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Classical Studies BA International Honours

University of St Andrews
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
05 September 2022

About this program

Classical Studies BA International Honours

The BA (International Hons) in Classical Studies offers two pathways: Greek and Latin, or Ancient History and Archaeology. Both pathways allow you to explore the cultures of the Mediterranean world in great depth, from the Bronze Age through Late Antiquity. You will also have the option to take courses from both pathways, giving you an all-round perspective on the Greek and Roman world.

The BA (International Hons) is a joint degree delivered by both the University of St Andrews and the College of William & Mary in Virginia, USA. This joint degree allows you to spend two years at each institution.

Admission requirements

Admissions to the BA (International Honours) is highly competitive. These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.

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  • SQA Highers
  • GCE A-Levels
  • IB points

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year

  • The Greeks in a Wider World
  • Rome and the Mediterranean

Greek and Latin pathway

Students on the Greek and Latin pathway who spend their first year at St Andrews must choose one of the following Latin or Greek module pathways:

  • Elementary Latin 1 and 2
  • World of Latin 1 and 2
  • Greek Language for Beginners and Greek Literature for Beginners
  • Greek Language and Literature 1 and Greek Pastoral and Passion

Second Year

Ancient History and Archaeology pathway

Students on the Ancient History and Archaeology pathway who spend their second year at St Andrews must choose two of the following compulsory modules:

  • The Roman Empire
  • Mediterranean Communities
  • Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy
  • Culture and Thought in the Late Roman Republic

Greek and Latin pathway

  • Latin in Progress 1 and 2
  • Latin Language and Literature 1 and 2
  • The Landscape of Greek Prose (B) and Poetry (B)
  • The Landscape of Greek Prose (A) and Poetry (A)


Students will spend either their third or fourth year in St Andrews. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of advanced options.

Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered at St Andrews in previous years:

Ancient History and Archaeology

  • From Pompeii to Aquileia: The Archaeology of Roman Italy (50 BCE – 300 CE)
  • In the Footsteps of the Ancients: Exploring the Archaeology and Topography of Greece
  • The Art of the Roman Empire
  • Greek Painted Pottery
  • Magic in the Greco-Roman World
  • Eight Scenes from the Life of Alexander the Great
  • Greek Tyranny
  • Persia and the Greeks
  • Religious Communities in the Late Antique World

Greek and Latin

  • Greek Tragedy
  • ‘Satire’, Sex and Society: Greek ‘Old Comedy’
  • The History of Ancient Greek from Homer to the New Testament.
  • The Gods of Greek Literature
  • Lies, History and Ideology
  • Roman Satire
  • Latin Oratory
  • Floating Words: Anonymous Writing in Ancient Rome
  • The Art of Translation: Ovid in English
  • Roman Epic

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

In addition to these classes, students at St Andrews are expected to undertake substantial independent, but guided, work outside of the classroom. Typically, this will involve:

  • reading Greek or Latin texts
  • practising language and translation skills
  • reading ancient source material in translation
  • reading journal articles and books
  • undertaking research in the library
  • working on individual projects
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career paths

The Classical Studies BA (International Hons) provides international experience which will make students more competitive in a globalised job market. Students in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology commonly pursue careers outside of the subject focus, including:

  • cultural resource management
  • foreign service
  • journalism
  • law
  • politics.

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