Classics courses for 2021
Bristol is one of the world’s most exciting locations to study classics and our academics have been at the forefront of developments in the field. Our department is internationally renowned for its innovative research on antiquity.
Why study Classics at Bristol?
The Department of Classics and Ancient History covers many areas of Greco-Roman civilisation, from politics, poetry and philosophy to sculpture, architecture and archaeology.
BA Classics combines an emphasis on traditional language skills, literature and historical understanding with an in-depth exploration of the continuing influence of Greek and Roman writing.
You will focus on Greek and Latin language and literature, gaining confidence in translating, understanding and discussing ancient texts. You will have the flexibility to explore further areas that interest you, such as topics in history, religion, art and archaeology. We encourage you to gain experience of the many different methods and approaches involved in the study of classics today.
Teaching methods include guided translation classes, lectures, small-group seminars and a research project. These will allow you to develop valuable transferable skills in critical thinking, formal and informal writing, discussion and presentation.
Our graduates are highly employable and have found positions in research, administration, media, museums, art galleries, heritage management, the civil service, law, accountancy, computing and teaching. A significant number go on to postgraduate study.
What kind of student would this course suit?
This course will suit those who are fascinated by the literature and languages of ancient Greece and Rome and want to focus on reading ancient texts in their original language. You should enjoy working closely with written material and discussing literature and be eager to develop new skills for analysing old and new texts. You should also be interested in ancient cultures and how they have been received by later writers, thinkers and artists.
How is this course taught and assessed?
Teaching methods for this course include guided translation classes, lectures, large- and small-group seminars and personal consultations. These will allow you to develop valuable transferable skills in conducting research, formal and informal writing, discussion and oral presentation.
Assessment is primarily by coursework, including a variety of different formats, and exams.
Your third year will include a larger research project on a topic of your choosing. You will also plan, promote and execute a project aimed at presenting the ancient world to the wider public, with a member of staff acting as adviser.
What are my career prospects?
The skills you will gain in critical thinking, persuasive writing and self expression are transferable to a wide range of careers.
Our graduates have found positions in research, administration, media, museums, art galleries, heritage management, the civil service, law, accountancy, computing, commerce and teaching.
A significant number go on to postgraduate study in classics and other humanities subjects.
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