Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.
If you are studying a different bachelor's programme in the humanities, you can also select this study programme as a minor subject.
This bachelor's programme is designed to convey a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. The interdisciplinary courses stretch from literary studies (Greek/Latin) via history to archaeology. The unique aspect of this study programme lies in its transcendence of traditional academic boundaries by linking historical findings (literary texts, physical legacies) and how they were perceived in the course of the centuries. Including the "Ancient Near East" extends the concept of "Classical Antiquity". This broad approach makes it possible to not only learn about the continued influence of Classical Antiquity on the "Renaissances" that occurred between the Middle Ages and the present day, but also the reception processes during Classical Antiquity.
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Programme start||Winter semester|
|Period of study||6 semesters|
|Application period||27.05. - 15.9.|
|ECTS (incl. minor subject)||180|
|Obligatory minor subject||yes|
Why study Classics and the Ancient Near East at Konstanz?
- Based on current research in literature and cultural sciences
- Courses in English
- Integrated internships and stays abroad
- Interdisciplinary courses
- Practice-oriented seminars
Prospects and opportunities
Typical work areas include:
- Public and private cultural institutions (cultural departments, culture organisers, cultural/study foundations)
- Companies, associations and organisations with cultural requirements
- Media and publishing
- Out-of-school education (adult education, editor at a university abroad etc.)
Further professional perspectives can be found in the interview series #dreamjob – Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.
To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the Master's Programme in History.
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).
In the Classics and the Ancient Near East Bachelor's programme, you choose one of the following minor subjects:
- British and American Studies (BAST)British and American Studies (BAST) is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. At the heart of the programme is the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in English.
- German LiteratureIf you opt for German Literature as your minor subject 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.
- French LiteratureFrench Literature is available as a minor subject within 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.
- Gender StudiesYou will analyse the current relationship between the genders in different areas of society and study how it developed historically and how it is changing. This programme is available as a minor subject.
- 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. This programme is available as a minor subject.
- Computer ScienceChoosing Computer Science as your minor subject will provide you with a solid foundation in this subject. Computer Science is involved in most areas of our life – from computer games to automatic traffic control to secure online banking. Logical thinking is at the heart of this discipline.
- Italian LiteratureItalian Literature is available as a minor subject within 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.
- MathematicsThe Mathematics minor encompasses the study of abstract structures and their inherent relationships on the one hand, and seeks to find solutions for problems posed by applied sciences such as engineering, medicine, economics as well as the natural and social sciences on the other.
- PhilosophyPursuing a minor 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.
- Political ScienceYou will focus on political systems, analyse particular fields in politics and address issues surrounding international relations. This programme is available as a minor subject.
- LawPursuing a minor in law will equip you with a solid working knowledge of law. You will learn how to understand and interpret current law systematically and conceptually, and how to apply it to everyday situations.
- Slavic LiteraturesChoosing Slavic Literatures as your minor subject will teach you 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.
- SociologyThe Sociology minor encompasses the study of society. Sociology examines how societies and their social units function, what keeps them together or breaks them apart. You will gain new perspectives on society and learn to describe, understand and explain it.
- Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThe Spanish and Ibero-American Studies bachelor's minor is available within the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.
- LinguisticsLinguistics, the scientific study of language, is available as a minor subject. Linguistics aims to understand what might be called our “feel for the language”, i.e. our unconscious knowledge of language, and render it conscious. Over the course of the programme, you will learn about the differences and similarities of languages as well as the evolution of language.
- StatisticsStatistics minor is offered by the Department of Economics. Statistics is used primarily in planning, executing and evaluating comprehensive examinations and experiments. Statistical methods are generally used in medicine, biology and other natural sciences as well as in economics, engineering, psychology and sociology.
- EconomicsIn the Economics minor programme, you will analyse the economic activities of consumers, enterprises and public institutions.
Internship and study abroad
You must complete an internship of at least 2 months during the semester break. The department and our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.
A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and other exchange programmes.
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 and in English is very good
- Qualification in Latin and ancient Greek (you can catch up on missing Latin and Greek skills in your first year of study).
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 major 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).
German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 and TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.
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).
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.
Documentation Orientation Test: When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.
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.
An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.9. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.
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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