Welcome to the Department of Classical Studies

Classical Studies offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. Whether your interests lie in the people, their art, literature, or history, if you want to learn more about the great classical forerunners of western culture, our department has much to offer.

Here you will find some of the most interesting, unusual, and significant course material for an understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world as a parent of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the modern western world.

Whether you want to major, minor, take some electives, or are pursuing a master's degree in Classical Studies, we welcome you and will endeavour to make the classical past alive and significant for you.

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Congratulations to Dr. Christina Vester and Dr. Pauline Ripat (University of Winnipeg in winning the The Elaine Fantham Award in Public Engagement.  The Award is given out by the CAC to individuals with exceptional projects, performances, or events that address communities outside the academy and that engage those communities with the ancient world, its reception, and/or individual research into these fields.

In tribute to Mac Lewis, who passed away in March 2020, the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo is honoured to create the Mac Lewis Memorial Award in Classics, in collaboration with his family and friends.