Classical Archaeology – Field of study catalogue MU
“Shadows of the ancient past light our future”
The study programme of Classical Archaeology is aimed at acquiring the general knowledge that represents the vital basis for the understanding and further study of the cultural-historical development, socio-economic structures, and material culture of the two main civilizations of the ancient world: Greece and Rome.
Special courses are primarily focused on archaeology, with an emphasis on the material culture, architecture, and arts of the ancient civilizations.
An integral part of the study is practical experience in the field of archaeological prospection and research as well as in subsequent laboratory processing, documentation, and scientific evaluation of the results.
There is a unique possibility to carry out archaeological excavations and student practice in areas directly influenced by ancient civilizations, currently in Crete (sites: Oxa - Kalos Lakkos and Priniatikos Pyrgos) or at an extraordinary Roman site near Mušov.
International relations and cooperation are supported by student participation in international research and by the scientific activities of the department as well as by regular lectures provided by foreign specialists. Students are advised to attend some exchange programme. The interdisciplinary overlap of the study is very specific; in addition to specialized archaeological courses, students acquire basic knowledge and orientation in Latin and classical Greek, ancient literature, ancient history, realia and the mythology of both civilizations.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- demonstrate an orientation in classical archaeology issues, in all the fundamental aspects: material culture, history, cultural studies, topography, art, architecture, religion, and the basic languages of antiquity
- explain and describe the context of cultural and historical development, socio-economic relations, and the importance of two major civilizations of the ancient world - Greece and Rome
- provide and effectively apply theoretical and practical knowledge of basic archaeological methods and techniques of research and scientific evaluation
- work with foreign language literature, computers, IT, and specific technical and laboratory equipment necessary for archaeological research
- present the results of professional activities (paper presentations, posters, discussions etc.) and academic writing
The Bachelor’s degree study programme in Classical Archaeology provides a basic education in archaeology, history, and language, as well as practical training for work on archaeological excavations in technical professions, and in museums and other scientific, cultural and heritage preservation institutes. This education is also useful in a range of various careers and work positions in administration, travel, journalism, publishing houses, educational and cultural organizations, etc.
Graduates may choose to continue their studies in the Master’s degree study programme, which will extend and deepen their knowledge.
The standard duration of studies is six semesters. For admittance to the final state examination, students in the single-subject study programme have to earn a total of 180 credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Students in the double-subject study programme must earn at least 95 credits for the diploma studies and 85 credits for non-diploma studies. Type A/required courses constitute the basis of the discipline. Students in the single-subject study programme are required to comply with all these courses - 87 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Bachelor’s thesis), students in the double-subject study programme for diploma studies must earn 81 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Bachelor’s thesis) and students in the double-subject study programme for non-diploma studies must earn 71 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Bachelor’s minor thesis). Students choose type B/selective courses according to their interests and intended professional specialization. For the single-subject study programme, type B/selective courses represent at least 45 credits; for the double-subject study programme (both diploma and non-diploma studies) at least 6 credits are required. Part of the credits are earned from common basic courses (philosophy, physical education, and language training).
The remaining credits can be earned from optional courses offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or from other courses offered by any other study programme.
During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.
Practical training accompanied by supervision is an obligatory part of the curriculum for this study programme; students gain 6 weeks of practical field work training on an archaeological site.
The actual site choice for the practical training and its distribution across the semesters are at the student’s discretion. Preference is given to practical training at the sites where Institute researchers actively participate (Priniatikos Pyrgos, Oxa - Kalos Lakkos, Bibracte, and Mušov). Practical training at other archaeological sites in areas directly influenced by ancient cultures is also accepted.
The main requirement for completion of studies and graduation is to pass the final state examination and successfully defend the Bachelor’s thesis. The final state examination has an oral form. The questions correspond to the main courses and assigned subject areas of the Bachelor’s degree study programme, examining student knowledge in these subject areas: archaeology, arts and cultures of ancient Greece; archaeology of Etruscan Italy; Roman archaeology, Roman art, and ancient Roman civilization.
After completion of the Bachelor’s study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in any Master’s degree study programme (after satisfying the admission requirements). At the Faculty of Arts, students can apply for admission to a follow-up Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology.