Department of Classical Studies

Classical Studies offers you the opportunity to explore and enjoy the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. Whether your interests lie in the people themselves, or in their art, their literature, their history, as long as you want to learn more about the great classical forerunners of western culture, our Department has much to offer you. 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, presented to you in a variety of class types and teaching techniques.

Even if you do not intend to major in Classical Studies, we welcome you in any of our courses. No matter how many or how few courses you decide to take, we will endeavour to make the classical past alive and significant for you.

The Faculty of Arts acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. 

  1. Apr. 24, 2019Meeting with Consul-General of Greece and CEO of Study in Greece

    On April 1, the Consul-General of Greece, Mr. Victor Maligoudis, and Prof. Christos Michalakelis, CEO of Study in Greece, met with Prof. Ian Rowlands of Waterloo International, Matthew Coleman and Riemer Faber of the Department of Classics and of the Institute for Hellenistic Studies to talk about advancing student experience in Greece, courses abroad, and academic networking with colleagues in Greece.

  2. Apr. 1, 2019Congratulations to Stavros Stavroulias!

    Congratulations to Stavros Stavroulias! Stavros will be Valedictorian for the Faculty of Arts convocation this coming spring. This is a well deserved accolade for our Medieval Studies & Speech Communication double major. Stavros, as you all know, is involved in a myriad of clubs, activities, and studies. To name but a few roles Stavros has taken on: Consul of the Classical & Medieval Students Society, student representative on the Arts Endowment Fund, VP Academic representative for the Arts Student Union, pop up art show participant, and the list goes on.

  3. Apr. 1, 2019Congratulations to our own Professor Sheila Ager!

    Congratulations to our own Professor Sheila Ager! Sheila will become the Dean of Arts on July 2019. She has long carried out important service roles at the University of Waterloo. Among these roles are the following: Chair of Classical Studies, Interim Chair of Fine Arts, member of Senate, member of the Board of Governors, Associate Dean, Arts, and the Director of the Academic Leadership Program. And these are just highlights! In addition to being a superb administrator, she is recognized as one of our Department's strongest teachers and mentors.

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Meet our people

Craig Hardiman

Craig Hardiman

Associate Professor/Director of Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies


PhD, Ohio State University
MA, University of Western Ontario
BA, Concordia University
BComm, Concordia University

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