Are you curious about how and where Western culture began? Or perhaps you’ve always been intrigued by the drama and adventure of Greek myths. Or maybe you’ve just always really liked those action movies set in ancient Greece and Rome! Whatever catches your interest, Classical Studies at Nipissing will take you deep into the ancient world.
“The Department of Classical Studies and Modern Languages would like to announce the creation of The Ilse Mueller Memorial Scholarship in Classical Studies. Dr. Ilse Mueller immigrated to Canada from her native Hamburg, Germany in the late 1960's having never attended a post-secondary institution. She began her post-secondary studies much later in life, taking her BA in Classical Studies from York University in the early 1990's. She then went on to a Ph.D. programme in Ancient History at the University of Chicago and took her doctoral degree in 2000. After a brief appointment at Laurentian University, Dr. Mueller was hired at Nipissing in 2002 as a professor of Classical Studies. Between 2002 and 2016 Dr. Mueller worked tirelessly to transform the Classical Studies programme from a minor degree to a full specialised honours degree. Dr. Mueller's published research was in the area of Roman Social History with a special focus on marginalised groups such as widows, orphans, slaves, and the poor. Tragically, Nipissing lost Dr. Mueller in October 2016 after a sudden cancer diagnosis. The Classical Studies program thus lost its principal architect and the Classical Studies faculty lost a treasured colleague and friend. It was Dr. Mueller's wish that the lion's share of her estate be devoted to helping deserving students realise their full academic potential so they might continue to contribute to our understanding of the ancient world. In particular, Dr. Mueller believed in a hands-on approach to learning about antiquity and to this end The Dr. Ilse Mueller Memorial Scholarship in Classical Studies has been endowed to help the scholarship recipient defray the cost of attending summer archaeological field schools through the Balkan Heritage Field School programme. The recipients will be those Classical Studies students who are between their third and fourth years of study and who intend on pursuing graduate studies in Classics. We hope that this endowment will continue Dr. Mueller's legacy of the academic rigour and excellence she came to expect from her students.”
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Classical Studies
Certificate in Digital Humanities
Certificates available to all Nipissing students
Ancient History GeoVisage
Online interactive digital map of the ancient world
To further enrich your education, you can also get involved in our unique project: an online interactive digital map of the ancient world, created using NASA satellite mapping technology. Students can help plot important ancient sites on the map, and then add lists of primary (literary references or archaeological material) and secondary sources (scholarly literature) associated with the site. This project makes the tangible connections between history and real geographic spaces, and also gives you more opportunities to research and learn technology
The Ontario Classical Association is the only official advocate for students, teachers and professors of Classics in this province. Its mandate is the promotion and protection of Classical Studies in Ontario. The OCA provides on-going support and professional development for its members through its newsletter, annual meetings and symposia for teachers.
Nipissing's campus is located on a stunning 291 hectares of Canadian Shield forest. With our focus on student-centred living and learning, you will feel a sense of community the moment you step on campus.
The Harris Learning Library
The Harris Learning Library was completed in 2011 and provides 56,000 square feet of study space with natural light and a modern award-winning design. The new library features expanded print collections, a learning commons, an adaptive technology area, and collaborative work spaces.
Classical Studies Club
Get involved with the Classical Studies Club, an active group that organizes guest speakers, trips to places like the Royal Ontario Museum, movie nights, Greek and Latin poetry readings, social events and, of course, toga parties. The club also visits local high schools to speak to history classes about Classical Studies, and puts on Greek and Roman theatre performances.
A degree in Classical Studies is useful for many different career paths. If you’re interested in pursuing a graduate degree, an MBA degree, law school, or a Bachelor of Education program, your newfound knowledge of culture, history, and language will give you a great foundation.
Classical Studies graduates can pursue successful careers in archeology, museums, tourism, publishing, translation, public relations, archiving, and writing, to name just a few. When you’re armed with the knowledge and skills of a Classical Studies degree, where you go and what you do will be completely up to you!
If you’ve already completed an undergraduate degree and are looking to take the next step in your education, consider our Master of Arts degree in History. The program offers four fields of concentration—International, Gender, Canadian, and European—and consists of course work and a Major Research Paper. The Master program provides training for entry into a PhD program, and as well, develops your research, writing, and presentation skills that will expand your career options in a wide range of fields, including commerce, government, heritage, and teaching. In the spring, you can participate in the annual Graduate Student Conference by presenting your Major Research Paper (MRP) proposal to an audience of peers and faculty in preparation for defense of your MRP. You will also serve as a research or teaching assistant for a faculty member. This will give you teaching experience at the university level, and includes instructing, marking, and holding office hours. While the program is typically completed within a year, it is offered in both full- and part-time studies. Learn More...
Career and Academic Options
- Graduate Studies
- Professional School (Education, Law, MBA)
- Careers in research, library or museum services, and archaeology