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A Bachelor of Arts in Classics focuses on the languages, literature, history, art, religion and intellectual life of ancient Greece and Rome—two cultures considered for their formative role at the beginnings of Western civilization and their continued influence on modern society.
Students may specialize in Classical Studies, Greek language and literature or Latin language and literature.
Unique courses and learning
Latin and Greek language courses are available at all levels, from beginner to advanced.
Students have the opportunity to participate in archaeological excavations conducted by department members and in field-study courses when available.
Summer can be a busy time for Classics students as you may apply for research positions or take part in an annual Latin summer reading group.
The scope of Classical studies is broad, offering students courses in History, Literature, Anthropology, Philosophy, Politics, Linguistics, Art History and Religion.
Students who major in classics have the flexibility and transferable research, writing and critical-thinking skills to take up careers in many different fields, either directly or after further study. Graduates of the classics program have pursued careers in:
- museum and archival work
- library and information sciences
- tourism and hospitality
What our students say
"I went on a student exchange to Liverpool, UK through the U of M’s International Centre. There, I studied ancient Egyptian culture, ancient Sumerian culture and even the Akkadian language. I truly cannot be more grateful for that experience, as I met people from all over the world, traveled through Europe, and learned how to live independently."
- Lauren Tisdale, classics student
The Department of Classics offers three and four-year Bachelor of Art degrees with options to take advanced majors or minors in classical studies, Greek and Latin.
BA degrees at a glance
BA General: 90 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all courses in the chosen major. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
BA Advanced: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all faculty-required courses. Students select a major and minor program of study or a double major in lieu of a minor.
BA Honours: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all courses. Students do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects for the double honours program. This is the preferred program for students looking to pursue graduate studies.
Bachelor of Arts (General)
Expected duration: 3 years
The general program offers general exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity to concentrate studies in at least two subject areas. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
A student must complete 90 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the major.
You can complete the BA General degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
Expected duration: 4 years
The advanced program offers a general education along with a reasonable degree of specialization in one area of study through the major.
Graduates of the advanced major program who demonstrate high academic performance may be eligible for entrance to graduate studies. The advanced degree is also well suited to students seeking to build an academic term or year of studies abroad into their undergraduate degree.
To earn a BA Advanced degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all faculty-required courses. The program requires at least 48 credit hours in a major subject area, as well as a minor field of study that includes a minimum of 18 credit hours in a subject area. In lieu of a minor, students may complete a double advanced major program.
Students should apply to enter the advanced program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete this degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Expected duration: 4 years
The honours program offers a rigorous examination of a particular subject area for those who desire a more specialized undergraduate preparation. This is the preferred program for students who wish to continue their education at the graduate level.
Students normally enter the program after first year, although you may be eligible to enter the program later in your undergraduate studies.
To earn a BA Honours degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses.
Students in the honours program do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects in the case of a double honours program. The program differs from the advanced program by requiring more courses in the honours field and by providing a greater intensity and depth of study.
Students should apply to enter the honours program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete the honours program on a part-time basis.
Earning a minor in Arts
A minor is comprised of 18 credit hours which are in a subject field that is different from a declared major. To earn a minor in a subject field as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, a student must successfully complete 18 credit hours in a subject field approved by the Faculty of Arts as a minor.
Minors offered by the Faculty of Arts are listed under each area of study’s section of the Academic Calendar. Arts students may complete minor programs offered by other Faculties/Schools providing the minor program consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours and all other degree requirements are satisfied.
Degree requirements for all BA degrees
Students in the BA General, BA Advanced and BA Honours degree must complete the following requirements as part of their degree:
- 6 credit hours of humanities
- 6 credit hours of social sciences
- 6 credit hours of sciences
- 3 credit hours of written English (W)
- 3 credit hours of mathematics (M)
- 3 credit hours of Indigenous course content (students entering as of fall 2021)
- 6 credit hours in each of 5 different subject fields
The 3 credit hours of written English and 3 credit hours of mathematics are to satisfy the written English and mathematics requirement.
For full details on these requirements, refer to the Academic Calendar.
Sample course offerings
- LATN 1080: Introduction to the Reading of Latin 1 (3 credit hours)
- CLAS 1280: Introduction to Ancient Roman Culture (3 credit hours)
- CLAS 1520: Greek and Roman Mythology (3 credit hours)
- CLAS 2180: Ancient Greece and Rome through Film (3 credit hours)
- CLAS 2710: Greek and Latin Elements in English (3 credit hours)
- LATN 2780: History of the Latin Language (3 credit hours)
- CLAS 3260: Hellenistic Civilization: History and Archaeology (3 credit hours)
- CLAS 3264: Pompeii and Herculaneum (3 credit hours)
- GRK 3750: Homer (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the classics BA program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online.
The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
You apply to the Bachelor of Arts program without selecting your major and minor areas of study (e.g., anthropology, political science, etc.). You make these choices after you are in the BA program.
Admission and application inquiries
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Department of Classics
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University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
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