2018 - 2019

As the oldest academic discipline with traditions stretching back into antiquity itself, classics is the study of 2000 years of history in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations - from the Minoans and the Mycenaeans in the Bronze Age to St Augustine in Late Antiquity. It is one of the most holistic and multidisciplinary of modern academic fields. Students in classics study Greek and Roman societies in all their aspects including language, literature, history, philosophy, science and technology. It also covers the material culture of ancient society – the art, the houses, the fortifications, the temples, even the cooking pots. Modern western culture grows from these ancient roots, and knowledge of classical antiquity provides students with a broad cultural vocabulary, which helps them to understand western literature, laws and cultural institutions.



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STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 CH including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

Note: the suggested sequence of courses is flexible for this major.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first CLAS major courses CLAS 1120 and CLAS 1121 or CLAS 1130 and CLAS 1131.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take four CLAS courses at the 2000 level or above. 

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take two CLAS courses at the 2000 level or above and two CLAS courses at the 3000 level or above. 

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program regulations/requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take one CLAS course at the 4000 level and two CLAS courses at the 3000 level or above. 

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

STUDY TIPS

 

 

  • Request a final degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation by emailing audit_arts@mun.ca 
  • Have questions about your degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at arts_registrar@mun.ca
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider applying for grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors

 


CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

 

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Go to departmental welcome event and Classics society mixer.

Attend Classics speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department.

Think globally about your academic involvement.

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for your departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

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Sophie St. Croix lives in Paradise with her husband and works as an associate with Roebothan McKay Marshall. In 2009, she graduated from Memorial with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in classics and minor in history. Sophie was awarded the Gold Medal in classics as well as several awards and scholarships during her undergraduate studies.

After taking a year off to work as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, Sophie attended the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, graduating with her Juris Doctor in 2013. She completed her articles with Valerie Hynes of Roebothan McKay Marshall and successfully completed the Newfoundland and Labrador Law Society Bar Admission Course in fall 2013, earning the Hunt Award for highest overall average in the course, as well as awards for the highest scores on the criminal law and family law examinations. Sophie was called to the bar in February 2014 and continues to work as an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall. Her practice focuses on personal injury, civil and estate litigation, real estate, and family law.

In her spare time, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family and binge watching Netflix. She and her husband are busy with three cats – Bella, Abbie, and Roxy – and their year-old Goldendoodle, Sam.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

I do not think that I would have been surprised at where I am today. Although for a couple of years during my undergraduate work I seriously considered pursing graduate work in classics, I have wanted to become a lawyer since I was in the third grade. My undergraduate work was a wonderful time to take courses that interested me and at the same time they allowed me to develop the reading and writing skills that are so important to my career as a lawyer.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

My biggest challenge was moving to a new province and starting university without any of my friends. Before starting university, I moved to Newfoundland and Labrador from Alberta. My mother, Dr. Patricia Dold, is a professor of religious studies at MUN and is the department head of gender studies. She moved to St. John’s when I was in grade 11 in Alberta, so I stayed behind to finish high school but moved here after graduation. It was very intimidating to start university in a new place where I did not know anyone! This was particularly difficult for me because, although generally (I think) confident and outgoing in an academic and professional setting, I am quite introverted. I faced this challenge by engaging with my peers and I soon found that that Newfoundland generally, and Memorial in particular, is a very welcoming place and I felt at home very quickly.

What resources did you use while at Memorial?

The library was my favorite place; I often went there and had great help from the staff and research resources there. I also took the time to introduce myself to my professors and did not hesitate to ask for help or discuss ideas for papers, research, and so on.

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

I am not sure that I ever did this officially, but I often discussed my future plans with professors as I tried to decide whether to pursue graduate work or go to law school. In terms of planning my courses, I generally did this on my own.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

I was involved in dancing and some part-time work during my undergraduate studies, and I think those activities helped me develop time-management and multi-tasking skills that are very important in many careers, including law. It is also important to have other interests that keep you “sane” rather than focusing on studies all the time!

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

As I said, I have wanted to be a lawyer since I was in the third grade but I loved classics so much that I considered pursuing graduate work instead of going to law school. My mom gave me some advice that really helped me decide what I wanted to do. She said that, yes, doing something you are interested in is very important, but you need to think about what you want your life and career to look like, including where you want to be financially. It is fine to say that you are going to follow your dreams, but you also need to think seriously about what that will mean for your life and whether you are satisfied with that. I had a clear picture of my career goals and how I wanted my life to be and ultimately I decided that pursuing law was a better fit for me.

Did you participate in a study abroad program?

No. I am a bit of a terrible traveler – I am not sure that I could handle living in a different country for months at a time.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

You need to find a balance between preparing for your future career and pursuing studies that you are genuinely interested in. For example, if you are thinking of going to law school, there are not very many substantive courses that you “need” to take, but you will need to develop strong reading and writing skills. There are so many areas of undergraduate study and I think that if you choose courses based on subject matter you are actually interested in, you will probably be much more successful. I guess the message is: make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)