Programme structure

The bachelor programme in Ancient languages and Literatures: Classics totals 180 credits over 3 years (3 x 60 credits). It consists of a basic major syllabus of 150 credits and a minor syllabus of 30 credits (2 x 15 credits, over years 2 and 3).

There are five main strands in the Bachelor’s programme:

(1) general training in different humanities subjects (history and historical criticism, literature and linguistics, philosophy and religious studies, arts and civilisations);

(2) training in Antiquity studies and the related disciplines of classical philology, including an introduction to Oriental languages and literature;

(3) training in Greek language and literature (history of the literature, study of the language, study of texts by writers of prose and poetry), which can lead on to a Bachelor’s paper;

(4) training in Latin language and literature (history of the literature, study of the language, study of texts by writers of prose and poetry), which can lead on to a Bachelor’s paper;

(5) training in a modern language (English or German).

The first year of the Bachelor’s degree opens with a term which mainly consists of general training courses common to all the Bachelors’ programmes in the Faculty. This common introduction to the fields of history, history of art and literature provides a basic grounding and enables students to change direction if they wish at the end of the first semester.

From the first semester of the first year there are also specific subject courses. These form the main part of the training in the second semester of this first year.

From Block 2, students continue their studies in their major subject and are also invited to choose a 30-credit minor with a view to broadening their intellectual and professional horizons. This minor can be selected from another faculty discipline or from another UCLouvain faculty, subject to certain admission requirements set by the programme managers.