Classical Studies BA (International Hons) 2020 entry
The BA (International Hons) in Classical Studies offers two pathways: Greek and Latin, or Ancient History and Archaeology. Both pathways allow you to explore the cultures of the Mediterranean world in great depth, from the Bronze Age through Late Antiquity. You will also have the option to take courses from both pathways, giving you an all-round perspective on the Greek and Roman world.
The BA (International Hons) is a joint degree delivered by both the University of St Andrews and the College of William & Mary in Virginia, USA. This joint degree allows you to spend two years at each institution.
Bachelor of Arts (International Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 June 2024
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
Admissions to the BA (International Honours) is highly competitive. These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.
- Standard entry grades: AAAAB
- Minimum entry grades: AABB
- Standard entry grades: AAA
- Minimum entry grades: ABB
- Standard entry grades: 38 (HL 6,6,6)
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5)
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
How to apply
You can only apply for the programme through one institution, and each institution will honour the admissions decisions of the other. You must specify which subject area you wish to apply for on your application form.
If you wish to begin your studies at the College of William & Mary, you should apply through the William & Mary Common Application form.
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
No previous knowledge of this subject is required.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
The School of Classics at St Andrews has an international reputation for the diversity of teaching programmes offered. The School has expertise in literature and history from the Greek classical period to Late Antiquity, including the literature of classical Greece, Greece under Roman rule, Roman republican and imperial literature and the literature of Late Antiquity, as well as later engagement with the Classics from the Renaissance to the present day.
The School of Classics was ranked first in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and first in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2020 for overall student satisfaction and quality of teaching and research.
The School was ranked best in Scotland and second in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the quality and impact of its research.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Students studying the Classical Studies BA (International Hons) will take the required modules at both institutions in their first and second years.
The following modules are those offered at St Andrews. Find out more about module requirements at William & Mary.
At St Andrews, the compulsory modules in first year are:
- The Greeks in a Wider World: surveys Greek history from the origins of the Greek city-states in the Archaic period (ca. 800 BCE), through the heyday of Athens’ empire and democracy in the fifth century, to Alexander the Great’s conquest of the Persian Empire. Alongside political and military history, the module tackles topics such as religious belief, sexuality, and Greek interactions with other peoples of the ancient Mediterranean world.
- Roman History from Foundation to Empire: focuses on the rise of Rome to world power from humble beginnings, examining the political, cultural and economic consequences of imperialism.
You must also choose one of the following Latin or Greek module pathways:
- Elementary Latin 1 and 2: provides an introduction to the Latin language for beginners, concentrating on morphology, vocabulary, and basic syntax.
- World of Latin 1 and 2 (only available to students who have studied Latin to SQA Higher, GCE A-level or equivalent): enhances understanding of Latin language and literature through study of both verse and prose set texts and regular language classes.
- Greek Language for Beginners and Greek Literature for Beginners: provides a thorough grounding in the Greek language for beginners or near beginners, and prepares students for the challenge of reading and interpreting Greek literature.
- Greek Language and Literature 1 and Greek Pastoral and Passion (only available to students who have studied Greek to SQA Higher, GCE A-level or equivalent): involves detailed study of a range of set texts as well as linguistic and translation exercises designed to enhance students' knowledge of Greek and confidence in reading Greek literature in its historical and cultural context.
At St Andrews, you must take two of the following compulsory modules in second year:
- The Roman Empire: explores the Roman empire with particular reference both to social, religious and economic changes as well as to political and military history.
- Mediterranean Communities: examines the human settlement and material culture of the entire Mediterranean world throughout classical antiquity.
- Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy: explores the diversity of early Greek thought at the crossroads of poetry and philosophy, starting with Hesiod’s struggle to reorder the world of gods and humans.
- Culture and Thought in the Late Roman Republic: sets the main literary texts of the Late Roman Republic against the broader backdrop of Roman art, culture and social life. All prescribed texts will be studied in translation.
You must also choose one of the following Latin or Greek module pathways:
- Latin in Progress 1 and 2: examine a wide range of texts in both prose and verse from the Republican and imperial periods, and enhance Latin language skills through regular language classes.
- Latin Language and Literature 1 and 2(only available to students who have studied Latin to SQA Higher, GCE A-level or equivalent): build on World of Latin 1 and 2; examine a wide range of texts in both prose and verse from the Republican period, and enhance Latin language skills through regular language classes.
- The Landscape of Greek Prose (B) and Poetry (B): examine a wide range of Greek prose texts and ancient poetry, and enhance Greek language skills through regular language classes.
- The Landscape of Greek Prose (A) and Poetry (A)(only available to students who have studied Greek to SQA Higher, GCE A-level or equivalent): examine a wide range of Greek prose texts and ancient poetry, and enhance Greek language skills through regular language classes.
Students will spend either their third or fourth year in St Andrews. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of advanced options.
Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered at St Andrews in previous years:
- Alexander the Great
- Art of the Roman Empire
- Greek Painted Pottery
- Greek Rhetoric and its Representation
- Greek Tragedy
- Latin Oratory
- Latin Philosophical Writing
- Persia and the Greeks.
If at St Andrews for fourth year, students will have the opportunity to undertake a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours-level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules available for the current academic year can be found in the module catalogue.
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