Ancient Studies, Archeology

Classical Studies deals with the cultural and historical research of Greco-Roman antiquity as well as the Near East and the Mediterranean region. And archeology also looks into the past to study past and existing cultures.

The field of study at a glance

Classical scholars research different cultures. While classical antiquity scholars focus on Greco-Roman antiquity, there are also researchers who specialize in ancient Egypt or the Near East, for example.

There is an overlap with archaeology, a science that is primarily interested in the archaeological finds of those peoples about whom we have no written sources. Archaeologists use the material remains to draw conclusions about their way of life and culture.

Course offered

Subjects in the field of classical studies and archeology are offered primarily at universities, and occasionally also at technical colleges. For example, while the undergraduate course “Ancient Studies” deals with Greek and Roman antiquity, you can also concentrate on a specific region with a course such as “Near Eastern Archaeology”. Archeology is often part of classical studies, but can also be studied as an independent subject.

With a subsequent master's degree, the acquired knowledge can be expanded or specified.

Admission criteria & application for study

Most courses have no admission restrictions or are subject to local selection procedures. Language skills, such as Latin or possibly ancient Greek, are often required. However, it is usually possible to catch up on this at the university.

Contents of the course

The course content depends on the choice of focus or specification. As a rule, a broad overview of contemporary history, eras and genres is provided. Practical skills in the areas of excavation techniques, conservation and restoration as well as museum work are also part of the course.

Career opportunities after graduation

Graduates of classical studies and archeology can find employment in exhibition management, archaeological excavations, adult education, cultural management or journalism.