Roehampton’s BA in Classical Civilisation balances vital academic studies for classics and ancient history today with personalised preparation for the 21st-century workplace. This course opens up new possibilities in thinking and writing about the ancient past.
Roehampton’s advantageous location allows you to engage with London’s cultural and historical heritage: Roehampton is the closest university to the National Archives, and London’s resources for the study of classics, religions and theology are inexhaustible. Plus our own university campus grounds and buildings display a large number of neoclassical artworks and architecture, which provides a compelling and inspirational backdrop to the study of humanities.
You can study our neoclassical artworks and architecture as part of your degree too. Our innovative undergraduate module ‘The Roehampton Campus Project’ has been planned and evaluated by students to research historical, religious, art-historical and architectural aspects of Roehampton’s campus and present the results to the wider community. Read what our students have discovered about our campus here.
We want to help you develop your identity as a classicist, so right from the beginning you are able to pursue your own, independent project, and to learn new techniques in presenting your material. In other modules, you explore exciting periods, places and themes, such as mortality and divinity in Euripides, art and the symposium, slavery and freedom in Athens, power and dynasty in Rome, and gender and sexuality in modern artistic receptions. Optional modules include intensive Greek and Latin languages.
Building on first-year introductions, optional modules expand on aspects of antiquity and its influence on modern culture. A core module comprises a study of classical myths and mythology. You can also choose to continue to study Greek and Latin, take a work placement and go on a study trip to Rome. Please find below further information on the study trip to Rome and the work placement module.
You write a dissertation on a subject of your choice under the guidance of a supervisor. Optional modules offer specialised topics informed by current staff research.
- Beard, M. and Henderson, J. Classics. A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 1995)
- Blois, L. and Spek, R. van de An Introduction to the Ancient World (Routledge, 1997)
- Jones, P. Classics in Translation (Duckworth, 1998)
Second year study trip to Rome and work placements
‘The Ancient City of Rome’ is a second year module that combines a series of on-campus tutorial and preparation sessions with a study trip to the city of Rome. Whilst in Rome you will visit public monumental areas such as the Capitolium and the Palatine, and Churches such as St. Peter and the Vatican. You will also venture outside of Rome, visiting places such as Ostia, Tibur, Palestrina and Cerveteri.
In addition to studying overseas you will have the opportunity to combine your academic learning with practical experience on the work placement module. The module aims to enable you to develop your skills in critical, historical and visual analysis and interpretation with the aim of transferring and applying those skills to your chosen area of employment.
Here’s what some of our current students had to say about their work placements:
“My work placement was in Hitchin and Letchworth museum. I was asked by my manager, the local council archaeologist, to research a Saxon pot that had recently been found but hadn’t been identified. As a result I may get quoted in his research paper”. Isobel Murray, Classic Civilisation student
“I did my work placement as the museum of Somerset in Taunton. I got to try lots of different roles, but what I really enjoyed was the front of house work, where I got to communicate with the public. The work placement has helped me decide that when I leave university I want to go into a marketing/communications role”. Madeline Lukes, Classic Civilisation student
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