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Undergraduate subject



27 October 2023

An understanding of the rich Classical past gives you a keen lens through which to view the modern world.





Studying the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome shows us how our modern world formed. Everything from western politics to philosophy, science to architecture, language to storytelling had their origins in these great civilisations, and there are even connections we can make to current events today that have been experienced in the past.

At UC, you can customise your Classics studies with topics that interest you, such as art and architecture, politics, drama and written works, ancient language, and even sociology and daily life of the people.


What will my study involve?

  • You will get hands-on experience with real ancient artefacts through UC’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, based at Te Matatiki Toi Ora | Arts Centre, with a collection spanning more than 2,500 years from about 2,000 BCE.
  • Courses include areas such as history, slavery, sex and gender, warfare, art and architecture, political leaders, ancient literature, and philosophy.
  • Option in your final year to take an internship, with past projects including museum and art curatorship work, events management, social media, and research of artefacts.



Classics major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:




Classics minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:



Career opportunities

Seeing the entire history of the Ancient Greek and Roman civilisations teaches you a lot about how to analyse events to understand other cultures and viewpoints, and how society and politics develop and work, especially towards world relations and current affairs.

Career pathways could include:

  • museum curatorship
  • political relations, foreign affairs, policy
  • conservation and archaeology
  • communications.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Classics.

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