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Bachelor of Arts (Classical Studies)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Classical Studies for your Bachelor of Arts at Massey

Gain a deep understanding of 21st century culture

Knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome is essential for an understanding of our own modern civilisation. The Greeks and Romans had a profound and lasting influence on world culture in the areas of:






political institutions

art and architecture.

They also created and developed nearly every genre of Western literature.

With a Massey Bachelor of Arts (Classical Studies) you can trace meaningful connections between classical antiquity and our own 21st-century civilisation.

Follow your passion and enhance your future

Classical studies is interdisciplinary - you can study what you enjoy and focus on subject areas that spark your interest. You can explore the classical world from many angles: literature, history, art, mythology, religion, war, sexuality, and interaction with other civilisations such as Egypt.

Our evidence for the ancient world is challenging; it is sometimes fragmentary, sometimes obscure, often biased or distorted. With a Massey BA (Classical Studies) you will make sense of it through argument and interpretation, thus acquiring and developing a sought-after range of skills.

World-class learning

Massey offers passionate and friendly lecturers, a world-class distance-learning programme and multimedia learning materials.

A Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies is a good fit if you:

want to gain an insight into two of the most fascinating civilisations in history

are interested in the ancient roots of modern Western civilisation

want a rich and challenging classical education that will make you very appealing to employers.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for a Bachelor of Arts (Classical Studies), outside of university admission regulations.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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