The Department of Classics offers programs studying the world of ancient Greece and Rome. Courses and programs in Classical Civilization do not require the study of Latin and Greek; the programs in Classics, Greek and Latin do. Study of both languages can be started at university.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Honours Bachelor of Arts Programs

  • Classical Civilization (major and minor)
  • Classics (Greek and Latin) (major)
  • Greek (major and minor)
  • Latin (major and minor)


First-Year Courses

    • CLA 160H1 - Introduction to Classical Studies
    • GRK 101H1 - Introductory Ancient Greek I
    • GRK 102H1 - Introductory Ancient Greek II
    • LAT 101H1 - Introductory Latin I
    • LAT 102H1 - Introductory Latin II


    Advice for First Year

    CLA 160H1 is required in all programs. GRK and/or LAT 101H1 and 102H1 are required for Classics, Greek and Latin programs. 

    Students planning graduate study (MA or PhD) in classical literature, ancient  history, or Greek and Roman archaeology should begin the study of the languages as soon as possible; if not in year 1, then in their second year.

    Enrolment in the programs in Classical Civilization requires the completion of two half-courses in the Classics department. Besides CLA 160H1, students should enrol in their first year in at least one second-year Classical Civilization half-course, none of which have any prerequisites.



    A degree in classics will prepare you for life after university at least as well as any subject in the arts and humanities.  You will learn how to work efficiently, accurately and in an organized way; to master new skills and areas of knowledge quickly; and most of all, to express yourself articulately, coherently and persuasively. 

    The wide range of disciplines included in a classics program also promotes an exceptional level of intellectual flexibility and adaptability which is highly valued by employers. 

    While some classics graduates will continue with specialist studies within the discipline to become teachers and researchers, many more go into a wide variety of other careers. 

    Recent graduates from the University of Toronto are enjoying successful careers in journalism, computing, law, advertising and the civil service.



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    First Year