Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university (refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements). Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

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Classics at UM

The Department of Classics is devoted to the study of the ancient Mediterranean civilizations of Greece and Rome. Classics programs focus on the languages, literature and material cultures of these civilizations, which are considered for their formative role at the beginnings of the whole of Western civilization and for their continuing influence on the modern world. The scope of Classical studies is broad and overlaps with several disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences such as History, Literature, Anthropology, Philosophy, Politics and Religion. This means that a wide variety of subjects and methods of investigation come within the experience of students who pursue the study of the Classical world.

If you are considering Classics, the department offers Major and Minor programs in Classical Studies, Greek, and Latin.

Program options

B.A. Advanced: 4 years
B.A. General: 3 years

Skills you will gain by studying CLASSICS

  • The ability to identify, analyze and solve problems
  • The ability to interpret information critically and imaginatively and to focus on essential details
  • The ability to integrate knowledge gained from a variety of sources
  • The ability to present arguments clearly and persuasively in writing and orally
  • The ability to work independently and under pressure


Year 1 - 30 credit hours

Academic success

Course requirements:
Classical Studies: CLAS 1270 and 1280
It is recommended that you take Greek or Latin minors with a Classical Studies major. These are also available as majors but require a meeting with the department advisor.

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.

Career tips

Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Attend department of classics events and programming.
  4. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  5. Register for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.

Volunteer and work experience

Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including the University of Manitoba Classics Students’ CollectiveArts Student Body CouncilUMSU or a language club.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Open House and other campus events.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-StudySTEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg or Student Leadership Development Program.

Cultural opportunities

Considering international opportunities?
Attend International Week in February for information about opportunities around the world. Visit the Language Centre and consider taking a Travel Study course this summer.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit Migizii Agamik or the International Centre for Students, take part in the Intercultural Retreat, join community associations including Association of Manitoba Museums, or the Arts and Cultural Industry Association Youth Mentorship program or learn about local agencies via the 211 Manitoba.

Year 2 - 60 credit hours

Academic success

Course requirements:
Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3-or-4 year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. When choosing a minor, take courses that will open opportunities.
  3. Consider taking Greek and Latin language courses.
  4. Be aware that Classics courses rotate.

Career tips

Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with the Archaeological Institute of America and the Classical Association of Canada.
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

Volunteer and work experience

Explore student research opportunities: Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award and inquire about research assistant postions.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out the Manitoba MuseumVolunteers in Public Service (VIPS), Canadian Museums AssociationManitoba Association of MuseumsWinnipeg Arts Council and Charity Village.

Get excavation experience: Take a field course or volunteer on a dig.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador or apply to be a board member through Volunteer Manitoba.

Cultural opportunities

Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange or Students Without Borders internship, internship with the Canadian Institute in Greece or join the International Council of Museums, a service-learning program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the Community Engaged Learning. Consider learning a new language and about a new culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours

Academic success

Course requirements:
Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a Faculty of Arts advisor for advanced program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).
  3. Interested in graduate work? Consider studying modern languages.

Career tips

Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as World Trade Centre Winnipeg and Stu Clarke Centre for Entrepreneurship.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate StudiesExtended Education or other academic institutions.

Volunteer and work experience

Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Canadian Heritage Information NetworkYoung Canada Works internships and summer jobs, Lower Fort GarryRiel House, and Manitoba Museum.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the International Youth Internship Program.

Cultural opportunities

Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

Year 4 - 120 credit hours

Academic success

Course requirements:
Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a Faculty of Arts advisor for advanced program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

Career tips

Start job search 9 months in advance:
Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school:
Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.

Volunteer and work experience

Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Job BankFind My JobIndeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

Cultural opportunities

Prepare to work in a multicultural environment:
Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus. Get access to through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.

Sample Jobs

Sample jobs with an undergraduate degree and related experience

Options requiring other education

What do employers want?

Industries such as arts and culture, community development, education, government, information science and tourism would value a classics degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Digital technology
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Information management
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education and take advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

Get one-on-one help

  • Meet with a career consultant

    Drop-in to see a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career strategy, CV, job search and interview preparation. Drop-in sessions last 30-45 minutes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis:

    • Mon: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Tues: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Wed: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Thurs: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m

    You can also call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment at the Fort Garry or Bannatyne campus.

  • Talk to an academic advisor

    Talk to an academic advisor who will guide you to resources to help you make important decisions for your future. Advisors are specialized, often by program, faculty/school or unit.

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Department of classics

364 University College
220 Dysart Road
(204) 474-9502,