Classics and the Ancient Near East – Bachelor minor subject

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Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor).

During your studies you will acquire a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. This programme is available as a minor subject. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, while giving the Department of history (ancient history, archaeology) and the Department of Literary Studies (Greek and Latin studies) the primary roles within the programme. The unique aspect of this cultural studies oriented minor lies in its transcendence of traditional academic boundaries by linking historical findings (literary texts, physical artefacts) from different disciplines and how they were perceived in the course of the centuries. This minor is composed of different modules which concentrate on the literature, history and religion of classical antiquity, philosophy and law. It also focuses on language as a subject of linguistics, the material culture of classical antiquity, as well as the reception of classical antiquity during its own period, the Middle Ages, the early modern era, and the modern era.

Overview

Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Application period27.05. - 15.9. | 4.12. - 15.3.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS45
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Content

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

When studying for a bachelor's degree in the humanities, you will choose both a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). In addition to this you will attend courses from the field of key competencies (20 credits), including an internship. Click here for an overview of the general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities.

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Possible main subjects

When studying for a bachelor's degree in the humanities, you will choose both a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). In addition to this you will attend courses from the field of key competencies (20 credits), including an internship. Click here for an overview of the general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities.

You can combine the Bachelor minor Classics and the Ancient Near East with the following major subjects:

  • British and American Studies (BAST)The Bachelor's Programme in British and American Studies (BAST) is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in English.

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  • German LiteratureIn our Bachelor's Programme in German Literature you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority.

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  • French LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in French Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in French.

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  • HistoryStudying history means that you will learn about everything from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history while pursuing your own special interests.

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  • Italian LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in Italian Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Italian.

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  • PhilosophyIn our bachelor's programme in philosophy you will study the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. Furthermore, you will discuss philosophical questions regarding such topics as the justification of moral norms and the relationship between language and reality.

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  • Slavic LiteraturesIn our Bachelor's Programme in Slavic Literatures you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of the literatures and languages of the peoples of eastern and south-eastern Europe.

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  • SociologyIn this study programme you will focus on the study of societies. You will gain new perspectives on society and learn to describe, understand and explain it.

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  • Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThis bachelor's programme is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.

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Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • You enjoy reading literary and academic texts
  • You are interested in history and culture in the European language area
  • Your ability to express yourself in German is very good
  • Qualification in Latin (Latinum) and ancient Greek (Graecum) (you can catch up on missing Latin and Greek skills in your first year of study).

Language skills

Foreign language skills
Qualification in Latin (Latinum) or ancient Greek (Graecum). You can catch up on missing language skills in your first year of study. No later than by the date you register for your bachelor's examination you have to document your knowledge of a foreign language other than the language included in your minor subject. If you have taken at least three years of language classes in school (grade "sufficient" or better in the last year) you can submit your school certificate. Alternatively you can acquire a corresponding certificate at our Language Institute (SLI).

Language(s) of instruction

The language used in class is German. Courses held by visiting lecturers may be held in his/her native language (English, French, Italian).

Admission requirements

The same general entry requirements apply for the major and minor:

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

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