As the study of the Greek and Roman world (ca. 1200 BCE – 7th c. CE), Classical Studies had been acknowledged as the interdisciplinary field par excellence, long before interdisciplinarity was widely accepted as a guiding principle of tertiary education. The field has traditionally encompassed a variety of disciplines, such as Ancient History, Literature, Philosophy, Philology and Archaeology, and more recently, Gender-, Regional- and Reception Studies.

Offering a strong foundation in classical languages (traditionally thought of as the cornerstone of the Humanities and a rounded education) and various aspects of classical culture (e.g. social history, art and architecture, literature, philosophy) the program will prepare students for post-graduate studies in Classical Studies and related fields, such as Byzantine Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, History of Art, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management. At the same time, research has shown that Classical Studies graduates have successfully pursued carriers in unrelated sectors, ranging from
journalism to banking.

The Certificate

Undergraduate students with a strong academic standing are eligible to apply for admission to this certificate program designed in joint affiliation with four departments (Archaeology and History of Art, Philosophy, English Language and Comparative Literature and Law). Students who complete six (6) of the courses listed below will be awarded the Classical Studies Certificate along with the Bachelor of Arts degree upon their graduating from the university provided that they have satisfied the following requirements:

a) their average grade attained from these six courses is at least 2.70
b) at least two (2) of these courses have been offered by a department outside their own
c) they have taken at least two (2) ancient language courses (Ancient Greek or Latin) or one (1) ancient and one (1) modern language course

For students participating in an Erasmus exchange, at most one (1) relevant Erasmus course may be counted toward the certificate program, as long as it has been recognized as such by the relevant committee.

Upon approval by the student’s advisor and the Classical Studies Certificate Program committee the student may substitute one of the six courses with an undergraduate honorary thesis.

List of Courses:

ARHA 209 Late Antique and Byzantine Civilization (MS. 284-1453)
ARHA 318 Late Antique and Byzantine Art
ARHA 320 Rome, Roman cities and countryside
ARHA 321 Ancient Greece: From City-State to World Empire
ARHA 401 Aegean Bronze Age
GREK 401 Basic Ancient Greek
GREK 402 Intermediate Ancient Greek (Prerequisite GREK 401)
LATN 401 Basic Latin
LATN 402 Intermediate Latin (Prerequisite LATN 401)
ARHA 417: The Roman Mediterranean

LAW 111 Roman Law
LAW 113 Legal History (with an emphasis on Greco-Roman and Byzantine Law)
LITR 109 Literature and Culture I
LITR 203 Topics in World Literature (with emphasis on Ancient Drama and its reception)

LANG 555 Advanced Reading Seminar in Ancient Greek and/or Latin I (Prerequisite GREK 402 or LATN 402)
LANG 556 Advanced Reading Seminar in Ancient Greek and/or Latin II (Prerequisite LANG 555)
GREK 201 Basic Modern Greek
ITAL 201 Basic Italian

PHIL 213 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 403 Topics in Ancient Philosophy