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Undergraduate Programs

You may ask, what kind of job can I get with a Classics Degree? In the recent past, McMaster Classics graduates have found careers in such fields as law, publishing, theatre, librarianship, church ministry, museums and art galleries, and hotel management, as well as in teaching at both the high school and university levels.

A Classics program trains students to understand ancient culture from different perspectives and through different approaches, and so to understand better the world in which we live. Communication and research skills are central to every Classics program. Consider the variety of talents which come together in the study of Classics: the skills of an historian, literary critic, archaeologist and art historian, and the abilities to focus on two different cultures and work in two (or more) different languages. 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 (i.e. Latin and/or Greek) in order to provide a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue higher degrees.


Students in a Classics Program may choose courses from the following subfields:

  • Ancient History and Society
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Classical Archaeology and Art History
  • Classical Literature in Translation
  • Greek Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature

With the approval of the Department of Classics and the Associate Dean of Humanities (Studies), students who have completed 60 units of work in any Honours Program in Classics may replace all or part of their Level III work by courses of study at a university or equivalent institution abroad. Consult the Department for further details. Students may receive up to six units of credit for archaeological field work at an approved Classical site. Consult the department for further details.

Students intending to do graduate work in the field of Classics should note that most universities offering such programs require undergraduate work in Greek and Latin for admission. These students are strongly encouraged to include Greek and Latin courses as early as possible in their program. Students intending to do graduate work in the field of Classics are strongly encouraged to include a thesis course (CLASSICS 4T06) in the final level of their program.

McMaster offers the following Classics programs:

Students wishing to enter these programs must complete an Application for Admission to Level II in mid-March in order to be considered for admission.