Classics (Literae Humaniores)
Classics offers you a great opportunity to study a vast range of subject areas focusing on the Graeco-Roman world and its reception into modern times. There are opportunities for studying a variety of different materials including written texts, buildings, wall paintings and pots, from Britain to Egypt, Iran to Germany, 2000 BC to AD 2000. Whether you’re interested in what Homeric warriors wore, how Ciceronian oratory influences modern politics, or the survival of an ancient text, there is something for everyone in a Classics degree.
If you have studied Latin and/or Greek, then you will normally be eligible to apply for Classics Course I. Course IA is designed for those who have studied Latin and Greek to A-Level (or equivalent), IB for those who have studied only Latin, and IC for those who have studied only Greek to that level.
If you have not studied either Latin or Greek but would like to take up one (or both), then you may apply for Classics Course II. Those who take Course IIA learn Latin from scratch, those who take Course IIB learn Greek from scratch. If you are accepted on a course to study one of the languages as a beginner, you will be asked to attend a summer school before you start your degree.
Whether you start as a Course I or Course II student you end up sitting the same final exams in Classics. Course II students learn one or both of the ancient languages from scratch to be able to sit the final examinations along side those who already have Latin and/or Greek.
The first five terms are spent preparing for the first public examination, known as ‘Mods’ (Honour Moderations in Classics). Classics I students take ten papers, Classics II students take seven. From then on there is no difference between Classics I and Classics II; all students prepare for the final exams which are known as 'Greats'.
You then spend seven terms preparing for Greats. You take eight papers, from a choice of around eighty, covering Greek and Latin literature, philosophy, archaeology, linguistics and ancient history. Examples of the papers available can be found on the Final Examination page.
UCAS CODE: Course I: Q800, Course II: Q810
Course Length: 4 years
Course requirements: Latin and / or Greek to A-Level (or equivalent) for Course I, no ancient language requirements for Classics II.
University Prospectus: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses-listing/classics