What is Classics?
The study of Classics focuses on the period known as classical antiquity. This period spans from the Bronze Age of Ancient Greece to the fall of the Roman Empire. In most courses, you will have a chance to explore the history, culture, art, archaeology, philosophy and linguistics of classical antiquity in order to understand the ancient world and our relationship to it today.
Depending on the type of course you choose to study at university, this may or may not include the studying of an ancient language.
What can I do with a Classics degree?
The study of Classics at undergraduate level will equip you with a range of transferable skills. Those who graduate from the degree are seen to be analytical, logical and skilled in communicating. Those who choose to work within the field may become museum archivists or curators, academics or may work in the fields of education, arts, culture or heritage. Others who decide to pursue a career less relevant to the study of Classics may work in fields such as politics, law, PR and marketing, finance, media and many more.
What might I need to study Classics?
Whilst the study of Classical Civilisation or an ancient language such as Latin or Greek is useful, many universities including Cambridge offer routes through which you can learn the foundations for studying Classics in your first year. This may include taking on a longer course, in order to dedicate your first year to studying a language(s) intensely.
Beyond this, having A levels or equivalent in essay based humanities subjects would set you up well for the course. Useful subjects may include English, History or a language.
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Classics at Cambridge
Undergraduate students and staff talk about studying Classics at the University of Cambridge.
Classics at Cambridge
Find out about studying Classics at Cambridge.
Classics on UCAS
Discover Classics courses available at other universities.
Greeks, Romans, U
A website created by the Cambridge Classic’s faculty to give you an insight into studying Classics at Cambridge.
Ashmolean Online Collection
The Ashmolean Museum have digitised artefacts for online viewing.
Theoi Greek Mythology
An online encyclopaedia to everything from Greek mythology and religion.