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Bachelor of Classical Studies

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Ancient Greece and Rome laid the foundations for European civilisation. Since the Renaissance, educated men and women have embraced the study of Greek and Latin so that they could read the great authors of antiquity in their own words. In the Bachelor of Classical Studies at ANU, you will have the opportunity to read some of the world’s greatest literature and study the history and culture of two of the world’s most fascinating societies.

You will become familiar with individuals such as Achilles, Socrates, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. You will be encouraged to study broadly across the field of classical antiquity, defined as the Greco-Roman world from the Aegean Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC) to the transition from late antiquity to the medieval period (800 AD).

Classical Studies at ANU

In seeking to understand the ancient world, the Bachelor of Classical Studies covers a broad range of disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, art history and linguistics.

Classical Studies students learn to:

  • Identify key components and use the ancient sources to research the political, military and social history of Greek and Roman antiquity, and analyse major issues and controversies from this period
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of either Ancient Greek or Latin (or both) and familiarity with some key examples of literature in that language
  • Understand the complexities and relevance of this period in history.

There are a wide range of electives to choose from to complement your studies. You will have the opportunity to learn at least one of the classical languages and can study ancient Greek and Roman history, literature and  culture. You will also benefit from a warm and supportive teaching environment, excellent library resources and a vibrant student culture.

Classical Studies has been taught at ANU for over 50 years and is home to the Classics Museum. Spanning the Mediterranean and beyond, the collection features examples of ancient art and objects of daily life from Greece,  the Roman world, Egypt and the Near East. Notable strengths of the collection include domestic items, artefacts related to literacy and funerary commemoration, and southern Italian pottery. The museum adds depth to the experience of studying Classical Studies at ANU.

Flexible Double Degree

The Bachelor of Classical Studies can be combined with degrees in Law, Business or Science as part of the ANU Flexible Double Degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see

Study overseas

Students in the Bachelor of Classical Studies have the opportunity to take part in overseas study courses; students have visited ancient sites in Greece, Turkey and southern Italy. This unique and invaluable experience allows you to visit archaeological sites and key museums while participating in an approved course counting towards your degree.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

Career options

In the Bachelor of Classical Studies, you will gain a deep understanding of how languages work, the problems of interpreting historical evidence and the intellectual pleasure and joy available from literature and art. Bachelor students develop important transferable skills such as critical thinking and excellent written and oral communication.

Graduates of the Centre for Classical Studies have found employment in teaching, museums, government and public service, journalism, television production, research libraries and universities (as administrators and academics), among many other fields and sectors.

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If you live in a college make sure you do at least one activity at college and another in the ANU, a good balance between both makes for a well-rounded degree.

Katherine, Bachelor of Classical Studies

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