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BA Classics/Classics with Study Abroad

Course Structure

For the Classics (Q800) degree programme, which requires students to have an A-level (or equivalent) in Latin or Ancient Greek, students must take at least one unit of Latin-based courses, and at least one unit of Greek-based courses. In addition, there are some compulsory core-courses in the first and second years involving texts in translation. The structure for Classics with Year Abroad (Q801) is identical, except that students spend their third year abroad, and have their final year at UCL in their fourth year. This gives the following structure:

  Year One Year Two Final Year
1 One unit of Latin-based courses One unit of Latin-based courses One unit of Latin-based courses
2
3 One unit of Greek-based courses One unit of Greek-based courses One unit of Greek-based courses
4
5 Interpreting Greek Literature Classics and Literary Theory (student choice)
6 Interpreting Latin Literature (student choice) (student choice)
7 (student choice) (student choice) (student choice)
8 (student choice) (student choice) (student choice)

Sample Course Choices

Classics - Sample One

  Year One Year Two Year Three
1 Latin Texts 1 Latin Texts 2 Virgil
2
3 Greek Texts 1 Greek Texts 2 Homer
4
5 Interpreting Greek Literature Classics and Literary Theory Roman Historians
6 Interpreting Latin Literature Greek Translation
7 Introduction to the Study of Language Latin Prose Composition Latin Verse Composition
8 The Romans and their past Latin Palaeography Greek Comedy

This student arrived at UCL with A levels in Latin and Greek. In his first year he took Latin Texts I as his compulsory unit of Latin language, and Greek Texts I as his compulsory unit of Greek language. He progressed from Latin Texts I in his first year, to Latin Texts II in his second, to a prescribed text course in his final year, in which he also took a number of other high-level Latin courses. In Greek, he followed a similar progressions: from Greek Texts I in his first year, to Greek Texts II in his second, to a high-level Greek course (Homer) in his final year. Like all classicists, he took the core literature survey courses Interpreting Greek Literature and Interpreting Latin Literature in the first year, and the Classics and Literary Theory course in the second. As his interests were very much in the field of classical languages and literature, almost all his course choices were courses offered by the Department of Greek and Latin.

Classics - Sample Two

  Year One Year Two Year Three
1 Latin Texts 1 Latin Texts 2 Ovid
2
3 Greek for Beginners A Intermediate Greek A Greek Texts 1
4 Greek for Beginners B Intermediate Greek B
5 Interpreting Greek Literature Classics and Literary Theory Essay on an approved subject
6 Interpreting Latin Literature Latin Translation The Etruscans
7 Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology Archaeology of War Egypt in the World
8 Advanced Drawing Sources for Greek History Painting

This student came to UCL with Latin GCE A level, and no prior knowledge of Greek. In her first year, she took Latin Texts I as her compulsory unit of Latin language, progressing to Latin Texts II in her second year and to a prescribed text in her third year. In Greek, she progressed from Greek for Beginners in her first year, to Intermediate Greek in the second, to Greek Texts I in her final year. Like all classicists, she took the core literature survey courses Interpreting Greek Literature and Interpreting Latin Literature in the first year, and the Classics and Literary Theory course in the second. This student was also able to pursue her interest in art, taking two courses outside the Classical World syllabus in her first and second years, and also to cultivate interests in archaeology and history.