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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Latin Studies

Degree

Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - This course is also 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

Latin Studies can be studied as:

Core subject without teaching training option: 120 CP*, with a second subject to be selected, except German Literature Studies and German Linguistics
Second subject without teaching training option: 60 CP, with a bachelor’s core subject, except Biology, Chemistry 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 and Physics

Please refer to Bachelor’s and master’s courses at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’ and ’Teacher training programme at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’. You will also find information about potential combinations there. For information on the range of subjects, see 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 your specialised studies, you need to have studied Latin up to a level equivalent to the German Latinum (requiring four or five years’ tuition). If you do not have the required language skills, a preparatory course is available before beginning study (www.amb.hu-berlin.de, Nr. 87/2015). It is not included in the standard time for completing course. - Language skills in a modern foreign language to university admission qualification level are also expected. An adequate knowledge of German is also required.

Study programme abroad

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

Latin and the Science of Classical Antiquity - why study this subject at HU?

At Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, there is an unusually large number of subjects dealing with classical antiquity. This continues a tradition that dates back to the founding of the university in 1810, and gives it new life.

Under the umbrella of the August Boeckh Antiquity Center (with the ‘Transformation of Classical Antiquity’ special research area as the core), Latin Studies cooperates with Greek Studies, Ancient History, Classical Philology, Philosophy, Theology, Cultural Studies, Modern Literature Studies and Linguistics, and the History of Law and Science.

Latin Studies draws its conception of itself from participation in current literary and cultural studies theoretical debates. Its research focuses particularly on the following fields: Augustan, Neronian and Flavian poetry, historiography, rhetoric, late antiquity, cultural studies, the study of metre, translation studies, linguistics and new media (particularly the KIRKE internet portal).

In addition, Berlin contains a wealth of research institutes unique in the German-speaking world - the neighbouring universities of FU Berlin and University of Potsdam, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Archaeological Institute and the museums of antiquity - which work in synergistic exchange. The benefits of the location positively impact the bachelor’s course. The Humboldtian ideal of an organisational connection between research and teaching also forms part of the new course’s new organisational form.

Course objectives

  • Teaching the content-related focuses: 1) command of and reflection upon language, 2) intensive consideration of Latin literature (particularly the late republic and the early imperial age) and its reception during and post- antiquity, 3) knowledge of ancient culture and history (particularly Roman).
  • Development of key qualifications: networked and multi-factorial thinking, strategies for obtaining information by interpreting complex texts and systems, historical abstraction, ability to participate in interdisciplinary discourse, research skills, and the ability to process complex facts in a structured and transparent way.
  • Development of the ability to combine precision and attention to detail with substantial abstraction capability; development of great intellectual capacity.
  • Provision of career-related additional qualifications and career-oriented elements, e.g. in the fields of the media, publishing, cultural management, museums, libraries, archives, continuing education and economy, and where relevant, preparation for a teaching-related master’s course.
  • Create the basis for an academic career.

Content of studies

The best places to find information about course content are the course regulations (www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 78/2014, 1. amendment no. 93/2015), and the annotated university calendar (hu-berlin.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis). You can also consult the Course Advisory Service.

Latin Studies without teacher training option

Core subject Latin Studies with 120 CP

Mandatory Modules (80 CP)

Module 01: Methods and Fundamentals of Latin Studies, 5 CP
Module 02: Language Training - Basic Module, 6 CP
Module 03: Introduction to Latin Literature I - Prose, 7 CP
Module 04: Introduction to Latin Literature II - Poetry, 10 CP
Module 05: Language Training - Advanced Module I, 6 CP
Module 06: Language Training - Advanced Module II, 5 CP
Module 07: Latin Literature III - Prose, 11 CP
Module 08: Latin Literature IV - Poetry, 10 CP
Module 09: Latin Literature V, 10 CP
Module 10: Bachelor’s thesis, 10 CP

Mandatory elective Modules (20 CP)

Module 11: In-Depth Studies/ Focusing, 10 CP
Module 12: Practical Orientation or
Module 13: 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 Latin Studies with 60 CP

Mandatory Modules

Modules 1-8 from core subject, in total 60 CP

Latin Studies with teacher training option

Core subject Latin Studies with 113 CP

Mandatory Modules (90 CP)

Module 01: Methods and Fundamentals of Latin Studies, 5 CP
Module 02: Language Training - Basic Module, 6 CP
Module 03: Introduction to Latin Literature I - Prose, 7 CP
Module 04: Introduction to Latin Literature II - Poetry, 10 CP
Module 05: Language Training - Advanced Module I, 6 CP
Module 06: Language Training - Advanced Module II, 5 CP
Module 07: Latin Literature III - Prose, 11 CP
Module 08: Latin Literature IV - Poetry, 10 CP
Module 09: Latin Literature V, 10 CP
Module 10: Bachelor’s thesis, 10 CP
Module 11: In-Depth Studies/ Focusing, 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 14: Introduction to the didactics of Latin teaching (7 CP)

Second subject Latin Studies with 67 CP

Mandatory Modules (60 CP)

Modules 1-8 from core subject, in total 60 CP

General elective module - teacher training studies (7 CP)

Module 14: Introduction to the didactics of Latin teaching (7 CP)

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

Module 15: Methods and Fundamentals of Latin Studies, 10 CP
Module 16: Latin Ancient Literature as Fundamental Texts of European Culture, 10 CP

Master’s degrees

Completing the Bachelor of Arts in Latin Studies enables you to study for a "Master of Education", as well as the department’s "Latin 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. Bormann, Tel. +49 30 2093-70428, diana.bormann@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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