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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Greek Studies

Degree

Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - This course is suitable for students who wish to enter the teaching profession.

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

see https://www.hu-berlin.de/en/studies/counselling/course-catalogue/Standardseite?set_language=en; with or without Numerus Clausus

Combinations and Course Structure

Greek studies can be studied as:

Core subject without teaching training option: 120 CP*, with a second subject to be selected
Second subject without teaching training option: 60 CP, with a bachelor’s core subject, except Biology, Chemistry, Special Needs Education, Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus on Sign Language Education and Audio Pedagogy and Physics
Core subject with teaching training option: 113 CP, with a second subject to be selected
Second subject with teaching training option: 67 CP, with a bachelor’s core subject, except Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy/Ethics, Italian, Physics and Russian

Please refer to Bachelor’s and master’s courses at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’ and ’Teacher training programme at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’. These FAQs also offer information about combination options. The range of subjects can be found in the current ’Course catalogue’.

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 25 - 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Language skills

Students are not required to demonstrate any language skills upon enrolment. Before beginning specialist studies you need to have studied Greek up to a level equivalent to the German Graecum (requiring at least four years’ tuition). If you do not have the required language skills, a preparatory course is available before beginning study which is not included in the standard time for completing course (www.amb.hu-berlin.de, Nr. 96/2015). - Adequate German and English language skills are also required.

Study programme abroad

Study abroad periods are strongly recommended, and ‘learning agreements’ may be concluded with the faculty for this purpose.

Why study the Greek Studies at HU?

Greek Studies at HU combines a traditional classical studies approach with perspectives acquired during the last few decades of Classical Philology from dialogue with Literary Theory, Historical Anthropology, History of Mentality, Semiotics and Gender Studies. The course also includes a pronounced interest in media history and theory, including issues of internet use and new media use in current scientific practice. In addition, students have the rare opportunity to acquire knowledge in specialist disciplines such as Papyrology and Epigraphy.

Greek Studies at HU features intense discussion of original Greek texts from the very beginning of the course. This requires a corresponding knowledge of Greek.

The ancient world and its reception are an important focus of research at HU, with numerous subject areas involved. The interdisciplinary networking that includes Greek Studies receives particular support from associated institutions: the Collaborative Research Centre 644 ‘Transformations of Antiquity’ where Greek Studies is involved in the ‘Translating Antiquity’ project, and the August Boeckh Antiquity Center - an umbrella beneath which Greek and Latin Studies cooperate with Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Philosophy, Theology, Cultural Studies, New Literary Studies and Linguistics, Legal History and the History of Science. Beyond Humboldt-Universität, other Berlin universities and academic institutions are also involved in both networks.

Course objectives

  • Provision of fundamental specialist knowledge of the methods and work techniques of Greek Studies.
  • Development of key qualifications: general text and media skills from both a receptive-analytical and an active perspective; the ability to take a reflective, independent approach to language and literature; knowledge of the fundamentals of scientific work and of presenting work findings; the ability to use academic information sources (books, electronic media etc.); the ability to recognise and assess inter-cultural connections.
  • Provision of career-related additional qualifications and career-oriented elements, e.g. in the fields of the media, publishing, cultural management, museums, libraries, archives, further education and economy, and where relevant, preparation for a teaching-related master’s course.
  • The opportunity to contribute to research and development projects independently and at an early stage.
  • Create the basis for an academic career.

Content of studies

The best way to find information about course content is in the course regulations (www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 100/2014, 1. amendment no. 91/2015), and the annotated university calendar (hu-berlin.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis). You can also consult the Course Advisory Service.

Greek Studies without teacher training option

Core subject Greek Studies with 120 CP

Mandatory Modules (80 CP)
Module 01: Fundamentals and Methods, 5 CP
Module 02: Introduction to Greek Literature I (Prose), 7 CP
Module 03: Introduction to Greek Literature II (Poetry), 8 CP
Module 04: Language Training (Basic), 8 CP
Module 05: Greek Literature I (Prose), 10 CP
Module 06: Greek Literature II (Poetry and Culture), 12 CP
Module 07: Language Training (Advanced), 10 CP
Module 08: Greek Literature III, 10 CP
Module 09: Bachelor's Thesis, 10 CP

Mandatory Elective Modules (20 CP)

Module 10: In-depth work and specialisation, 10 CP

Module 11: Practical Orientation or
Module 12: Internship, each 10 CP

General elective modules (20 CP)

In addition to specialised study, Students acquire subject-specific, 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/).

Second subject Greek Studies with 60 CP

Modules 1-6 and 10 from core subject, in total 60 CP

Greek Studies with teacher training option

Core subject Greek Studies with 113 CP

Mandatory Modules (90 CP)
Module 01: Fundamentals and Methods, 5 CP
Module 02: Introduction to Greek Literature I (Prose), 7 CP
Module 03: Introduction to Greek Literature II (Poetry), 8 CP
Module 04: Language Training (Basic), 8 CP
Module 05: Greek Literature I (Prose), 10 CP
Module 06: Greek Literature II (Poetry and Culture), 12 CP
Module 07: Language Training (Advanced), 10 CP
Module 08: Greek Literature III, 10 CP
Module 09: Bachelor's Thesis, 10 CP
Module 10: In-depth work and specialisation, 10 CP

General elective modules - teacher training studies (23 CP)

In addition to specialised study, students on a bachelor’s with teacher training option will complete the Educational Sciences teacher training module (13 CP) and the ‘German as a Second Language’ module (3 CP). You will find information on this at http://studium.hu-berlin.de/lust/lehrer. The didactic module (7 CP) is also required.

Module 13: Introduction to the didactics of Greek teaching (7 CP)

Second subject Greek Studies with 67 CP

Mandatory Module (60 CP)

Modules 1-6 and 10 from core subject, in total 60 CP

General elective module - teacher training studies (7 CP)

Module 13: Introduction to the didactics of Greek teaching (7 CP)

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

Module 14: Fundamentals and Methods of Greek Philology, 10 CP
Module 15: Greek Ancient Literature as fundamental Texts of European Culture, 10 CP

Master’s degrees

Completing the Bachelor of Arts in Greek Studies enables you to study for a Master of Education, as well as the department’s Greek Studies and Classical Philology master’s courses. You will find additional HU programmes in the Course catalogue.

Important addresses

Department of Classical Philology: Unter den Linden 6, www.klassphil.hu-berlin.de/, Tel. +49 30 2093-70416
Course Advisory Service and Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: Dr. Baumgarten, Tel. +49 30 2093-70400, roland.baumgarten@rz.hu-berlin.de
Service for teacher training students: http://studium.hu-berlin.de/lust/lehrer, Tel. +49 30 2093-1571, lehrerbildung@rz.hu-berlin.de
Applications: How to apply, Information for prospective international students
Links to job market: careers information centre (http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/web/content/DE/BuergerinnenUndBuerger/ArbeitundBeruf/Berufswahl/Berufsinformationszentren/index.htm) , employment market reports (http://statistik.arbeitsagentur.de/Navigation/Statistik/Arbeitsmarktberichte/Akademiker/Akademiker-Nav.html), Federal Employment Office Berufenet (http://berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de/berufe/), www.hochschulteamberlin.de/

Version: June 2015
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