Classics and Ancient History

Department of Classics and Ancient History 

General Office: Carleton Hall, Room 209
Mailing Address: Department of Classics & Ancient History
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4762
Fax: (506) 447-3072
Email: classics@unb.ca
Website: http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/arts/departments/classics/
Chair: Dr. Maria Papaioannou

Faculty 

  • Kerr, William G., BA (Tor), BA (Oxon), MA, PhD (Prin), Assoc Prof - 1987
  • MacDonald, Carolyn, BA (King's/Dal), MA (Dal), PhD (Stanford), Assist Prof - 2016 
  • Papaioannou, Maria, BA (Thessalonike), MA, PhD (UBC), Assoc Prof - 2005
  • Sears, Matthew A., BA (UNB), PhD (Cornell), Assoc Prof - 2013

General Information

"Classics"

  • is the study of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome through their literary and material remains
  • embraces the distant pre-history of these civilizations as well as their continuing influence on modern society
  • offers a multicultural, interdisciplinary approach to the classical world through the study of languages, history, literature, mythology, religion, archaeology, art, and philosophy

Courses Offered

  • Latin [LAT]: students are taught [in English] to read and write Classical Latin. Students without previous experience in this language begin the study of Latin with LAT 1103.
  • Greek [GRK]: students are taught [in English] to read and write ancient Greek. Students without previous experience in this language begin the study of Greek with GRK 1203.
  • Modern Greek [GRKM]: through the auspices of the Centre for Hellenic Studies at UNBF, students are taught [in English] to read, write, and speak Modern Greek. Students without previous experience in this language begin the study of Modern Greek with GRKM 1003.
  • Classics [CLAS]: students study the political, social, and cultural life of the Greeks and Romans through lectures, visual illustrations, and assigned readings in English translation. Students begin with the study of the Classical Civilizations in any introductory course (CLAS 1323, 1403, 1413, or 1503)

Credit in History

Selected advanced CLAS courses may be counted for credit in programs in the Department of History, up to a maximum of 12 ch. Consult the History section of the calendar for a list of these courses.

Classical Archaeology

CLAS courses in classical archaeology may be taken as part of either a Classics or Classical Studies program. They may also be taken as part of the Archaeology Interdepartmental Program in which students can combine the study of classical and anthropological archaeology. Consult the Archaeology section of the Calendar for more details.

Programs of Study

Students should be aware of the difference between the two program options offered by the Department.

Classics

Key to the study of Greece and Rome is a critical knowledge of the works of ancient authors in their original languages. This means tha thte study of Latin and Greek is necessary for anyone seriously contemplating advanced professional standing or even graduate work, in any area of Classics. Therefore, students intending to pursue the study of ancient Greece or Rome beyond the BA are directed to the program in Classics (which includes the study of both Latin and Greek). Moreover such students are strongly advised to commence their language study at the earliest possible stage of the degree program.

Classical Studies

The study of the classical cultures of Greece and Rome may also be undertaken as a more general exploration of the rich heritage of modern western culture. Therefore, students with a keen interest in Greece and Rome who do not intend to pursue graduate study of these ancient cultures are directed to the program of Classical Studies. This program may lead to professional training in law or journalism or education etc., or serve as a valuable complement to a primary academic discipline (such as History, English, Sociology, or Political Science).

Honours, Majors and Minors

 

Note: The Deparment of Classics and Ancient History requires a grade of C or above in all courses that count towards Major or Honours requirements.

Honours

Students normally apply for admission to an honours program in Classics or Classical Studies during their second year, pending their successful completion of 60ch of university study with a CGPA of at least 2.5. Admission to the Honours programs normally requires the completion of at least 12ch of courses taught in the Department of Classics ad Ancient History, including at least 6ch of a Classical language for those students chooing the CLASSICS option.

Honours in Classics

Students studying for Honours in Classics must complete the following courses:

  • Introductory Latin and Greek: 1103/1113 and 1203/1213
  • Intermediate Latin and Greek: 2105 and 2205
  • Beginning Reading in Latin and Greek: 3105 and 3205
  • Advanced courses in Classics, Latin, or Greek totaling 27 ch (of which at least 6 ch must be language courses)

Students studying for Joint Honours in Classics and another discipline must be complete the Introductory, Intermediate and Beginning Reading requirements for Honours in Classics, and 15 ch of Advanced courses in Classics, Latin or Greek (of which at least 3 ch must be a language course).

Honours in Classical Studies

Students reading for Honours in Classical Studies must complete the following requirements:

Students reading for a Joint Honours in Classical Studies must complete the Latin and/or Greek requirements for Honours in Classical Studies, and 24 ch of advanced courses in Classics, Latin, or Greek.

Majors

Students wishing to Major in Classics or Classical Studies normally declare their major during their second year after they have seen their Department advisor.

Major in Classics

A Major in Classics requires the completion of the following courses:

  • Introductory Latin and Greek: 1103/1113 and 1203/1213
  • Intermediate and Beginning Reading Latin or Greek: 2105/3105 or 2205/3205
  • Advanced Classics, Latin, and/or Greek: 27 ch (of which at least 3 ch must be a language course)

A Double Major in Classics and another discipline requires the completion of the language courses for the Major, and 21 ch (of which at least 3 ch must be a language course) in advanced Classics, Latin, or Greek courses.

Major in Classical Studies

A Major in Classical Studies requires the completion of:

  • 42 ch of courses in Classics, Latin, or Greek, of which at least 30 ch must be advanced courses. (While there is no language requirement in this program, the Department encourages each student to attempt the study of the classical languages.)
  • A Double Major in Classical Studies and another discipline requires the completion of 36 ch of courses in Classics, Latin, or Greek, of which at least 24 ch must be advanced courses.

Minor

A Minor in Classics consists of 24 ch of courses offered by the Department of Classics and Ancient History, including at least 12 ch of a classical language and 12 h of advanced courses in Latin, Greek, or Classics.

 - A Minor in Classical Studies consists of 24 ch of courses offered by the Department of Classics and Ancient History, including at least 12 ch of a classical language and 12 ch of advanced courses in Latin, Greek, or Classics.

- A Minor in Ancient Philosophy consists of 24 ch of courses offered by the Department of Classics & Ancient History and the Department of Philosophy as follows:

UNB TERM IN ATHENS

The Department of Classics & Ancient History, in cooperation with other departments in the Faculty of Arts at UNBF, offers students an opportunity to spend a term in Athens studying UNB courses offered by UNB professors. Each student participant enrolls in an integrated 15 ch program which combines classroom work in state-of-the-art teaching facilities with field trips, cultural experiences, extended travel to other areas of Greece, and a cruise visiting several Aegean islands.

The program includes:

  • 3 credit hours of language study: GRKM 1003: Modern Greek I - An introduction to language skills which will enable students to gain a basic ability to speak read and write the language of modern Greece. [Prerequisite: none]
  • 6 credit hours of classical archaeology and art history: CLAS 3603: The Art and Architecture of Greece I - A survey of outstanding examples of the art and architecture of Greece at important archeological sites and in major museums in Greece. [Prerequisite: successful completion of 30 ch of university courses]; CLAS 3605: Ancient Athens - A practical workshop introducing students to the ancient city's Greek and Roman remains which are found at archaeological sites and museums in and around Athens. [Prerequisite: successful completion of 30 ch of university courses]
  • 6 credit hours in the discipline of the collaborating department: The collaborating department will vary from year to year. Students are encouraged to enquire concerning departmental plans in future years.

Courses will be conducted both in the classroom and "on-site", and will include standard UNB reading and writing assignments and final examinations. Note that trave costs are not included in the tuition for these course.

Credit Courses from Cognate Disciplines

The Department of Classics and Ancient History will accept for Classics credit courses in ancient philosophy [PHIL 3301, PHIL 3302], and archaeological methods and practice [ANTH 3342, ANTH 3352, ANTH 3353] to a maximum of 12 ch.