Classical Studies (BA)

By choosing Classical Studies you will explore the ancient civilizations that fundamentally shaped our world and influenced the way we live and think today.

By choosing Classical Studies at Acadia, you will grow your capacity to understand the modern world and the significant global challenges we all face.

As a student of classics, you will learn about global history while focusing on archaeology, mythology, and the cultural legacy of Greece and Rome. In order to maximize your understanding of this rich historical context, you will develop language skills in Greek and Latin. The Classical Studies program stresses critical writing and reading skills. In fourth year, you will have the opportunity to write an honours thesis based on primary research in an area of your interest.

The study of classics is an exciting journey of intellectual discovery. It will equip you with a solid grounding in the humanities and can be put to good use in many careers and your professional development.

Be Inspired

Acadia offers a personalized education and classical studies offers you flexibility in course selection; so you will get to explore your interests. One of the first things you will notice when you arrive on campus is that you are a big part of your small classes. That increased level of contact and participation enhances your learning and improves your connection to professors and fellow students inside the classroom and beyond.

Our experienced faculty will encourage you to share your ideas as you gain insight into the civilizations that shaped our world and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to address complex issues facing society.

Future Careers

  • Archivist
  • Civil servant
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Museum curator
  • Policy analyst
  • Teacher

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

CLAS 1123
Roman Civilization
ENGL 1413
Writing & Reading Critically 1
LANG xx13
Language other than English
Introductory social sciences course
Introductory science course

Semester Two

CLAS 1113
Greek Civilization
ENGL 1423
Writing & Reading Critically 2
LANG xx23
Language other than English
Introductory social sciences course
Introductory science course


Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Acadia Classics Society
Acadia History Society


History and Classics
Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 441
10 Highland Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6