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Classics at Grenfell Campus

Classics is the study of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. Classical themes permeate Western literary and artistic traditions making classics courses particularly relevant to students majoring in English or visual arts as well as in historical studies or humanities. Classics courses at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, are divided into three groups:


  • Greek and Roman Civilization
  • Greek and Roman Literature (Epic and Tragedy, in translation)
  • Greek and Roman Mythology (Gods and Heroes)

  • Greek and Roman Art and Architecture


  • Surveys of Classical Greece, Rome, and the Hellenistic World (second year)
  • A focused look at Alexander the Great and the Macedonians (third year)


Latin and ancient Greek form the basis of most of the modern Western languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish). The study of Latin or Greek provides:

  • Greater comprehension of the modern languages
  • Understanding of the basic roots of scientific terminology
  • A linguistic foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in law or medicine



Students completing a minor in Classics must complete 24 credit hours in the following courses:

  • Classics 1100 (Life in Ancient Greece)
  • Classics 1200 (Life in Ancient Rome) 
  • Classics 2035 (History of Classical Greece)
  • Classics 2040 (History of Rome) 
  • Three credit hours in a Classics course at the 3000 level
  • An additional nine credit hours in any other Classics courses


Office of Student Recruitment

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Phone: (709) 637-6269