The only university in the Province of Québec to offer both undergraduate and graduate studies in Graeco-Roman and Judeo-Christian antiquity, Université Laval is also the only Canadian university to offer a single program of study that combines Graeco-Roman antiquity, the ancient Near East and Judeo Christian tradition. Laval’s ancient studies program distinguishes itself from those of other Canadian and European universities by its flexible curriculum, multidisciplinary approach (literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, religious studies, etc.) and wide spectrum of ancient Classical and Near Eastern language courses. These qualities make it one of the most diverse and exciting programs in Canada.
Université Laval’s ancient studies programs pool teaching resources in order to draw on an array of disciplines. A number of the University’s Departments and Faculties are brought together under the umbrella of the Institut d’études anciennes. This enables all professors who deal with aspects of ancient studies to guide students through different fields of antiquity research (Graeco-Roman and Near Eastern antiquity, ancient philosophy, history and archaeology, Judeo-Christian tradition, Western and Eastern Christianity, Greek, Latin and Near Eastern languages and literature, Gnosticism and Manichaeism, Medieval history). Through their originality and integrated approach, our undergraduate and graduate programs offer instruction and specially adapted methods for students who are interested in humanist thought. By exploring and broadening our knowledge of the origins of Graeco-Roman and Judeo-Christian societies, we are able to better understand their role as the very roots of our civilization.
A people-oriented program in a vibrant atmosphere
The people-oriented approach of Université Laval’s ancient studies programs means that students receive thoughtful and personalized attention. Professors, under the umbrella of the Institut d’études anciennes, are available to advise and guide students through their development. Fostering relationships, support and collaboration, the Institute creates a vibrant work environment for both students and professors. An active and friendly student association organizes festive events, making it easy for new students to feel welcome. Association members contribute to resolving problems that may arise in the academic workloads of students in the various programs. Through their associations, students are encouraged to participate in the creation of an energetic and stimulating work environment within the Institut d’études anciennes et médiévales.
Université Laval offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in ancient studies.
Four undergraduate programs in ancient studies provide students with a solid foundation for further studies or full-time employment.
- Bachelor’s of Ancient Studies (90 cr.) acquaints students who have a broad understanding of ancient civilizations and languages with basic research principles and techniques of the scholarly approach. Students can participate in research projects at the Institut d’études anciennes et médiévales.
- Certificate in Classical Studies (30 cr.) provides students with basic instruction in Classical studies from a literary and historical point of view. This program can segue into the Bachelor’s program.
- Micro-program in Greek Studies (15 cr.) designed for teachers, students and members of the general public interested in acquiring a general overview of Greek language and civilization. This program can segue into other programs.
- Micro-program in Latin Studies (15 cr.) designed for teachers, students and members of the general public interested in acquiring a general overview of Roman language and civilization. This program can segue into other programs.
For detailed descriptions of these undergraduate programs, visit the french version.
At the Institut d’études anciennes et médiévales, graduate students will discover a dynamic and evolving environment. Students and scholars from various disciplines come together to learn collaboratively and share in the numerous learning and research opportunities that ancient studies have to offer.
Students have many opportunities to participate in the various projects led by the members of the Institut d’études anciennes et médiévales. For details about specific projects, visit our french website.
- Master of Ancient Studies with thesis (45 cr.) offers a well-balanced combination of theory, methodological analysis and research (thesis). Graduates go on to work in education, publishing, translation and museology, among other fields. For more information on this program, admission requirements and course offerings, visit our french website.
- Doctorate in Ancient Studies (90 cr.) contributes directly to the advancement of knowledge in the field of ancient studies. This program provides doctoral candidates with an inspiring and multidisciplinary context in which to conduct their research and gain teaching experience. For more information on this program, admission requirements and course offerings, visit our french website.
Grants, financial aid and monetary prizes are available to students at all three levels of study. For details on this funding, visit our french website.
Student life through association
Student life is an active and stimulating part of the ancient studies experience. Student associations at both undergraduate and graduate levels contribute immensely to this vibrant atmosphere.
At the undergraduate level, the Association des étudiants et étudiantes en études anciennes (AEEEA) defends and promotes the interests of its members. Founded in 1998 and now an active part of the University community, the association provides structure and guidance to students throughout their academic careers. It offers access to the Institute’s library (DKN 5244), a quiet place where students can study and work collaboratively. The AEEEA Student Council has a five-member executive committee. One representative from each year of study joins the programs committee each year. Other committees are formed as needed for specific activities, such as the graduation, orientation and initiation activities.The AEEEA sends a member delegate to seat on the administration board of the Institut d’études anciennes.
At the graduate level, the Association des étudiantes et étudiants gradués en études anciennes (AEGEA) assembles students from the Master’s and Doctoral programs in ancient studies, as well as from other programs connected with antiquity. Active organizer of scientific events, the association accomplishes its primary objective—to foster students’ integration into the world of research—by funding graduate students’ participation in conferences and seminars or hosting visiting lecturers. As part of its mission to defend the rights of and advocate for its members, it also stays abreast of grants, events and employment opportunities related to ancient studies. The AEGEA sends a member delegate to seat on the student investment fund and a representative from each level of study on the administration board of the Institut d’études anciennes et médiévales.
A student colloquium gives Master’s and Doctoral students in ancient studies an opportunity to share their research findings before publicly presenting or defending them. Every two years, students and professors come together for a whole day to meet, discuss and share their research perspectives. This student‑led event helps to forge strong connections between a host of people from a variety of fields and also promotes research opportunities.
For more details, please visit our french website.