Ancient Civilization Studies (B.A.)

The Bachelor’s degree programme Ancient Civilization Studies is concerned with the study and analysis of textual and pictorial sources of information on ancient cultures, the study of archaeological findings, and the theoretical and methodological tools used in the core academic disciplines. The programme covers the entire literary and material legacy of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures, spanning from the 8th century B.C., the period in which Homer’s epics were created, to late antiquity, when the dissolution of the Roman Empire led to the formation of the successor states of the Early Middle Ages and the Byzantine Empire. Students on the Ancient Civilization Studies programme will also be concerned with the material records of European prehistory and early history.

Students completing the programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.). At the core of the programme are the four modularized subject areas: ancient history, classical archaeology, classical philology, and prehistory and early history. Students must select two of these four subjects to study in their entirety (with each completed subject corresponding to 50 credits). Students must complete sufficient modules from the remaining two subject areas to accumulate an additional total of 46 credits.

The Bachelor’s programme consists of individual courses (lectures, seminars, tutorials, reading classes) in which a student’s academic progress may be assessed in a variety of ways (written assignments, student presentations, oral and written examinations). Practical work experience and internships enable students to learn about the practical aspects of archaeological excavation and museum work, while the planned excursions to museums of ancient history, ancient buildings and monuments and to historical sites provide students with an opportunity to broaden and deepen their historical and cultural perspectives. A knowledge of Latin, and in some cases Ancient Greek, is essential for students on this programme. The level of proficiency required depends on the core subjects studied and the requirements specified for the individual courses (modules).

Depending on the core subjects and areas of specialization selected, graduates of the B.A. programme in ancient civilization studies can find employment in the following areas: museum and exhibition projects, excavation work as part of historical preservation projects, tourism, adult education, publishing, the cultural sector and journalism.