Programs of Study (POSts)

Undergraduate Programs in the Classics Department                 

Download the official Classics Undergraduate Brochure 2015-2016.

Programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science are called Subject “POSts” (Programs Of Study).

Students select their Programs/POSts once they have completed their First Year, defined as 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs). Students may request enrolment in Programs/POSts starting April 1 using the Student Web Service (SWS).

Programs in the Classics Department are listed in the Arts and Science Calendar:

NOTE: The Classics program requires courses in Greek (GRK) and Latin (LAT), and the programs in Classical Civilization do not.

The Major and Minor Programs in Classical Civilization

  • Do not require the study of Latin or Greek. Undergraduate students who plan to continue on with advanced study in the field of Classics, including MA and PhD programs in this University, should choose GRK and LAT courses, and programs in Greek, Latin, or Classics (= Greek and Latin).
  • Are limited in enrolment. (Type 2 Subject POSts). Application is for a limited time period (April-May), with a second request period in the summer (July-August).
  • Since students in Classical Civilization programs have priority access to 300-level CLA seminar courses, they should make sure they have been accepted into these programs before applying for these courses. Application to courses begins in July for the following Fall and Winter sessions.
  • The basis of admission to these programs is 2 half-courses with a CLA designator, with a grade of 65 or higher. This means 2 individual marks above 65, not an average.
  • CLA 160H1 is not required for admission to the programs, but is mandatory for completion of all programs, and a prerequisite for most CLA 300-series seminars. It should normally therefore be one of the 2 half-courses chosen.
  • CLA 200-series courses have no prerequisites and applicants should take at least 1 200-series course, in addition to CLA 160H1, before applying to the Classical Civilization programs.

The programs in Classics, Greek, and Latin are not limited (Type 1 Subjects POSts)

  • They require primarily courses in GRK and LAT, and 1 FCE in CLA (CLA 160H1 and CLA 260H1)
  • Once they have completed 4.0 courses, students may apply to these programs at any time in the summer preceding their second year (in 2010, April 1 – September 26).
  • No specific courses are required for admission to these programs, but students planning to enrol in them should normally take GRK and/or LAT 101H1 and 102H1, and in CLA 160H1 in their first year.

Combining Programs

  • A 4-year Honours BA degree requires the completion of 1 Specialist program, or 2 Major programs, or 1 Major Program and 2 Minor Programs.
  • Students may take two Programs in the Classics Department (e.g. a GRK major and a LAT major, or a Major in Classics and a Major in Classical Civilization).
  • They may also combine a program in Classics with a program sponsored by another department.

“Double Counting”

  • Since CLA 160H1 and CLA 260H1 are required in all programs, students who enrol in two different programs sponsored by the Classics Department must make sure that they complete a total 12.0 different full-course equivalents (FCEs) in the two programs combined

Course Substitutions

Students are permitted the following substitutions in Program sponsored by the Classics Department:

  • Courses in GRK and LAT may be substituted for CLA courses in the Major and Minor programs in Classical Civilization
  • Courses in Medieval Latin (SMC 222H1, 323H1, 436H1) may be substituted for LAT courses
  • Approved courses involving the study of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations taught by other departments may be substituted for CLA courses in the Classical Civilization Programs
  • Courses in FAH and PHL are accepted automatically. These include the following courses:
    • FAH 206H1, 207H1, 300H1, 303H1, 304H1, 305H1, 309H1, 310H1, 311H1, 312H1, 313H1
    • PHL 200Y1, 301H1, 302H1, 303H1, 304H1
  • Students combining programs in Classical Civilization with programs in Art or Philosophy will need to complete a total of 12.0 different FCEs (see “Double Counting” above).
  • Courses from other departments may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator, preferably before taking the course. It will help to bring a syllabus for the course being considered.