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 and more 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 will be able to customise your Classics studies to different 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.
- 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, philosophy, and more.
- 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.
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- Three 200-level CLAS courses
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level CLAS courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
Seeing the entire history of the Ancient Greek and Roman civilisations teaches you a lot about how to analyse events and history, how to understand other cultures and viewpoints, and how society and politics develop and work, especially towards world relations and current affairs.
Some career pathways could include:
- Museum curatorship
- Political relations, foreign affairs, policy
- Conservation and archaeology
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Classics.
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