Classics embraces the study of all aspects of the cultures of Greece and Rome (their languages, literature, thought, religion, art, archaeology and history) and their influence on later ages. Because the ancient world is such a rich and many-sided subject, there are many different ways of being interested in it, and of turning that interest into structured study.
Our BA degree programmes are designed to allow you to choose the approach, and the combination of subjects, that best suits your own individual interests. Whichever of them you choose, it will equip you not only with specialist expertise (and we hope a lasting source of insight and enjoyment), but also with the adaptability, and the transferable skills of research, analysis, presentation and critical thinking, that are valued by graduate employers.
Classical subjects have been taught at King’s College London since 1831. Today the Department of Classics is rated as one of the best in the country, renowned for its quality of teaching, student experience and cutting-edge research.
Classics embraces the study of all aspects of the cultures of Greece and Rome (their languages, literature, thought, religion, art, archaeology and history) and their influence on later ages. Because we are a department of ancient history and classical archaeology, as well as of language and literature-based classics, and of classical studies, our degree programmes offer a range of different emphases, so you can choose the one which best reflects your own interests and strengths.
Our Single Honours programmes offer the choice between a focus on Greek and Latin literature and language (Q800 Classics), a focus on the history of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world (Q806 Ancient History), a focus on art history and archaeology (V414 Classical Archaeology), or a more broadly-based approach to ancient civilization as a whole (Q810 Classical Studies). Our programmes provide the flexibility for students to take courses from more than one discipline. For example, Classics students can take historical and archaeological modules, while those from other degree programmes can take a substantial proportion of language-based courses (with the option of switching into ‘Classics’ later on).
Our Combined Studies programmes allow you to blend the ancient world with other kinds of study. There are 50/50 combinations with Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, and Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, and 75/25 combinations with English.
Our close relations with the Centre for Hellenic Studies and Digital Humanities provide the opportunity to study aspects of late antique and Byzantine culture, Medieval Latin, and the classical tradition in art and literature. We also make full use of London’s unparalleled resources for studying the ancient world. We encourage the learning of Greek and Latin as fundamental to the study of the ancient world, and teach both, from beginners’ level up. In recognition of the insights that reading the texts in the original language enable, all students learn Greek or Latin during the first year at least (or, in the case of Classics students, both).