Ancient Studies, Archeology
Ancient studies, like archeology, focus on with the cultural-historical research of Greco-Roman antiquity as well as the Near East and the Mediterranean.
The study field at a glance
Ancient historians investigate past cultures. While classical antiquarian scholars study Ancient Greek and Roman antiquity, there are also researchers who specialize in, for example, ancient Egypt or the Middle East.
Their studies overlap with archeology, a science that is primarily interested in cultural findings from times where there are no written sources. Through the material legacy, archaeologists draw conclusions about the way of life and culture.
Subjects in the fields of classical studies and archeology are mainly offered at universities, and occasionally at universities of applied sciences. For example, while the undergraduate degree course "Ancient Studies" at the University of the Saarland deals with Greek and Roman antiquity, one can concentrate on "Front-Asian and Palestinian Archeology" at the University of Tübingen. Archeology is often a component of classical studies, but can also be studied as an independent subject, for example at the University of Bamberg. With a subsequent master's program, the acquired knowledge can be expanded or specified.
Admission criteria & study application
Most courses are without admission restrictions, but local selection procedures apply. Often, language skills, such as Latin or possibly also Old Greek are required. Usually students have the opportunity to catch up with these languages by specific courses at the university.
Contents of the course
The study content depends on the choice of focus or specification. As a rule, a broad overview of contemporary history as well as epochs and genres is imparted. Practical skills in the fields of excavation techniques, conservation and restoration as well as museum work are also part of the program.
Possible careers after graduation
Graduates of ancient studies and archeology can find employment in exhibition management, archaeological excavations, adult education, cultural management or journalism.