Classical Studies may be studied with English, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish. These programmes give you a wonderful opportunity to combine the challenge of exploring the culture and thought of the ancient world with the study of English or a Modern Language. You will study two modules per year from the Classical Studies programme, including the core modules Greek and Roman Narrative or Drama, and two from either the English or the Modern Languages programme. For Classical Studies, all texts are usually taught in translation so you won’t have to study Latin or Greek language modules unless you choose to. For programmes with Modern Languages, your third year will normally be spent studying abroad, developing your language skills. Italian, Russian and Spanish can be studied as a beginner, in which case you spend more time studying language in the first year. Remaining credits can be gained from a variety of Classics module topics.
Classical Studies and Philosophy or Theology gives you a great opportunity to combine the challenge of exploring the culture and thought of the ancient world with the study of philosophy or theology. For Classical Studies, all texts are usually taught in translation, so you won’t have to study Latin or Greek language modules unless you choose to. In each programme, your study-time is divided equally between the two subjects. In Classical Studies and Philosophy, you will study Greek/Roman Philosophy in Years 1 and 2 and choose optional modules in Classical Studies. In Classical Studies and Theology, you will study Greek/Roman Philosophy or Greek/Roman Religion in Years 1 and 2 and choose optional modules in Classical Studies. In Year 3 you will study two modules in Classical Studies and two in Philosophy or Theology depending on your programme.
French and Latin gives you the opportunity to combine the study of languages and cultures that are closely related, but also intriguingly different. The study of Latin involves detailed attention to a wonderfully flexible and expressive language, but also the criticism and understanding of some of the finest literature ever composed. We aim to integrate the latest approaches to ancient language and literature with the best traditional values of rigour and attentiveness. French is taught in the Department of Modern Languages and includes both literary/cultural studies and spoken French (including a year in France).
Latin or Greek and Arabic are exciting programmes which are distinctive to Exeter and allow you to explore two rich languages and cultures. Arabic is studied primarily as a modern language, but you will also discover along the way just how important the Greco-Roman heritage was to the early Islamic world. You won’t need any prior knowledge of Arabic. Courses are normally studied over four years, but a three-year version is available for students who are unable to study abroad.
For details of the Classics and Ancient History components, please see the relevant programme description in this subject entry. For details of the second subject, please refer to the relevant subject's entry.