Discover 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 civilization.

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 origin and evolution of western civilization between 700 B.C. and A.D. 1600. An understanding of civilization 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 110 The Graeco Roman Tradition Evolution and Reception
PHIL 121* Introduction to World Philosophies
ARCH 112* The Human Journey Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
FREN 122* Intermediate French I
GEOG 122* Earth History

Winter Term
CMRS 111 Medieval and Renaissance Civilization
ENG 114* Literature and Composition Reading Culture
CLAS 111* Roman Civilization
FREN 125* Intermediate French II
HIST 115* History Matters Ideas and Culture

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

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

CLAS 220: Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Explores the literary, archaeological, and iconographic evidence for domestic life in Athens and Rome in the Classical Period: houses, clothing, diet, marriage rituals, education, domestic chores, the drinking party, sexual mores. Emphasis on the challenge of interpreting the evidence provided by our sources and the ideological factors at play therein.

CMRS 333: Exploring Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
Introduces the student to basic elements in the study of manuscripts. The greatest portion of the course will involve guided transcription, annotation and analysis of manuscripts relevant to the research of the instructor. The texts in question will never have been edited and thus represent entirely original research. In part it will also involve learning about methods such as context function analysis, provenance research, and historical bibliography. Although this will be done initially through lectures, the experience of confronting pre-modern manuscripts first-hand in all of their richness will form the backbone of the course.

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 tremendously 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.


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

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $6,608 $18,040
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $9,055 $20,487

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 (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
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 $1,000-$2,000 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 2019
Dec 1, 2018
Documents due: Dec 15, 2018
Sep 1, 2018
Documents due: Oct 1, 2018
May 2019
Apr 1, 2019
Documents due: May 1, 2019
Feb 1, 2019
Documents due: Mar 1, 2019
July 2019
May 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 1, 2019
Mar 1, 2019
Documents due: Apr 1, 2019
September 2019
Aug 15, 2019
Documents due: Aug 15, 2019
May 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 1, 2019
January 2020
Dec 1, 2019
Documents due: Dec 15, 2019
Sep 1, 2019
Documents due: Oct 1, 2019

Ready to apply?

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

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