Resources for Current Students

Did You Know?

Declaring your major brings you lots of benefits:

  • DegreeWorks, the online program that helps to navigate your program requirements, will be actually useful to you.
  • Student advisors will be better equipped to help you.
  • You will be eligible for more scholarships and awards (some of which you don't even have to apply for).
  • Your program receives more resources from the university. If you want CMRS to benefit, declare CMRS as your major. If you are in a double honours program, declare CMRS as your Major #1. It means a lot to us.

Declaring or changing your major can be done any time, as often as you wish, at no cost to you. Do it by going to the Arts and Science tab in PAWS. Don't put it off. It's all win, no lose. Not many things in life are that good.

Nota bene: The CMRS Handbook posted here is not the final word on which courses will be offered in 2019-2020. For the most accurate information, please check the University of Saskatchewan Course and Program Catalogue and the Class Search page.


CMRS 110.3: The Graeco-Roman Tradition — Evolution and Reception

Theme for 2019: Ancient Comedy, Tragedy, and the Modern Domestic Comedy

CMRS 110 offers an introduction to the cultural and literary traditions of ancient Greece and Rome through the close reading of specific core texts. Emphasis will be placed on the development of key themes and values as they evolved in antiquity, and their reception in modern times.

This year (2019), explore some of the less celebrated by-ways of the ancient Graeco-Roman comic tradition and get some interesting insights into the Early Modern novel and the modern sit-com!

CMRS 111.3: Medieval and Renaissance Civilization

An introduction to the civilization of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance through the lens of literature, philosophy, art, and other sources.

Information on scholarships and bursaries can be found here. Of particular interest to CMRS students are the following:

The George Harmes Scholarship in Greek
This amount of this scholarship varies. It is awarded annually. It is open to students undertaking research or studies into Greek history, thought, language, culture or art, including its impact on the Graeco-Roman world, or the later reception and transmission of the Greek cultural heritage, and therefore, many CMRS students qualify. No application is required. For further information contact the director ( or Prof. John Porter (

James P. Chrones Centennial Bursary
This scholarship is valued at $500 and is awarded annually to an undergraduate student enrolled in CMRS or Chemical Engineering. This award requires an application, due October 1.

William Godfrey Sullivan Scholarship
Two annual awards of $1250 each are granted to CMRS honours students in the third year of the program, based on academic achievement. No application is required.

The Nasser Awards in the Museum of Antiquities
The Nasser Awards in the Museum of Antiquities have been established through an endowment given by Dr. K. Nasser and his family to recognize students from the University of Saskatchewan who have made a significant contribution to the Museum of Antiquities as volunteers or staff, and who have had a measurable impact on Museum projects and programs. This award is open to students who work or volunteer at the Museum.

CMRS students entering Law might also consider the David C. Kyle Memorial Scholarship.

Classical & Medieval Latin

The Certificate of Proficiency in Classical and Medieval Latin is designed to assist students who wish to incorporate classical and/or medieval Latin in their studies, or who are simply interested in developing a reading knowledge of Latin.

This program allows students to earn a Certificate of Proficiency, which is a qualification that recognizes a focus of study in a specific area, requiring 15 to 30 credit units of university-level courses. A student may earn a certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or may earn a certificate after having received a degree from the University of Saskatchewan or another institution.

For more information:

A number of CMRS-related courses are offered as study-abroad classes in the Summer. To see what courses might be on offer in the coming year, visit:

CMRS 405.6: Texts and Materials of Early European Cultures

An opportunity for a small group of students to engage in international research pertaining to the study of the classical, medieval, and/or renaissance periods. Students will receive instruction and training at the University of Saskatchewan and/or other locations in Saskatoon, and apply their skills in a defined project of original research on ancient, medieval, and/or early modern materials in situ in an international location.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units Humanities courses and permission of the instructor.
Note: Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the CMRS Director to ensure that the topics covered are different.

HIST 308.6: Rome -- Building and Living in the Ancient City

This 3-week intensive, lecture-seminar summer study abroad class takes place in Italy every two years and focuses on the study of the ancient city of Rome (8 century BCE to 4 century CE). Urban planning and development, architectural history, monuments and authority, aspects of life in the largest ancient metropolis, Christianity in urban space, are some of the subjects that we cover; first in the classroom, and then during site visits in the city of Rome. This course will benefit especially students who have taken classics, archaeology, CMRS, history or art and art history at the 100 and 200 levels, and who would like the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Rome, its urban culture and architectural history.

Weekly hours: 4 Lecture hours and 9 Seminar/Discussion hours
Formerly: HIST 204
Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units HIST, CLAS, ARCH or ARTH, or 45 credit units at University and permission of the Instructor.
Note: Students who have received credit for HIST 204 will not receive credit for this course. Costs in addition to tuition will apply to this course. Please contact the department for details.

CMRS 402

CMRS 402 is a directed research course that gives students the opportunity to work on a long-term research project and develop the sorts of skills required for graduate study. Over the course of eight months, students work individually in consultation with a faculty advisor to develop a thesis project, produce a detailed bibliography, analyze the appropriate primary and secondary sources, and compose a substantial (30-40 page) paper. Once their projects are near completion, but before the final draft of the paper has been written, students present the results of their research orally to a faculty committee that has been established in consultation with them by their supervisor and the CMRS director. After this presentation, the students revise their projects in light of the committee's comments and submit a final draft to their supervisor.

Benjamin Kmiech (2018-2019)
In Denial About Nero? What was the motivation of Nero's expedition to find the source of the Nile?

Andrew Wiebe (2018-2019)
Troilus and Criseyde -- Aloud!

Kathryn Bloski (2016-2017)
The Making of a Mother: The Significance of Hairstyles in the Antonine Age

Ariel Brecht (2015-2016)
A Reassessment of Ege Leaf 4

Christina Fowlie-Neufeld (2015-2016) (Rose Litman Medal in Humanities, Fall 2016 convocation)
Doubt, Despair and Dryness in Julian of Norwich's A Revelation of Love

James Hawkes (2015-2016)
Coins and Collections in Early Modern England

John Lozinsky (2015-2016)
Visitors and Vicars: Examining Museum Patronage in the Guest Book to Ralph Thoresby’s Museum

Helanna Miazga (2015-2016)
Iconography in Early Islamic Glass

Megan Wall (2014-2015)
Silent Women Seldom Make History: Scolding in Fourteenth-Century Wakefield

David Foley (2013-2014) (Copland Prize in Humanities and Haslam Medal, Spring 2013 convocation)
The Angelic Doctor and the Ancient Quarrel: The Poetry-Philosophy Relation in the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas

Kyle Dase (2013-2014)
Catilinae Furor: Tragic Elements in Sallust's Bellum Catilinae

Courtney Tuck (2013-2014)
The Imago in Public and Private Life: Ancient Roman Ancestor Masks and Their Function During the Republican Period

Mark Doerksen (2013-2014)
High and Distant Mountains - Distance Recovery and the Mythic Framework of Beowulf

Ian Hampton (2013-2014)
The Huge and Monstrose Forms of Simon Forman: Ashmole 244 and the Giants of England

Tricia Ashbee (2012-2013)
The 1536-37 Giunta Virgil at the U of S: A Lacuna Revealed

Ella Coulter (2012-2013) (Copland Prize in Humanities and Haslam Medal, Spring 2013 convocation)
'To Go and Search Out Beauty and Perfection': The Italian Travel Journal of a French Courtier, 1669-1672

Janyne Laing (2012-2013)
Truth and Concealment in Select Poetic Works of Thomas Wyatt

Tyler Reimer (2011-2012)
Greater Than Kings: Pope Gregory VII's Theoretical Creation of a Papal Monarchy

Sarah Vela (2011-2012)
Mellon MS 41 and the Production of the Ripley Scrolls

Keely Bland (2010-2011)
Exploring Piazza Navona: An Example of Urban Continuity from Domitian's Stadium to a Baroque Piazza

Chantal de Medeiros (2010-2011)
The Execution of Hugh Despenser the Younger: Sources and Context

Victoria Hiebert (2010-2011)

Guy Hucq (2010-2011)
Tacitus and the Senate's Promotion of the Domus Augusta under Augustus and Tiberius

Johnathan Brammall (2009-2010)
A Simple Mind: Mechanisms of cognition in the epistemological doctrines presented in St. Augustine's De Magistro and Ockham's Commentary on the Sentences

Adele Derksen (2009-2010)
Caxton as Translator

Nina Thurlow (2009-2010)
The Corrupt Intent of Domitian's Moral Legislation

Felipe Paredes-Canevari (2007-2008) (Rose Litman Medal in Humanities, and Dean's Medal in Arts and Science, Fall Convocation 2008)
A Study of Memorialized Kingship in Selected Castilian-Christian and Moorish accounts of the Iberian Crusade of 1212: Las Navas de Tolosa

Katrina Bens (2006-2007) (Copland Prize in Humanities and Haslam Medal, Spring Convocation 2008)
"One Person Dwelling in a Double Form": The Unity of Queen Edith and King Edward the Confessor in the Vita Ædwardi Regis

Becky Littlechilds (2006-2007)
"Now I begin to be a disciple": a contextualized examination of the pragmatic and theological response to persecution and martyrdom in Tertullian's Carthage

CMRS 403

CMRS 403: Analysis and Public Exhibition of Cultural Artifacts is a directed research course that focuses on the 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.

  • Chloe Peters (April 2019)
    Pennies and Portraiture: Identity on Alfredian Coins
  • Melissa Reid (April 2019)
    At Your Cervix: The Female Physician in Ancient Rome
  • Ben Kmiech (April 2018)
    Cuneiform: Public and Private Writing
  • Victoria Oster (April 2016)
    Naturalism, Gender, and Sexuality in the Greek Archaic Period: Analysis of the Kouroi and Korai Statue Types
  • Courtney Tuck (April 2013)
    Poison on the Palatine Hill: Poison During the Julio-Claudian Dynasty of Ancient Rome
  • Carla Watson (April 2013)
    Baal, Rider of the Clouds: Symbols of an Ancient Near Eastern God
  • Tricia Ashbee (April 2012)
    The Value of Scraps
  • Jennifer Pidlisney (April 2012)
    The Essence of Roman Beauty
  • Keely Bland (April 2011)
    Herbs and Humours: Dissecting a 16th-century Manuscript
  • Chantal de Medeiros (April 2010)
    Erotic Imagery in Corinth's "Boston Mirror," ca. 350 BC