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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Classics

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor subjects or specialisation pathways, as well as courses from other degrees.

Classics: An understanding of the rich Classical past gives you a keen lens through which to view the modern world.

Overview: Studying the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome shows us how our modern world formed. Everything from western politics to philosophy, science to architecture, language to storytelling had their origins in these great civilisations, and there are even connections we can make to current events today that have been experienced in the past. At UC, you will be able to customise your Classics studies to different topics that interest you, such as art and architecture, politics, drama and written works, ancient language, and even sociology and daily life of the people.

What will my study involve:

You will get hands-on experience with real ancient artefacts through UC’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, based at Te Matatiki Toi Ora | Arts Centre, with a collection spanning more than 2,500 years from about 2,000 BCE. Courses include areas such as history, slavery, sex and gender, warfare, art and architecture, political leaders, ancient literature, and philosophy. Option in your final year to take an internship, with past projects including museum and art curatorship work, events management, social media, and research of artefacts.

Career Opportunities:Seeing the entire history of the Ancient Greek and Roman civilisations teaches you a lot about how to analyse events to understand other cultures and viewpoints, and how society and politics develop and work, especially towards world relations and current affairs. Career pathways could include: museum curatorship political relations, foreign affairs, policy conservation and archaeology communications.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not My Best scores.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
  • Language Cert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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