The bachelor's degree in Classical Studies offers a broad basic education in the five disciplines of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Classical Archeology, Prehistoric Archeology and Near Eastern Archeology. Linking the courses offered in the participating subjects in the integrative area of ??the Bachelor's degree promotes interdisciplinarity, which is important in research and teaching as well as in professional practice outside the university.

The profile area Middle East Archeology is dedicated to the archeology of the ancient Middle East. Geographically, the training area extends from Afghanistan or Pakistan to Turkey and across the Arabian Peninsula. In terms of time, it covers the span from the beginnings of human settlements to the Islamic conquest, a total of around 10,000 years. This large area of ??work is considered under the heading of the Ancient Near East. He opens up the remnants of the material culture of the ancient Near East as historical sources and processes them in such a way that statements can also be made about the economic, social, political, religious, cultural, intellectual and art-historical aspects of the ancient cultures.

The students are introduced to the archaeological-hermeneutic methods of Near Eastern archeology. During the course of studies and in the practical training for archaeological field work, the Middle East Archeology provides an understanding of methods and theories as well as basic knowledge of geography, history, sites and monuments of the Old Middle East. Due to the numerous connections to other disciplines in the humanities, social and natural sciences, she works on an interdisciplinary basis.

Program Structure

The course comprises the integrative area, which is independent of the selected profile area, the profile area, related areas and the general vocational preparation study area.

At the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

Modules in the related areas expand the specialist spectrum. In addition to the modules of the chosen profile area, the modules of the affine areas should provide the students with an expanded but self-contained qualification profile. The modules of the related areas and the services provided in them must not correspond to the modules and services of the integrative area and the studied profile area. The modules that can be selected must be coordinated with the specialist representatives or the examination offices.

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Classical Studies: Near Eastern Archeology, Mono-Bachelor

Integrative area

module Fundamentals of Classical Studies I
module Fundamentals of Classical Studies II
module Integrative topic module
module Integrative elective module from an unoccupied profile area

Profile area of ??Near Eastern Archeology

module Introduction to Near Eastern Archeology I
module Introduction to Near Eastern Archeology II
module Introduction to the techniques of archaeological work I
module Introduction to the techniques of archaeological work II
module Treasures and typologies
module Archeology of written and written epochs in the Near East
module Specialized areas of Near Eastern archeology
Elective module

Competence field ancient oriental studies

Entry Requirements

Additional entry requirements
English (level B1 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. 

Classical scholars mainly work in research and teaching at universities. Depending on the area of ??application, they carry out testing, evaluating and creative activities on the basis of archaeological and cultural-historical content. In addition, there are career prospects in areas such as monument preservation, museums and research institutions (in some cases only with a master’s degree and / or doctorate) and in unspecific professional fields such as adult education, journalism, tourism, culture and science management or publishing.

Since not all graduates find a place on the narrower specialist job market, the acquisition of additional qualifications, as they are already imparted in the General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area, as well as early orientation with regard to broader employment opportunities and the personal application strategy of of great importance for a successful career start.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.

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