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BAEnglish and Classical Literature & Civilisation

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Overview

If you have a passion for exploring the developments and similarities in culture and society through the ages, this is the perfect degree course for you. On the English side of your programme you can choose to follow either a Literature or Language pathway throughout the three years of the programme; both disciplines interrelate very well with the study of Classical Literature and Civilisation. Opportunities to integrate the two subjects in your programme include the option of writing a lengthy final-year ‘link’ Dissertation with joint supervision from the two Departments.

If you choose to follow the Literature pathway you will explore the written word from medieval to modern times, investigating the ways in which the literary culture of the English-speaking world throughout history has engaged with and shaped society. In your Classical Studies you will reach back even further in this exploration, studying the literary, philosophical and political texts at the heart of Greco-Roman culture, along with its historical context, archaeology and contemporary relevance. There will be many opportunities to investigate the resonances between the two sides of your study, including the huge influence of Classical prose and poetry on the English literary corpus.

If you choose to follow the Language pathway, your English study will provide you with a deep understanding of the way in which the English language works and, more generally, the linguistic, social and political issues surrounding language and its use. This understanding will feed into your study of the history and culture of the classical world and its relevance today. Similarly, the understanding that you gain of the roots of modern civilisation will support your exploration of language as it is used in contemporary society. You will also have the chance to study the use and development of language throughout the ancient and modern worlds, with opportunities to take classical language modules, as well as modules on the history and development of the English Language.

Programme structure

First year
In your first year, you are laying the foundations for later study in both disciplines, and will therefore be required to take equal credits in English and Classics.

Classics: The first year introduces you to literature, culture and history of the Graeco-Roman world. In core lectures you will study key texts such as the Homeric epics and Virgil’s Aeneid, and immerse yourself in Greek and Roman history from the Bronze Age to the early Roman empire. In small group tutorials you will acquire new study skills and study aspects of Greek or Roman culture in detail. If you already have GCSE or AS/A level in Greek or Latin you will be able to continue your study of the language and literature.
English pathways
Second year
In your second year, you may wish to continue with the equal distribution of credits between the two subjects, but you may wish to specialise in one or the other by altering the balance of study (perhaps in order to acquire Greek or Latin language skills, or because you are especially keen on an extra option in English).

Classics: Our core modules take you to the heart of the cultures of Athens and Rome: In Rome, you will be immersed in the age of Cicero and the dying days of the Roman republic, studying authors such as Catullus, Sallust and Lucretius as well as the many and varied works of Cicero himself. In Athens, the tragedies and comedies of the great Greek dramatists will bring to life the soul of Athens’ participatory democracy. You will also be able to choose from our unique range of options in literature, culture, language, myth, religion, art, philosophy, archaeology and history. If you want to learn Latin or Greek as a beginner, you have the opportunity to do so now. If you are continuing past GCSE or AS/A level study, you will now have the chance to take part in advanced text-reading seminars.
English pathways
Final year
In the final year, your most important decision will be whether to undertake a dissertation that combines your two subjects, or to pursue two separate, smaller research projects. Again, you have the flexibility to change your credit weighting depending on your interests and the choices you make.

Classics: The highlight of the final year is your dissertation: a substantial research project, developed in collaboration with your supervisor, on a subject of special interest to you. In addition to this, you make free choices from our unique range of options. If you studied a language, you have now gained expertise in this, and are able to read and translate a wide repertoire of texts.
English pathways
Year Abroad
You will have the option to take a year abroad between your second and final year at one of a wide range of carefully selected partner institutions from around the world.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States