

    McMaster University and the Department of Classics are pleased to announce the launch of the Centre for Ancient Numismatics (CAN). The CAN creates a platform for hands-on, interactive learning and dynamic research focused on ancient coinage.

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  • Public Lecture Now Online: Democracy before Liberalism by Dr. Josiah Ober, 2015-2016 Hooker Distinguished Visiting Speaker

    This past March the Departments of Classics and Philosophy hosted Dr. Josiah Ober as their Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor.

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  • Parthenon may have been the Fort Knox of Ancient Athens

    Researchers have discovered evidence that suggests that the Parthenon may have stored millions of coins.

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  • Find out what our Undergraduate experience can offer you

    McMaster Classics graduates have found careers in fields as diverse as law, publishing, teaching, theatre, and more. Find out what we have to offer!

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Department of Classics

Classics is the study of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, especially (though not exclusively) Greece and Rome, and as such embraces a number of disciplines, including archaeology, history, philology, and philosophy. As the basis of western thought and culture, the study of Classics in all its aspects remains a critical and essential foundation for all inquiry into the Humanities. We prioritize the creation of well-rounded undergraduate and graduate students whose knowledge of Classical languages and civilization grows in tandem with their abilities in research, writing, and oral presentation. A Classics degree provides an excellent foundation for post-grad degrees in areas such as law, medicine, publishing, and information technology and is an excellent complement to other subjects in the Humanities or Social Sciences in a double major program.

We urge all students interested in any aspect of Greco-Roman culture (history, art, or archaeology), and especially anyone for whom graduate school is a possibility, to take as much Greek and Latin as possible, ideally one year of each language in all four years of an honours BA.

The Department of Classics at McMaster University offers programs leading to degrees at both undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate (M.A., Ph.D.) levels.


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    Undergraduate Programs

    A Classics degree enables students to gain a well-rounded view of contemporary society through a thorough examination of the ancient world, and in the process to acquire a valuable skill set to offer employers in different fields.

    For the most part, all of our undergraduate programs require students to take courses in history, archaeology, and philology in order to provide a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue higher degrees.

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    Graduate Programs

    The Department of Classics offers one M.A. program and one Ph.D. program.

    The deadline for completed applications to the graduate program is January 15th.

    In addition to the application required by the School of Graduate Studies, applicants are asked to send a writing sample of 5-10 pages along with their application (please do not send these as attachments).

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