Classical Studies

Take your love for Homer beyond the Simpsons

Delve into the roots of Western civilization and gain a deep understanding of ancient Greece and Rome — cultures that continue to shape our thinking and our society today.

Discover the enduring ideas of greats like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Master enough ancient Greek and Latin to study classic texts in their original language. Explore the many facets of antiquity: from history, religion, and philosophy to art, science, and technology.

Meanwhile, you’ll have lots of room to round out your education with courses from other departments or faculties and with work experience through co-op. Once you’ve graduated, the broad thinking demanded by the program will serve you well in a range of careers, including law, policy, culture, education, and more.

Choose from two majors

  • Classical Studies
  • Classics (includes learning Greek and Latin)

Program highlights

Enjoy great discussions. Do more than just take notes. In our small classes, you’ll have lots of opportunity for debate and discussion.

Study overseas. The Acropolis is calling! Take advantage of study-abroad opportunities in the Mediterranean, or do an internship with the Canadian Institute in Greece.


  • Available as a regular or co-op program
  • Classical Studies is also available as a minor
  • Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies or Classics
  • Offered by the Faculty of Arts

What will you learn? 

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take two introductory Classical Studies courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be Classical Studies courses.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Classical Studies degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular choices include History and Peace and Conflict Studies.


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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Classical Studies as your major at the end of first year. 

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.

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