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October 23, 2014
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Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Laurier 

Focusing on the period from the dawn of European civilization in Greece to the fall of the Roman Empire, Ancient Mediterranean Studies examines: 

  • the development of the first democracies 
  • the empire of Alexander the Great 
  • the rise and fall of Rome

Part of the Department of Archeology and Classical Studies, Ancient Mediterranean Studies allows students to explore the language, literature, history, politics, philosophy and culture of Greece and Rome. 

Program highlights  

  • Students can enhance their studies with courses in related disciplines, such as English, languages and history. 
  • The Department of Archeology and Classical Studies offers opportunities for undergraduate fieldwork. Previous classes have travelled to Italy and Greece.

Courses offered 

First Year

  • The Greek World
  • Roman Civilization
  • Greek 
  • Latin

Popular courses

  • Greek and Roman Mythology - The Gods, Sport in Greece and Rome
  • Greek and Roman Mythology - The Heroes

Admission requirements 

4U Requirements IB Requirements  Admission Range 
English at 60%  HL or SL English at 4 

Mid 70s

IB Minimum score: 28  


Our Ancient Mediterranean Studies graduates can be found anywhere the ability to think analytically is required.

  • teaching (there is currently a strong demand for Latin teachers)
  • law
  • policing
  • government 
  • business

Student experience 

000Gerber.jpgHer fascination for Greek and Roman history drew Kendra Gerber to Laurier’s Ancient Mediterranean Studies program. “I have been pleasantly surprised by learning more than just the history,” she reflects. “Most professors include lectures about the architecture and art of both empires.” 

Gerber chose to attend Laurier because of the great things she heard about the courses, professors and campus. As a student, she’s discovered that smaller class sizes mean she can get to know her professors, and benefit from their knowledge and experience beyond the traditional classroom setting. “I love meeting professors and seeing their passion for their area of study. It gets me even more excited about my classes!” 

After graduation, Gerber would like to continue working in the subject area she loves, maybe as a Museum Curator. She acknowledges, however, that she might end up pursuing her passion in a career she hasn’t considered yet. “There are so many options at Laurier – who knows what doors will open up!”