Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full-time
27 September 2021
Department of Study
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Location of Study
University of Warwick
Our Classics and English (BA) degree will enable you to study classical antiquity (its literature, art, material culture and thought) together with its reception in English literature through the Western tradition
If you have an interest in both Classics and English, and have studied either Latin or Ancient Greek to A level (or equivalent), this course will enable you to study classical antiquity (its literature, art, material culture and thought) together with its reception in English literature through the Western tradition. We are one of only a few universities in the UK to offer a combined degree that treats the two subjects as a continuum. The course examines the multiple and ever-evolving interactions between the artistic production of classical antiquity and English literature, from Shakespeare to contemporary poets, novelists and dramatists.
You will study four modules each year. Your second year comprises entirely of optional modules, enabling you to pursue areas of particular academic interest.
All our degrees involve core modules in your first year. In subsequent years, you build on what you have learnt through a choice of modules, which allow you to engage in your own way with the two inter-related fields of study.
In your first year you study Classics modules in Roman or Greek Culture and Society, plus Latin or Greek, alongside two English core modules (currently Modes of Reading, and either Epic into Novel, or Medieval to Renaissance English Literature). In your second and third years you may choose from a range of optional modules from either department, with flexibility increasing in your third year, when you will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, supervised by a member of either Department.
Second and final year students may take one 30-CAT module or two 15-CAT modules from outside the department (e.g. from the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning or another academic dept) in place of an optional module.
How will I learn?
You will study both Classics and English in a variety of ways – through lectures, seminars, and language classes, and, in your final year, through a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, with guidance from your departmental supervisor.
You will take four modules (or the equivalent in credits), each with 2-3 contact hours per week (more for your language module/s).
Class sizes vary from 6 to 80. Honours modules are capped at 60.
For English modules, seminar class sizes vary from 10 to 15.
How will I be assessed?
You will take four modules each year (or the equivalent in credits), the assessment of which is generally equally divided between essays submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Your second and third years contribute equally to your final degree classification.
The following Classics and Ancient History degrees enable you to learn a modern European language in your first two years (current options are Italian and German) and spend your third year studying classical subjects at one of our partner universities in the relevant country before returning for your final year at Warwick. Currently, placements are available in Bologna, Padua, Rome or Venice, with recent confirmation of new placements in Berlin and Tübingen, Germany. Confirmation of available placements will be made in your second year.
- Classics (Ancient Greek) with Study in Europe
- Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe
- Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe
- Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe
Alternatively, you may choose to spend a year at our partner university of Monash, Australia, at the end of your second year. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities. Our own dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can give you more specific information and assistance.
General entry requirements
- AAB to include Grade A in Latin or Ancient Greek, and Grade A in English Literature or English Language-Literature (combined)
- Grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)
- 36 to include 6 in Higher Level Latin or Ancient Greek, and 6 in Higher Level English Literature or English Language-Literature (combined)
- Grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)
- We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside A level Latin or Ancient Greek and A level English Literature or English Language-Literature (combined)
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
Roman Culture and Society
This module explores what was distinctively ‘Roman’ about Roman culture and society, both in Rome itself and throughout its empire, from Britain to Bulgaria, and from the Nile to the Euphrates. The module introduces students of all backgrounds to topics from the late first century BC to the early third century AD, investigating the impact on Roman society of the emergence of sole rulers and dynastic powers, and the gradual opening up of society to provincials. It considers a range of evidence, from poetry to graffiti, monuments to religious artefacts, and is designed to provide a framework within which you can develop your own individual interests in the second and third years.
Greek Culture and Society
This module introduces students of all backgrounds to the vast panorama of Greek culture, from Homeric times to the coming of Rome. It explores some of the most distinctive features of Greek culture and its social institutions, from the polis, festivals and religion, to mythology, sport and the performance of poetry, while encouraging students to consider the degrees of continuity and difference between ancient Greek culture and their own beliefs and practices. The module is designed to provide a framework within which you can develop your own individual interests in the second and third years.
Greek Literary Texts
The purpose of this module is to build upon the ‘Greek Language and Literature’ module (or A Level/ equivalent in Ancient Greek), and to allow you to both broaden and deepen your understanding of Greek by further reading of significant works in genres that, for the most part, you will have not previously studied. As well as developing your ability to translate from Greek, the module also includes discussion of literary and grammatical points.
Latin Literary Texts
This module builds upon the ‘Latin Language and Literature’ module (or A Level/ equivalent in Latin), and allows you to develop your understanding of Latin by further reading of significant works by authors and in genres which, for the most part, you will not have previously studied. As well as developing your ability to read Latin more fluently and to translate from Latin, the module also teaches you advanced grammar, and offers an ambitious introduction to literary criticism and philological analysis at degree level.
Modes of Reading
What is a reader? How is our understanding and perception of a text formed? What does it mean to think critically when we read? This module allows you to explore these questions by putting a spotlight on the question of critical thinking in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. By studying a series of literary texts in relation to some of the most influential literary and cultural theorists of the last hundred years, you will take your own position on everything from Marxism, queer and feminist theory to ecocriticism and postcolonial critique.
Epic into Novel
Tracking the transition from the epics of the ancient world to the novels of modernity, this module introduces you to some of the most influential and formative works of world literature. You will study central texts of the classical world, such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid; the ancient Indian epic The Mahābhārata; Milton’s Paradise Lost; as well as novels like Henry Fielding’s bawdy comedy Tom Jones and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s novel of decolonising Kenya, A Grain of Wheat. Reading across history and cultures, between languages and genres, you will develop the skills to analyse narrative, character, and style.
Medieval to Renaissance English Literature
Taking you from the mythical court of King Arthur to the real world of ambition, intrigue, and danger in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, this module introduces you to early literature written in a range of genres (romance, epic, fabliau) and poetic forms. You will study texts like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Thomas More’s Utopia, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare’s sonnets to explore some of the period’s highest ideals—‘trawthe’ or integrity—as well as some of humanity’s darkest impulses: greed, deception, revenge, and desire.
Optional modules from either the Classics or English department.
Dissertation (supervised by either the Classics or English Department)
Examples of optional modules/options for current students:
- English Literature and Feminisms 1790-1899
- The Vulnerable Body in Roman Literature and Thought
- The Question of the Animal
- Politics and Poetics in Greek and Latin Literature
- Romantic and Victorian Poetry
- Africa and the Making of Classical Literature
- Space and Place in Ancient Greek Literature
- Devolutionary British Fiction
- Democracy and Imperialism
- The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian
- Explorations in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
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Graduates from Classics courses have gone on to work for employers including:
- Cancer Research UK
- Comic Relief
- English Heritage
- John Lewis and Partners
- Teach First
- The British Museum
- Waitrose and Partners
They have pursued roles such as:
- Business and related associate professionals
- Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
- Finance and investment analysts and advisors
- Legal associate professionals
- Management consultants and business analysts
- Marketing associate professionals
- Teaching and other educational professionals
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant. They offer impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- What can you do with a Classics and Ancient History degree?
- Careers in the Creative Industries
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Next steps after your classics degree ... hear from alumni
- Networking for Classics students
"The lecturers are all very welcoming"
“I wanted to study at Warwick because the honours modules offered the option of extra original language classes which was very important to me. The classes are much smaller and give Classics students the chance to gain a more intimate understanding of the texts you have studied in lectures and seminars.
My favourite module has been Ancient Greek Theatre. Greek Theatre was great since we covered a wide range of both tragedians and comedians and I found comedy’s engagement with literary genres to be so interesting that I chose it as my topic for my dissertation.
The lecturers are all very welcoming and you don’t feel at all intimidated to talk to them about any concern you have. Their doors are always open for a chat and they are happy to go through essay questions, feedback or just to talk about how you’re getting on."
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