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 Study Classics at Otago

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Classics is the study of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. The importance of the Greeks and Romans is their immense influence on the development of western civilisation. Our language, literature, art, drama, philosophy, political and legal systems, art and architecture are all derived from Greece and Rome.

In studying Classics we are studying the European origins of our own culture. At the same time Greece and Rome are fascinating subjects in their own right, and the interdisciplinary nature of Classics means that there are links with almost all other Arts subjects.

The Classics Department offers a single major covering three subjects,  GreekLatin and Classical Studies. You can combine these in whatever proportions suit your interests best.

Classical Studies

Classical Studies papers take a broad approach to Greek and Roman civilisation, covering history, literature, art, mythology and religion.

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Contact details

Department of Classics


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See the full list of Classics (CLAS) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Classics (including Classical Studies, Greek and Latin)

Level Papers Points

Any two CLAS, GREK or LATN 100-level papers


Any three CLAS, GREK or LATN 200-level papers


Any four papers from CLAS, GREK or LATN 300-level papers, PHIL 335


198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Classics (including Classical Studies, Greek and Latin)


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Master of Arts (MA) in Classics

  • Thesis: CLAS 5

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Master of Arts in Classics - coursework option


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Minor Subject Requirements

Classics as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level Two CLAS, GREK or LATN papers at 100-level (or above) 36
200-level Two CLAS, GREK or LATN papers at 200-level (or above) 36

One 300-level CLAS, GREK or LATN paper


No paper forming part of a minor in Greek or Latin may also count for a minor or major subject requirement in Classics

Total   90

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