“The Brock Classics MA program stands out because of its young, dynamic, and engaged faculty. There’s a real emphasis on teaching here, both in and out of the classroom. Students have the opportunity to engage with faculty not only in the classroom, but also in our offices and hallways, in our Cypriote Museum, and especially with our annual research and study programs in the Mediterranean.”
— Dr. Roberto Nickel, Graduate Program Director
The Master of Arts in Classics emphasizes a holistic approach to the Greek and Roman worlds and engages students in the study of languages, literature, history, and material culture. Students have the option to continue their study of Greek and Latin in order to ensure that 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.
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. R. Angus K. Smith has worked with Brock students on Bronze Age sites in Crete and the Peloponnese; Dr. Elizabeth S. Greene has taken students to work on shipwreck sites off the coasts of Turkey and Sicily, and to study artifacts in the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology; and Dr. Carrie Ann Murray has worked with students on the island of Pantelleria at the Lago di Venere site. 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.
In addition to the general MA program, students may specialize in one of two “fields”: one in Classical Art and Archaeology and one in Text and Culture.