What will I learn?


For the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Ancient Studies program, you'll study 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:

  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • China
  • Mesopotamia


In this program, you’ll learn how these ancient periods influence present and future culture, society, community relationships, and social and political development.

You’ll acquire the skills to assess the accuracy of historical information, custom and context. You'll also be able to provide direction and input on the development and use of historical references and materials.

In your fourth-year capstone seminar, you'll have an opportunity to gain hands-on research experience.


Ancient Studies is a flexible program that allows you to develop and follow your interests. There are no prerequisites on courses. The flexibility of our program is ideally suited to those interested in combining Ancient Studies with a second major.

Program Highlights

  • A capstone course experience: as you progress in this program, you’ll move into progressively smaller classes where you’ll get to know the faculty. Third-year classes are capped at 40 students, and fourth-year classes at 15.
  • A range of first-year classes to choose from: Ancient History in a Global Context; Ancient Heroes; The Greek World; and Roman Civilization.
  • A highly flexible program: you can easily combine this program with a second major, such as Archaeology and Heritage Studies, English, Languages, Religion and Culture, Anthropology or History.

Sample Courses

  • Ancient Heroes: Story and Tradition
  • Ancient Warfare
  • The Vikings
  • Cleopatra: History, Fiction and Fantasy
  • The Ancient World in Contemporary Culture
  • The Ancient Egyptians
  • Food and Drink in Ancient Mediterranean Societies

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$27,860.00 (16,40,754) per year
Full-time tuition: CAN $27,860 - CAN $31,930. Please note this fee is for 2020 - 2021 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022


Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo Campus,

75 University Avenue West,


Ontario (ON),

N2L 3C5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent qualification. English language requirement: Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component; Paper-based testing: 560 overall, IELTS: An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band, PTE: 59 overall or higher, CAE: Overall score of 176. Minimum total score requirement: 24.

For international students

Students must have the following:

  • Minimum admission range of Low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range of Low 80s.
  • English at 60%.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component; Paper-based testing: 560 or higher.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher).

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - 59 overall or higher.

Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) - Overall score of 176.


About Wilfrid Laurier University

Studying at Laurier goes beyond being a great student at a top-rated university; it’s about being ready to take on whatever the future holds.

  • 95% graduates secured employment or went on to PG studies
  • 1:25 faculty to student ratio
  • Home of Canada’s largest business degree co-op program
  • Vibrant campuses in cities in Ontario, close to the US