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.

Cradle of writing, cradle of the state, initiator for Western antiquity and thus for today's European culture (s) - these are just some of the meanings of ancient Egypt that are relevant to today's society. But there is also a focus on the otherness of ancient Egyptian culture. The effects of studying Egyptology must therefore be fathomed and understood both in one's own roots and in others.

Egyptology - institutionalized academically since 1831 with the first chair for the subject at the Collège de France - encompasses the entire ancient Egyptian culture (s) over a period of several millennia. Starting with prehistoric cultures of the 5th and 4th millennium through the pharaonic Egyptian state (from approx. 3000 BC to the 4th century AD) to the Coptic Christians and their legacies in the 1st millennium A.D. The subject covers the geographical areas of the Egyptian Nile Valley, but also the bordering Sudan, Sinai and the deserts east and west of the Nile.

A special feature of German-speaking Egyptology is that, in contrast to other ancient science disciplines, which only deal with parts of a culture - e.g. archeology, philology and / or history - it tries to capture the entire ancient culture. The students are made familiar with the languages ??and scripts, but also with the art, history, religion and the archaeological remains of ancient Egypt; they learn to recognize and describe particularities of the ancient Egyptian culture, to draw parallels to other cultures and to understand the afterlife of ancient Egypt in the western cultures of antiquity and modern times.

At the Free University of Berlin, Egyptology forms a focus area within the Classical Studies in the bachelor’s degree, while in the master’s degree it is offered as a separate subject with both a philological and archaeological focus.

The imparting of basic knowledge is just as much a focus of interest during the course as current topics in cultural studies.

In the philological area, the focus is on learning ancient Egyptian scripts (hieroglyphs in the bachelor’s degree; hieratic, Coptic, possibly Demotic in the master’s degree) and languages ??(ancient Egyptian, Middle Egyptian in the bachelor’s degree; early Egyptian, New Egyptian, Coptic, possibly Demotic in the master’s degree). There is also the possibility of taking Koptisch as part of the bachelor's degree. Knowledge of modern languages ??(e.g. English, French) is also important for the course.

In the archaeological focus area, theories and methods of Egyptian archeology are taught. In addition, there are limited opportunities for excavation internships at Freie Universität.

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.

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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