Resources for Current Students

Nota bene: The CMRS Handbook posted here is not the final word on which courses will be offered in 2018-2019. For the most accurate information, please check the University of Saskatchewan Course and Program Catalogue and the Class Search page.

In particular, please note the following changes:


  • PHIL 211

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:

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

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.

Theme for Fall 2017: information coming . . .

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.

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 499.6: Coins and Early Modern Collections of Curiosities

This course provides students with practical hands-on experience and knowledge in cataloguing and analysis of ancient and medieval coins, which were accumulated by collectors as part of a culture of curiosity during the early modern period in England. The Meric Casaubon (1599-1671) collection, which was acquired by John Bargrave in the mid-17th century, and which resides at Canterbury Cathedral, provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about ancient and medieval coins, but also to study the historical context in which these collections were gathered along with the historical documents that shed light on what contemporaries considered to be curious about such coins and their place in the collections that contained them. Our second site, at Burton Constable, houses a small remnant of Ralph Thoresby's 17th –century collection as well as a unique collection of ancient coin plaster casts.

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

This course gives students an unforgettable experience of Italy, and particularly of Rome. The study of Roman architecture, monuments and urban planning will provide the material backdrop to understanding the lives of Roman people, rich and poor, in the ancient world's largest city: how they worked, how they played, where they lived, what they valued and believed. Reading the voices of the ancient Romans, and seeing the remnants of their physical world, students will learn how environments shape human lives and vice versa. To maximize students' experience of Italy, we begin with 4 days of classroom seminars in Saskatoon. We will begin in Italy with a weekend in the Bay of Naples region to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, the cities buried by Vesuvius. The majority of our course time is spent in Rome, the Eternal city. Mornings, the city will be our classroom and we'll study sites, monuments and museums. Most afternoons, students will be free to explore Rome's eternal secrets on their own.

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.

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.

  • 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