The programme kicks off with an overview of Antiquity’s cultural history and its influence through to the present time. You will learn to relate Classical languages, archaeology and history to each other. In your second and third year, you will further deepen this interdisciplinary knowledge and choose a specialisation. You can specialise in a Classical language – Greek or Latin – ancient history, archaeology, or Ancient Near Eastern Studies (which includes learning Akkadian).
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The first academic year
During the first year, you will gain a clear picture of the cultural history of Antiquity, including the continuation of elements from ancient cultures into later periods. Topics that will be discussed are, among others, contacts between the Greek-Roman world and the Near East, antique philosophy, and the question of what makes a certain work “classic” and how this is determined. You will also learn to investigate ancient material and textual sources. In the second semester, you will have the opportunity to get a feel for potential specialisations to pursue after your first year.
The second and third academic year
In your second and third year, the programme will continue with interdisciplinary modules such as ‘Cultural Contact: Mediterranean Connections’, which concerns the interaction between the inhabitants of the Mediterranean region; ‘Religion in Antiquity’; and ‘Lieux de mémoire’, in which you study the way in which places gain importance because people connect stories to them. The second year will conclude with a trip to Sicily, together with students of Archaeology and Classics. Next to your regular courses, you will be able to specialise in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Greek, Latin, archaeology or ancient history. You will conclude your Bachelor’s degree by writing a thesis in which you demonstrate that you can tackle a topic in an interdisciplinary manner.
Please note: This is the study schedule of the joint programme of the Bachelor's Ancient Studies. View the UvA Course Catalogue for the programmes of the specialisations.
ACASA Bachelor's introductionPeriod 1—
A Cultural History of the Ancient World 1: The Near East and the Greek WorldPeriod 16
The Classical Canon 1: The Heritage of AntiquityPeriod 16
A Cultural History of the Ancient World 2: The Hellenistic World, Italy and RomePeriod 26
Cultural Context: East and WestPeriod 26
Historical SourcesPeriod 36
Material SourcesPeriod 46
Classics Beyond AntiquityPeriod 56
Ancient PhilosophyPeriod 66
Restricted-choice electives: Orientation CoursesPeriod 4Period 512
Cultural Contact: Mediterranean ConnectionsPeriod 16
Philosophy if the Humanities (ACASA)Period 26
Religion in AntiquityPeriod 36
Past and Present: Critical Approaches to Antiquity and Archaeological HeritagePeriod 46
ACASA excursionPeriod 56
The Classical Canon 2: The Sociology of Cultural SelectionPeriod 56
Classical Reception and Creative WritingPeriod 66
Lieux de mémoirePeriod 26
Free-choice electivesPeriod 1Period 2Period 3Period 4Period 5Period 630
Minor and electives
Next to your regular courses and your specialisation, you will also have 30 ECTS worth of space to fill by doing electives, a minor, an internship or by studying abroad.
In theory, any course can be taken as an elective, from courses offered by the Faculty of Humanities to those offered by other faculties or even other universities. Most programmes offer separate electives.
A minor is a cohesive teaching programme that consists of 30 ECTS. Doing a minor is not mandatory. However, it may be a good way to prepare for a Master’s programme or for a certain profession.
Internship and studying abroad
The programme allows for you to do an internship and/or to study abroad for a period of time.
You can enrich your study programme as well as your CV by doing an internship. This will allow you to gain experience at an organisation in the field of Ancient Studies and gives you an impression of the job opportunities they offer.
The UvA is closely involved with international programmes involved with cooperation and exchange within Europe, the United States and Canada. This gives you the opportunity to study abroad for a period of time. Moreover, this specific programme has exchange agreements with the University of Bologna and the University of Naples.
Students who are looking for a challenge in addition to the regular programme can apply for the honours programme. This programme accounts for an additional 30 ECTS and will help familiarise you with various other aspects of academic research and prepare you for a subsequent Research Master's degree.
Which students are eligible?
- Students who finish their propaedeutic phase within one year with an average of at least 7.5 can – after they have been selected – be admitted to an honours programme during the second and third year of their Bachelor’s programme.
- Application for the honours programme will take place in the second semester of your first year.
Students who successfully complete the honours programme will receive a notation of this on their Bachelor’s diploma supplement.
Learning and assessment
Ancient Studies is a three-year Bachelor’s degree. One academic year accounts for 60 ECTS credits that are spread across two semesters, each comprising two 8-week blocks and a 4-week block. As a Bachelor’s student, you are expected to spend an average of 42 hours a week on your studies. Around 14 hours a week are spent attending lectures. The remaining time will be spent on self-study, preparing for lectures, seminars and exams, as well as completing coursework and assignments.
- During lectures, the lecturer will discuss and explain the literature you read and studied beforehand.
- In the seminars, you will work closely with your fellow students, collaborating on assignments, presentations and talks.
- Assessment consists of written or oral exams, presentations, essays, reports and assignments.
Accreditation and academic title
The quality of this programme has been positively accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that after successful completion of the programme you will receive a recognised Bachelor’s degree in Ancient History (Oudheidwetenschappen) and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).