Classical studies are a gateway to civilizations that still have a lot to teach us. The department's programs offer the chance to gain knowledge of ancient times through mythology, religion, Greek, Latin and philosophy, as well as linguistics, history, art and archaeology.

Why Classics studies ?

Are you a lover of art, antiques or sculpture?

Do you love wandering around museums? We have our very own museum of Graeco-Roman antiques. Our collection, which comprises a wide range of objects from the entire Graeco-Roman world, is an asset of which the department is justly proud. The museum regularly hosts touring exhibits and houses pieces belonging to Canadian and foreign collectors. 

All our programs are flexible and interdisciplinary. As a result, you will be well-prepared for a graduate or doctoral program. But regardless of your professional future, our undergraduate program will have prepared you to travel down the path of knowledge by imparting to you a sense of life's riches: classical culture, in-depth knowledge of languages, analytical skills. Armed with this knowledge, you will feel like the world is your oyster. 

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What you can expect from Classics studies

What can I do with my Classics studies? Visit the Career development site for detailed information.

Download the Program information from the uOttawa Viewbook (PDF 5.3 Mb)

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Greek and Roman Studies

Unlock the secrets of the Greek and Roman civilizations and the origins of the Western world. Our programs provide a chance to learn about ancient times through mythology, religion and philosophy, as well as languages, history, art and archaeology.

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Classics - Graduate Studies

The master’s program in Classics focuses on Late Antiquity, the important transitional period between the ancient and medieval worlds. By its complexity, the period favours a multidisciplinary approach that includes history, historiography, paleography, early Christianity and literature. The University of Ottawa is the only university in Canada that offers a master’s program in Classics dedicated to the study of Late Antiquity.

Courses with Variable Topics

Consult the list of special topics courses offered by the Department of Classics and Religious Studies.
View Fall 2023 courses

Contact us

Department of Classics and Religious Studies  

Desmarais Building, 10th floor
55 Laurier Ave. East
Ottawa, Ontario  
K1N 6N5  

Tel: 613-562-5714 
Fax: 613-562-5991 
[email protected]

Office hours 

Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 12:00 pm, 1 pm to 4:30 pm.