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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Classical Archaeology

Degree

Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - course without teacher training - please see the ‘Bachelor’s and master’s courses at HU’ FAQ.

Standard time for completing degree

6 semesters

Starting the programme; Restrictions

Whether the degree can only be started in the Winter Semester or also in the Summer Semester, and what restrictions may apply to beginning the programme, is detailed in the course catalogue.

Programme structure and combinations

Classical Archaeology is offered as:

• Core subject: 120 CP*, with a second subject to be selected

• Second subject: 60 CP, with a bachelor’s core subject without teacher training option

* One credit point (CP) is calculated to equal a workload of 25 to max. 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at teaching sessions.

Language skills

Students with no knowledge of Latin are strongly recommended to acquire this within the General elective modules.

Why study Classical archaeology at HU?

Classical archaeology is a historical cultural science which explores the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome (as well as their reception and transformation up to the present day). It focuses on the relics of material traditions (cities, buildings, objects), which are analysed and interpreted as historical traces for the reconstruction of the life of ancient societies and their people.

The Winckelmann Institute at the HU offers its students a diverse range of courses, which is intended to meet both the spectrum of the subject and the career prospects of the graduates.

The subject can be realised with different focuses and talents - as a science of archaeological excavation and documentation, of cultural-historical interpretation and reconstruction, as well as of public presentation and discussion.

The aim of the programme is thus to test one's own interests, to deepen one's skills and to develop new competencies under the supervision of the lecturers. Accordingly, the Winckelmann Institute realises its archaeological teaching on a broad spectrum, which combines both scientific and practical approaches. Students can also collaborate on current research projects, participate in field campaigns, write scientific texts, realise exhibitions, or create 3D models/Virtual Reality applications.

In this way, we open a wide range of perspectives and opportunities for all our students to apply what they have learned at the HU in their future careers. The acquired skills enable students to work in a wide range of professional activities within and outside the academic field, e.g. in research, museums, the media, publishing, cultural management, politics and economics or adult education.

Video (in German): Was macht ein Archäologe an der Mittelmeerküste? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dau16ZqC24g)

What skills and interests do you need?

  • Fun in the exploration of foreign, past cultures and their material traditions,
  • interest in the history of ancient Greece and Rome,
  • enjoyment of encountering archaeological excavation sites and ancient buildings and objects,
  • curiosity in the critical analysis and creative discussion of scientific observations and theses, methods, and theories,
  • desire to travel in the Mediterranean countries and participate in archaeological field campaigns and archaeological research projects,
  • readiness to read and deal with archaeological evidence intensively,
  • motivation to do research and practice-oriented work.

Programme content

The best place to find information about programme content is the annotated university calendar. It is online at hu.berlin/vorlesungsverzeichnis.

You will find the module descriptions, the course curriculum and other details in the course and examination regulations, available online at www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 93/2014, 1. rev. no. 65/2016.

Classical Archaeology as a bachelor’s core subject (120 CP)

Mandatory area (60 CP)

Module 01: Basic module (10 CP)
Module 02: Material Culture I: Greece (10 CP)
Module 03: Material Culture II: Rome (10 CP)
Module 04: Greek Archaeology I (10 CP)
Module 05: Roman Archaeology I (10 CP)
Module 13: Bachelor's thesis (10 CP)

Mandatory elective modules I (30 CP)

Three of the following five modules must be completed:
Module 06: Greek Archaeology II (10 CP)
Module 07: Roman Archaeology II (10 CP)
Module 08: Text, Image, Medium (10 CP)
Module 09: Discuss, argue, present (10 CP)
Module 10: Archaeological practice (10 CP)

Mandatory elective modules II (10 CP)

One of the two modules must be chosen:

Module 11: Internship (10 CP)
Module 12: Free choice in the subject (10 CP)

General elective modules (20 CP)

In addition to specialised study, Students acquire non-specialist and interdisciplinary key qualifications of 20 CP. The general elective modules can be chosen from the module catalogues of other subjects or central institutions (see: http://agnes.hu-berlin.de/).

Classical Archaeology as a bachelor’s second subject (60 CP)

Mandatory area (30 CP)

Module 01: Basic module (10 CP)
Module 02: Material Culture I: Greece (10 CP)
Module 03: Material Culture II: Rome (10 CP)

Mandatory elective modules I (20 CP)

Two of the following modules must be completed:

Module 04: Greek Archaeology I (10 CP)
Module 05: Roman Archaeology I (10 CP)
Module 06: Greek Archaeology II (10 CP)
Module 07: Roman Archaeology II (10 CP)

Mandatory elective modules II (10 CP)

One of the two modules must be chosen:

Module 08: Text, Image, Medium (10 CP)
Module 09: Discuss, argue, present (10 CP)

General elective course offerings for Students coming from other courses of studies

Module 08: Text, Image, Medium (10 CP)
Module 09: Discuss, argue, present (10 CP)
Module 14: Perspectives in Classical Archaeology (10 CP)

Master’s degree

You can go on to apply for the Classical Archaeology master’s programme at HU (www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 62/2014).

You will find information on these and other master’s courses in the course catalogue.

Addresses

Department of Archaeology / Section Classical Archaeology, Unter den Linden 6, R. 2080, http://winckelmann-institut.hu-berlin.de, Tel. +49 30 2093-98130

Course Advisory Service and Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: Dr. Filser, Tel. +49 30 2093-2771; Dr. Pearson, Tel. +49 30 2093-98118, studienberatung.archäologie@hu-berlin.de

Applications: How to apply, Information for prospective international students

Links to job market: www.berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de; www.abi-berufsberatung-berlin.de

Version: December 2020

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