BA in Ancient History

UCAS code: V110

Summary of course aims

Greek SculptureThe course aims to provide a thorough degree level education in Ancient History. The syllabus aims to familiarise students with the core chronological and geographical range of Greek and Roman cultures, whilst providing them with the opportunity to study more thematic topics in depth. The course also provides for the development of the specific historical interests of students through independent study and specifically the dissertation. Students are encouraged to include elements of ancient languages throughout their degree course. Students will expand the range, depth and sophistication of their knowledge of Ancient History through the structured progression of Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the course.

Course content

The course is divided into 3 Parts (years). You must take 120 credits in each Part.

Alexander the Great as a youthPart 1 introduces students to the study of Greek and Roman Civilisations, with a particular emphasis upon the development of the study of primary sources and source criticism, alongside the development of historical writing skills to explore specific historical topics. Students are encouraged to take an additional 20 credits as well in Greece and Rome on Film.

Part 2 develops the student's knowledge of the chronological changes within the period of study via compulsory core units which also develop their historical skills. In addition, students choose three option units that are either more thematic or add greater depth than the core units. A module 'Prospects for Classicists and Ancient Historians', addressing important questions of the history of the discipline, methodology, skills, and employment prospects, provides 10 credits at part 2. Alternatively, students may choose a credit-bearing Placement module, to further their employability.

In Part 3 there is an increasing specialisation and progression to approach topics in greater depth through the provision of optional units and the opportunity to research a dissertation topic in depth. Students take 120 credits per year.

For a full description of this degree course with the required compulsory and optional modules, please download the programme specification. You are advised to read the programme specification for the current year.

Career prospects

Graduates in Ancient History have found that their degree course has been a good basis for careers in management, administration, the civil service, commerce, law, publishing, librarianship and teaching. As such, they are eagerly sought after by employers, with career prospects being extended to museums and galleries. They are given specific vocational training and orientation through a second year Career Management Scheme run by the School in conjunction with the Careers Advisory Service. Graduates have also gone on to postgraduate courses within the field of the Classics, History and related fields at Reading and elsewhere.

Opportunities for study abroad

In Year 2, two students can study for the Fall Semester at the University of Calgary's Department of Greek and Roman Studies. Applications to take part in the exchange need to be made in the Spring term of Year 1. The Department also has an ERASMUS link with the University of Crete. Students are encouraged to study also at the British School in Athens and the British School in Rome.

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Catherine O'Hare

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