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Faculty of Humanities
Department of Classics
Important information about OGS applications:
Please note that for those wishing to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) to attend Brock University's Department of Classics MA program, it is now necessary to complete a Brock University OGS application and to submit it directly to the Department of Classics at Brock University by November 2, 2012. Applications and information are available at:
The Master of Arts in Classics emphasizes a holistic approach to the Greek and Roman worlds and encourages all students to study languages, literature, history, and material culture. Students continue to work on their Greek and Latin to ensure they can access the wealth of literary and documentary sources which have survived and still continue to surface. The program also assigns prominence to historical context and material culture, especially promoting active archaeological research and travel to the Mediterranean. The program is structured on the principle that these diverse approaches inform one another and produce a cross-disciplinary, well-rounded and thus broader understanding of the world and legacy of the Greeks and Romans.
Program requirements: information can be found here.
Questions: Please contact either the Graduate Office Assistant, Marilyne Antonucci (firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 4942) OR the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Angus Smith (email@example.com or ext. 3798).
The Department of Classics has a small collection of over 170 Cypriote artifacts housed in its Cypriote Museum. This study collection is intended to promote student familiarity with the protocols of handling such objects and with publication methodology. The department has a new, spacious archaeology lab where students can work with faculty on archaeological projects, with an adjacent storage room for the Cypriote collection. The current exhibit of our Cypriote collection has been curated by Lana Radloff who completed her MA at Brock in 2011 on the utility of decontextualized antiquities. The previous exhibit was curated by Helen Taylor (MA in Classics, 2009), a recent Brock graduate student, and Amanda Angelone, a senior undergraduate (BA in Classics, 2011), under the direction of Dr. Katharine von Stackelberg, with assistance from Dr. Barbara Burrell while she was a member of the Brock faculty.
The department also owns a slide and image collection, which is in the process of being digitized and stored in a database program. For on-line resources, see www.brocku.ca/library/research-lib/humanities/classics.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Innovation Trust have provided funds for the purchase of equipment intended for use on archaeological projects, including a Lexica TCR750 reflectorless total station and a Trimble Geoexplorer CE XT Global Positioning System.
The Department of Classics is an institutional member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the Canadian Institute in Greece. Faculty regularly conduct research under the auspices of these institutions, as well as at the British School in Rome and the American Academy in Rome.
The Department regularly offers overseas courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including the archaeological field school and study tours to Greece, Italy, and Turkey. Graduate students who have not previously excavated or participated in a study tour can enroll in these courses, and those that have may qualify for teaching assistant positions for these. In recent years, courses in advanced archaeological research have been offered in Greece and Turkey.
Faculty members conducting research overseas frequently take students to assist them: Dr. Angus Smith has worked with Brock students on Bronze Age sites in Crete and the Peloponnese, and Dr. Elizabeth S. Greene has taken students to work on shipwreck sites off the coast of Turkey and to study artifacts in the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Some financial assistance for overseas projects is available.
Upon completion of coursework, students have the opportunity to spend a semester in Athens through an internship program with the Canadian Institute in Greece.
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The University provides the best candidates with packages that include fellowships and teaching assistant positions. Dean of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships and Dean of Graduate Studies Excellence Scholarships are also available for excellent students.
The department has teaching assistantships in undergraduate courses in first-year Greek and Latin, Greek mythology; Greek and Roman civilization; Greek and Roman history; ancient sport; introductory and classical archaeology; Near Eastern and Egyptian, Greek and Roman art; and Greek sanctuaries. These are an integral part of the graduate student experience, providing valuable experience in the classroom.
There also may be positions to assist in the management of the slide collection and departmental website, and to assist faculty with their research. For further financial and fee information see: http://www.brocku.ca/gradstudies/current/financial.php
Applicants should have a BA Honours, or equivalent degree in Classics, with a minimum overall average of B (second class), a minimum average of 75% (B) in Classics courses and with at least two years in Greek and two years in Latin at the university level.
As part of your application, three reference reports must be submitted on your behalf. Once you have submitted your application (which includes providing the names and email addresses of your referees) and submitted payment, your referees will be emailed with instructions to complete the electronic reference report. Via your Brock portal account, you must upload a statement of intent (including research interests and goals) of not more than two pages in length; a representative piece of written work of not more than 20 pages; a list of which unadapted Greek and Latin authors you have read, including which works and parts thereof; and transcripts of all postsecondary course work. For detailed instructions on uploading documents, please visit https://www.experience.brocku.ca/Graduate_Study/uploaddocs.ezc
Applicants must also complete the Graduate Studies on-line application form, available at
Admission is not guaranteed by the attainment of the minimum of either university or graduate program admission requirements; it is a competitive process. For more information, please contact the department's Graduate Program Director, Dr. Angus Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For additional information regarding Graduate Studies at Brock, visit http://www.brocku.ca/gradstudies
Applications open for new award for Classics majors (May 31 deadline)
May 3, 2013 - 12:45am - June 1, 2013 - 12:00am
New exhibit on ancient technology now open in Brock's Cypriote Museum
March 15, 2013 - 5:00pm - August 30, 2013 - 5:00pm