Classics and the Ancient Near East – Bachelor minor subject


Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor). A minor subject may only be chosen in combination with a major subject.

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.


Programme start Winter semester & Summer semester
Application period 07.05. - 15.09. | 29.11. - 15.03.
Admission restrictions no


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.

Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

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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.


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 certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not 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” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

Application documents

During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods etc.) and upload various PDF documents. Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:

  • your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
  • documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ etc.)
  • any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
  • any other required documents (medical certificate etc.)

An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).