Courses & Course Enrollment

Current Undergraduate Courses

Download the current Department of Classics Undergraduate Brochure 2017-2018 to get more course and syllabus information.

NOTE: Not every 300-level CLA course is offered every year; LAT and GRK 300- and 400-year courses are offered on the basis of even-numbered course codes on even-numbered years, and odd-numbered on odd-numbered years. 300- and 400-level LAT and GRK courses meet at the same time, usually with the 400-level students doing extra material, with the 300-level covering less material and often less class time than the full four hours per week.

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Waiting Lists

  • All courses at the University of Toronto have limited enrolment, determined by the resources, both physical (rooms) and personal (instructors and teaching assistants) that can be devoted to them. Classics courses, like those in most other departments, routinely reach their capacity. When they do, the enrolment program (ACORN) places students in a ranked waiting list.
  • The system is entirely automated. Neither the instructor nor the Undergraduate Coordinator can change a student’s position on the list.
  • For 300-level CLA seminars, students enrolled in the Classical Civilization Major and Minor Program, have priority access for several weeks prior to the beginning of classes. Until the Priority is removed, other students will not be permitted to apply, and it will appear that the course is full. Once the priority has been lifted, all students have the same standing in access to the course and in placement on the waiting list. These courses have limited enrolment (currently 40) and usually fill up with students in the Classical Civilization programs, so it is important to establish your status in the program before you apply to these courses.
  • Students on waiting lists do get into courses. Just before classes start, students who have been assigned places in courses, but have not in fact paid fees and registered, will be removed from courses. In addition, there are always students who decide to drop a class after the first meeting when they realize it is not what they expected or wanted. But if you are well down on a waiting list, you should probably consider other options. You SHOULD NOT attend a class “in the hope of getting in” if the classroom is full. You will be placing the University in contravention of Fire Regulations.

Auditing Classes

The Department of Classics has no general departmental policy about auditing classes, and leaves the decision about permitting auditors into their courses to individual instructors. It is obviously good practice and good manners to approach instructors for permission before attending any class.

No record is kept of auditors, no work is graded, and no fee is charged for participation.

Potential auditors should note that:

  • Many language classes, especially the Introductory courses GRK101, GRK102, LAT101 and LAT102, expect students to submit a lot of work to be graded—tests, quizzes and the like—and students need to do this work regularly and receive feedback from instructors in order to profit from the class. Since auditors are simply attending the class, they cannot expect the instructors to grade and comment on their work. As this is an essential component of the learning process, auditing is not generally encouraged in Introductory Language classes. Those who wish to attend these courses must be formally enrolled in order to profit from them; graduate students in particular should consult their graduate department about the conditions under which they can be enrolled in undergraduate courses.
  • Very many CLA courses, as well as a few in GRK and LAT, reach their enrolment capacity and generate substantial waiting lists in most sessions. Auditing is not permitted when a class is full with registered students. For most classes, the enrolment limit is determined by the capacity of the room, and it would be a fire hazard (and hence, illegal) to permit more students to attend than the stated capacity of the room. If there are more persons attending than the number authorized for the room, those not registered in the class will be asked to leave.

Independent Studies

  • CLA 400H1 and 401H1, GRK 428H1 and 428H1, and LAT 428H1and 429H1 are course numbers set aside for students to do independent study under the supervision of an individual instructor. They are advanced courses, for which the prerequisite is a full credit at the 300-level in the appropriate area. Students who are allowed to take these courses will usually be in the final year of a Major or Specialist Program.
  • The student should take the initiative in approaching a potential instructor with a proposal for a topic of study. CLA 400H1 and 401H1 are more likely to involve intensive research in a topic resulting in a major essay, while GRK/LAT 428H1/429H1 may involve the close supervised reading of texts not otherwise covered in the curriculum. Course requirements should resemble those for a scheduled course at the same level.
  • Once students and potential instructors have agreed on a topic for study and a plan on how to manage the course, they should complete the Independent Studies Approval Form, and bring it to the Undergraduate Coordinator for approval.
  • Students cannot enrol in Independent Study courses on the Student Web Service (ACORN), but will be enrolled in the course by the Department, based on the information on the form.