Ancient Studies (BA)

Explore the mythology, politics, philosophies, and societies of early civilizations from around the world in this interdisciplinary program. Bring what you learn in the classroom and the skills you develop with historical materials into a career in education, law, government, tourism, or the arts and culture sector.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you can add to your Ancient Studies program:

  • Take a capstone seminar in your upper years, which will give you the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience and develop professional writing and presentation skills.
  • Study abroad for an academic term and become immersed in another culture.
  • Participate in a summer travel course to see and learn about another part of the world.
  • Thinking about graduate studies? Participate in the faculty-led research opportunities available to you.

Check out the Ancient Studies Experience and Career Guide for more!


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Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term)     OUAC code: UH

Program Options and Courses

Multiple Perspectives

Explore the ancient world through a variety of disciplines. You'll take courses on the ancient civilizations of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. But you can also take courses in History, Archaeology, Philosophy, and Religion in Culture as you explore the literature, myth, politics and philosophies of the first civilizations, including:

  • China
  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Mesopotamia
  • Rome

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Applied Digital Option
  • Music and Cultural History Option
  • Research Specialization

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

You'll have the option to select two of the following courses:

  • Ancient Heroes: Story and Tradition
  • Ancient History in a Global Context
  • Ancient Rome: Not Just Caesar

In addition, you'll choose 4.0 elective credits in courses that interest you.

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Who Owns the Past?
  • Crime and Justice in Antiquity
  • Magic and Religion in the Ancient World
  • The Afterlife in Ancient and Medieval Thought

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Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • acquisitions editor
  • curator
  • foreign service officer
  • immigration officer
  • lawyer
  • market research analyst
  • project manager
  • public policy analyst
  • technical writer

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

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