Classical Studies and Modern Languages

Welcome to the Department of Classical Studies and Modern Languages

We offer the following degree options

Classical Studies at Nipissing

Nipissing University offers a variety of degree options in Classical Studies from a Minor all the way up to an Honours Specialization. Classical Studies students undertake a comprehensive investigation of the history, culture, and language of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East from the Bronze Age to the collapse of the Roman Empire. Classical Studies thus entails the study of the history, literature, art and archaeology, myth and religion, language (Latin and Ancient Greek), philosophy, and scientific thought of the ancient Mediterranean world. Particular attention is paid to how Classical civilization laid the foundations for the social, cultural, intellectual, and political history of later periods in the history of Western civilizations more broadly. The Classical Studies degree program provides an excellent foundation for people who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Classics or Ancient History, attending law school, or considering a degree in teaching. As part of a double-major, Classical Studies will also enrich your understanding of Western history, art, literature, and culture. A cross-listed anthropology course and summer field schools in Europe provide students with an opportunity to engage in basic archaeological research through integrated laboratory sessions, field trips, and excavations.

Modern Languages at Nipissing

Nipissing University offers Minor degrees in French and Spanish. Education students who take a Minor in French or Spanish generally go on to acquire qualifications as language teachers, however, a Minor in French or Spanish is an invaluable asset for students majoring in any other discipline, such as Business or Nursing, because language skills give graduates a competitive edge in professional employment markets. Studies in French language and Francophone culture are integral to understanding Canadian culture and identity from both a historical and modern perspective. French-speakers from around the world are changing Canada’s mosaic. A solid command of standard French and an introduction to its diverse cultural particularities are thus vital for those seeking to make an impact in business, education, government and public, policy, culture and the arts in Canada. For those seeking careers that will take them abroad, both French and Spanish are vital as French and Spanish speaking countries comprise some of Canada’s most important trading partners. Professionals who are proficient in both French and Spanish are in high demand by employers in both the public and private sectors.