Classical Studies Minor (HBA)

Admissions Category: Social Sciences & Humanities


Program Overview

Classical studies is a pluridisciplinary field that involves disciplines such as history, literature, religion, languages and linguistics, art history, archaeology, and philosophy, and pertains to the study of wide areas of Europe, North Africa and Asia from c. 2000 BCE to c. 700 CE. The expression “classical” is commonly used to designate the areas and periods populated or dominated by the Greeks and Romans. Yet this was also a complex, heterogeneous, permeable, mixed and constantly evolving world in which the Greeks and the Romans were always intertwined with other peoples and cultures. Classical Studies at UTSC offers students both a thorough examination of the main features of the Greek and Roman worlds and a substantial introduction to the other peoples and cultures which were part of or interacted with it.

Complementary Programs:

 HistoryEnglishPhilosophyArt History, Arts and Media, FrenchAnthropology, Political Science

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

Competencies & Skills

  • Formulate research questions and design research projects to answer them
  • Gather historical evidence through archival, digital, and other methods
  • Marshall evidence to build arguments
  • Learn to critically evaluate sources and competing arguments
  • Present findings clearly and creatively in writing, public speaking, and digital formats
  • Recognize change, continuity, and other patterns in historical events
  • Compare and interpret societies, polities, and their transnational connections across space and time
  • Understand the present through the past

Careers for Graduates

  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • Editor or Copywriter in Publishing
  • Museum Professional
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Research or Policy Analyst in Government
  • Researcher/Analyst in Non-Profit or Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Tour Guide/Planner in Travel Services

Further Education

  • History
  • Classical Studies
  • Law
  • Teacher Education
  • Museum Studies
  • Information/Library Science
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Schedule an appointment with your Program Librarian for in-depth research assistance with your assignments.                                                    
  • Get writing and academic English support at the CTL Writing Centre.

Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • 1.0 credit in History and Culture courses: CLAB05H3CLAB06H3.
  • Use Degree Explorer and meet with your Program Advisor to ensure you are on track with your degree.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Get involved in relevant opportunities on and/or off campus; apply to Work Study, or other part-time and summer jobs on CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Check CLNx to search for Work Study (Jobs & Recruitment>Work Study) or volunteer positions on campus to gain experience and to get involved.
  • Read the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies newsletter to find out about events, volunteer and work opportunities.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).
  • Connect with your professors and advisors early to ensure you are on track with your post-graduation plans.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.

Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • 0.5 credit from the following Literature courses: CLAC11H3 or CLAC12H3.
  • 1.5 credits of elective courses in Classical Studies, Art History, English, Languages, Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, with at least 1.0 credit at the C- or D-level.
  • Use Degree Explorer to ensure you are on track with your degree.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Build on your skills and knowledge through relevant events offered through your department, student groupsDSL and the AA&CC.
  • Seek out research and volunteer opportunities with faculty.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Apply for an Academic Travel Fund through Department of Student Life (DSL) to research, present at a conference, or engage with the international academic community.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for summer and full-time positions relevant to your field.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning to work or further education.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend a Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course” and for access to full-time job listings.
  • Discuss your grad school plans with your professors and AA&CC staff and get your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.


  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (
  • HCSSA - Historial and Cultural Studies Student Association (
  • ISC - International Student Centre (
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (


Departmental Contact

Heather Seto

Phone: 416-208-2923

Classical Studies Librarian

Whitney Kemble

Location: ARC main floor
Phone: 416-287-7499

Academic Advising & Career Centre

Location: Room AC213
Phone: 416-287-7561

Department of Student Life

Location: Room SL157
Phone: 416-208-4760

Historical and Cultural Studies Student Association (HCSSA)

Did You Know?

image of ruins by the water

The ancient Greek and Roman worlds were connected to the societies of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, India & more.