Classics Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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On successful completion of this major, students will be able to:

  • apply appropriate skills and methodologies for the reading and translating of Ancient Greek and Latin texts; and
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the vocabulary, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of the Ancient Greek and Latin languages; and
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the literature of ancient Greece and Rome in the original languages; and
  • identify and engage critically with scholarship in the field of Classics; and
  • approach all evidence about classical literatures, cultures and societies with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values; and
  • articulate the relationship between different classical Greek and Latin texts and the social, historical and cultural contexts that produced them; and
  • communicate translations and interpretations of classical Greek and Latin texts effectively, both orally and in writing; and
  • work effectively, in groups and independently, to identify, discuss and critically analyse key issues in the interpretation of classical Greek and Latin texts

Course Description

Offered by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

In this major you will study the languages of Ancient Greek and Latin, and explore ancient culture by reading ancient Greek and Roman texts in their original languages. You will progress through one or both of these languages from beginner through to advanced levels.

The overall objective of the Classics program is to introduce students to key literary texts from classical antiquity (including history, drama, oratory, philosophy, epic, and lyric poetry), and to enable students to discover the many important contributions which reading ancient texts in the original languages can make to understanding both the ancient world and the Western tradition. Knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin is also very useful for research and training in such related disciplines as biochemistry, medicine, the history and philosophy of science, archaeology, Biblical studies, history, philosophy, art history, Romance language studies, English literary studies, and music.


  • Archaeology and history
  • Curatorship, heritage and tourism
  • Teaching
  • Academia and research
  • Translation and publishing
  • Communications
  • Diplomacy
  • Government and policy

Access Object-Based Learning 

As part of Ancient World Studies, you will have the opportunity to experience Object-Based Learning (OBL) throughout your studies.

Object-Based Learning encourages you to engage directly with cultural objects in a manner that moves away from the traditional, passive approach to imparting knowledge.   With access to two Object-Based Learning labs equipped with in-built display cases, you will have the opportunity to engage directly with cultural objects to closely assess and analyse how these objects relate to theory.  

The integration of objects into subjects taught in the Bachelor of Arts is made possible by drawing on the University’s vast cultural collections.

Photo credit: John Gollings
Photo credit: John Gollings

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