Discover some of the roots of the modern world by examining the development of culture and thought from Graeco-Roman antiquity through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. Explore, understand and appreciate ancient languages and the literature, art, ideas, and historical movements that informed Western civilizations.

Quick facts
  • Four-year degree
  • Full- or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will examine the development of European cultures and societies between 700 B.C. and A.D. 1600. An understanding of these societies requires the integration of three dimensions: the historical (including archaeology and the history of society and politics); the intellectual (including philosophy, science, and religion); and the cultural (including languages, arts, drama, literature, and architecture). You will apply this understanding to a particular discipline and period of cultural tradition.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

Course Description

Fall Term
CMRS 110a The Graeco Roman Tradition Evolution and Reception
LATN 112a Latin for Beginners I
ENG 113b Literature and Composition Reading Narrative
HIST 195c History Matters Indigenous Perspectives on Canadian History
MATH 101d Quantitative Reasoning

Winter Term
CMRS 111a Medieval and Renaissance Civilization
LATN 113a Latin for Beginners II
CLAS 111a Roman Civilization
ARCH 112e The Human Journey Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
GEOL 109e The Earth and Life through Time

a Required or eligible course for the major
b One of the course options to complete the English Language Writing Requirement
c One of the course options to complete the Indigenous Learning Requirement
d One of the course options to complete the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
e One of the course options which may be used in the Breadth, Cognate, and/or Electives Requirements

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

CLAS 242: Ancient Art and Architecture II: Graeco Roman World
A study of the Art and Architecture of the Graeco-Roman World (200 B.C. to A.D. 400), with focus on the Roman adaptation and transformation of Hellenistic Greek aesthetic practices and principles in the spheres of architecture, sculpture, interior decoration, and luxury crafts.

HIST 211: Martyrs, Mystics, and Madmen: Making the Medieval Saint
In the world of late antiquity, the veneration of saints became a focus of the religious and cultural life of Christian communities. But what is it to be a saint? Many were martyrs and miracle workers, but we also find holy madmen, transvestites, prostitutes. In this seminar we explore the diverse representations of sanctity in the hagiographical tradition of the Middle Ages, addressing both the literary and the historical questions raised therein. We ask how Christian communities in the later Roman Empire conceived of sanctity. We address questions of gender and empire, ritual and the body, memory and the use of the past. We explore the array of evidence for the cult of the saints—both literary and material—first in an attempt to understand the complex of practices and beliefs that accompany its emergence but also to recognize more broadly what this institution can tell us about the Mediterranean world of late antiquity and Medieval Europe.

CMRS 403: Analysis and Public Exhibition of Cultural Artifacts
Independent study of a particular cultural artifact or artifact type, culminating in the public presentation of an exhibit in the Museum of Antiquities. Includes practical experience as a volunteer in the Museum. Contact CMRS director for details.

The Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies program is unique to the University of Saskatchewan. No other program in North America approaches these three periods as a whole.

Program customization
The program's multi-disciplinary approach gives you the freedom to customize your degree, taking any number of courses from anthropology, archaeology, art, art history, drama, English, history, languages, music, philosophy, political studies and religious studies.

Learning environment
The diversity of disciplinary interests among the students and faculty has created a rich intellectual environment of discussion, exchange, and informal learning. The Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies community includes numerous internationally acclaimed scholars, a growing cohort of strong young academics, and uniformly excellent teachers. CMRS students are given opportunities to engage in original research and to make meaningful contributions to current scholarship.


Some career opportunities include:

  • Museum or gallery curator/director
  • Teacher/professor
  • Archivist
  • Historian
  • Prop designer
  • Antiquities dealer
  • Cultural interpreter
  • Foreign affairs/diplomat
  • Film researcher
  • Historical site guide
  • Librarian

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $7,547 $36,528
Student fees $1,121 $1,121
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $10,168 $39,149

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2024-2025 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2024
Dec 1, 2023
Documents due: Dec 15, 2023
Sep 1, 2023
Documents due: Oct 1, 2023
May 2024
Apr 1, 2024
Documents due: May 1, 2024
Feb 1, 2024
Documents due: Mar 1, 2024
July 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
Mar 1, 2024
Documents due: Apr 1, 2024
September 2024
Aug 15, 2024
Documents due: Aug 15, 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
January 2025
Dec 1, 2024
Documents due: Dec 15, 2024
Sep 1, 2024
Documents due: Oct 1, 2024

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CAD is required before your application will be processed.

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