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Classics Undergraduate Courses
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Classics is the traditional name given to the study of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome: the languages, literature, philosophy, ancient history, art and archaeology. Classics also includes the study of the huge debt of world civilization to these ancient cultures. This makes Classics one of the most varied and interdisciplinary of all subjects. 

Description of the degree in Classics 
The Department of Classics and Archaeology offers an undergraduate degree in Classics at B.A. and B.A.(Honours) levels.  Both programmes are primarily devoted to the teaching of Ancient Greek and Latin. No previous knowledge of the languages is required. Through continuous training and assessment, students attain a sufficient level in both Greek and Latin to be able to read and enjoy classical texts in the original languages. In the first two years of the course, students concentrate on one language each year. In the third year, students consolidate their knowledge of the languages by the close reading of select Greek and Latin authors representing different aspects of classical civilization, such as philosophy, history, drama and rhetoric.

Aims of the degree in Classics
The degree aims to offer excellent linguistic training in the skills of reading and understanding Ancient Greek and Latin through graded and intensive teaching of their grammar and syntax. The teaching methodology varies, from the traditional drill to more innovative approach, such as presentation and drama, thus providing space for creativity. The appraisal of original texts, on the other hand, gives students the opportunity to broaden their experience of the ancient world through a direct encounter with the literature, history and philosophy of Greece and Rome.   

Learning outcomes of the degree in Classics
The degree provides students with a strong grounding in Ancient Greek and Latin languages. This competence, in turn, develops students’ general linguistic proficiency and theoretical awareness. The engagement with ancient literature gives students a mature sense of historical and cultural context. By following this degree, students develop a healthy combination of analytical skills and informed debate that will help them understand and engage with the world around them

Skills obtained through a degree in Classics 
Through this degree, students are equipped with analytical and presentation skills, as well as with a unique cultural edge. These are capabilities much valued by employers, leading Classics graduates to successful careers in the culture and creative industries (such as heritage, media, journalism, the performing arts), civil service and education. A high proportion of graduates also continue on to further study in their subject or other related fields.

Degree specific skills and competences

• Sound knowledge of the grammar and syntax of Ancient Greek and Latin to enable graduates to teach both languages themselves; 
• Competence to read and understand Ancient Greek and Latin authors in the original;
• Basic proficiency in prose composition of the two languages;  
• Capability to use commentaries and dictionaries; 
• Ability to identify classical sources and to analyze these critically;
• Sharpened analytical skills and acumen through repeated exercise of reading and understanding difficult texts in ancient languages;
• Broad awareness of the history and civilization of the classical world;
• Informed recognition of the classical legacy and its relevance to modern times;
• Use of the Web and other resources to engage in the current scenario of Classics at European and international levels.

General skills
• Use of computer and information technology;
• Accessing library/museum/archive and World Wide Web resources;
• Undertaking independent study, research, and problem-solving; 
• Produce logical and structured arguments supported by relevant evidence; 
• Collaborate effectively in a team;
• Preparation and effective communication of research methods, data, results, interpretations and arguments in written and visual form; 
• Appreciate the importance of responsibilities in the field and in the laboratory; 
• Time management.


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Last Updated: 14 October 2016

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