This degree allows you to study the full range of literature in English alongside the classical texts which have influenced the literary tradition and the historical context that shaped them.
Core modules will introduce you to the Greek and Roman worlds and key texts like the Iliad and Aeneid, while you'll also explore aspects of poetry, drama and prose in English.
You'll also be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics as broad as medieval English romance, Plato, creative writing, Greek religion, postcolonial fiction, Pompeii, and the ways in which contemporary writing has engaged with Classics. There's even the option to learn from scratch or continue with Ancient Greek or Latin.
Spanning literature, history, archaeology and philosophy among other disciplines, this wide-ranging Joint Honours degree will equip you with a broad set of skills. It will also give you an insight into the making of the world we live in and its ancient cultural heritage.
Leeds has plenty of useful resources for students of both Classics and English. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
You'll spend your first year exploring poetry, drama and prose in English through core modules, as well as discovering Greek and Roman literature and society and developing your research skills.
This will lay the foundations for the next two years, when you'll choose from core modules covering different periods of English literary history from the medieval period to today, and focus on two classical texts which have been the cornerstones of European literature: the Iliad and the Aeneid.
You'll also choose from an impressive spread of optional modules in each subject, which could include Greek art, contemporary theatre, Ovid, American fiction, Dante's engagement with Classics, folklore and mythology, Shakespeare, Augustus, and war literature. You could specialise even further in your dissertation, where you'll demonstrate your critical and research skills by focusing on a topic of your choice.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in English and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
A degree as demanding and broad as Classical Civilisation and English equips you with a wide range of transferable skills that are highly valuable to employers.
You'll have advanced communication skills, which allow you to present and defend your ideas confidently and clearly. You'll also have strong independent research skills, and be able to think critically about the information you find. You'll also have teamwork skills, and the organisational skills needed to handle two different subjects.
This means graduates are in a great position to succeed in diverse careers. They've gone into publishing, law, journalism, education, advertising and marketing, business and finance, the charity sector, and the civil service. Many have also continued to postgraduate study.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.
Classics at Leeds also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Göttingen in Germany, Verona in Italy, and Thessaloniki in Greece. You could apply to spend a year studying at any of these institutions - language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.
Read more about study abroad in Classics
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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