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Classical Archaeology B.A.


Combined Bachelor of Arts

Program structure

Combinatorial degree programs: These programs combine either a bachelor's subject with a second major subject, or a bachelor's subject with two minor subjects.
You can choose (almost) all the subjects offered by the three philosophical faculties. In addition, second majors and minors can be chosen in business administration, economics, business information systems (only as a second major), and it may be possible to apply to take a second major or minor in further subjects.

Subject are put together in the following combinations:

  • either: 1 bachelor's subject (including the thesis) + 1 second major
  •  or: 1 bachelor's subject (including the thesis) + 2 minor subjects

List of subjects involved

Special features

The Institute of Classical Archaeology at the university of Regensburg is part of the newly founded "Netzwerk Klassische Archäologie" (Network of Classical Archaeology), encompassing the archaeological institutes of the universities of Bochum, Bonn, Freiburg, Göttingen, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Rostock, and Tübingen. The joint initiative of this network is sponsored by the Stiftung Mercator and the Volkswagen Foundation. The so-called PONS-Brücke stimulates and facilitates student exchanges among partnering institutes and supports this temporary change of study location financially and logistically. Furthermore, in the framework of the Bavarian Elite-network (Elite-Netzwerk Bayern), the Institute of Classical Archaeology of Regensburg cooperates with the elite/master study course "Aisthesis. Historische Kunst- und Literaturdiskurse", being reflected in the courses of study of the institute; http://www.kunst-bilddiskurse.de.

The focus on visual culture is deepened by the cooperation with the research association "Sehen und Verstehen" (Seeing and Understanding) of the University of Regensburg.


Classical Archaeology sees itself as a historically and art-historically oriented, interdisciplinary cultural science. It deals with the material legacy of all areas of life of Greek and Roman antiquity, from the 2nd millennium BC to late antiquity. It also includes numerous marginal and neighboring cultures, insofar as they had a cultural relationship with ancient Greece or Rome. The subject of the discipline encompasses thus the roots of European (or Oriental) art and culture and the critical transmission of their cultural memory, which have been repeatedly invoked and reinterpreted at various times in the European Occident (but also in the Islamic Orient).

The balanced combination of a decidedly pictorial research approach and a research focus oriented towards archaeological excavation contexts and topographical issues, as well as the inclusion of Etruscology, which is otherwise rarely cultivated at German universities, give Classical Archaeology in Regensburg its special profile compared to other archaeological university institutes.

Professional prospects / competencies

Upon completion of the bachelor's program, students should be able to independently apply the diverse methods and working techniques of classical archaeology on a secure knowledge base. The spectrum of skills ranges from pictorial analysis and methods of interpretation in cultural history to the critical recording of findings (e.g. of excavation situations). Practical skills include knowledge of the most important scientific languages (in addition to German: English, Italian, French and possibly Modern Greek), as well as practical experience in the field of excavation.

Professional perspectives in the closer field of classical archaeology are, after completion of the consecutive master's program as well as the structured doctoral program, a university career, a job in museums, in research institutes (e.g. German Archaeological Institute), in the preservation of historical monuments or in the excavation business (e.g. excavation company). Outside the boundaries of the discipline, the acquired competence in cultural-historical issues and working techniques can also be used profitably in many fields, e.g. journalism, publishing, cultural management, etc.

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

Practical experience can be gained from, amongst other things, working on excavations in the Mediterranean region, which can be carried out using third-party funds from the institute's teaching staff. In addition, internships (at excavations or museums) and language courses (modern and ancient languages) can be taken, which can be recognized and awarded credits in a subsequent master's degree program. Thanks to the cooperation of the Institute of Classical Archeology with Building Archaeology at the OTH Regensburg, you also have the opportunity to take practical courses (surveying, drawn or digital) which can also be recognized and awarded credits in a subsequent master's degree program.

Disciplines involved

As part of an interdisciplinary module (KLA-M04), courses in ancient history, classical philology, art history, and prehistory and early history are integrated into the program.

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 6 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

180 ECTS credits overall;
comprising 90 ECTS credits in the bachelor's subject, 60 ECTS credits in the second subject and 30 ECTS credits in each minor subject

Language of instruction


Program can be started

In the winter and summer semester

What qualities do I need to have?

Interest in Classical Antiquity in all its manifestations, especially in material culture, matters of visual studies, and in cultural-historical contexts

Restricted admittance

No admission restriction based on grades

Legal requirements for admission

General qualification for university entrance , subject-related baccalaureate or vocational qualification

Application deadline(s)

An application is not necessary, as the program is not admission restricted.

Information for international applicants.

Registration dates and deadlines

Information on the dates for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office

Language skills needed

Prior to registering for the bachelor's thesis, the "Latinum" (in the first major subject) and knowledge of Greek (Ancient Greek) must be provided. In the second major subject as well as in the minor subject knowledge of Latin is sufficient.
Good language skills in English are recommended, as well as the acquisition of at least elementary reading skills in French, Italian and, if applicable, Modern Greek during the course of studies.

Information on German language certificates for international applicants

Documents needed (to apply / register)

Information on the documents required for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Information on the application documents for international applicants

Contact within the faculty


PD Dr. Birgit Bergmann
Phone +49941 943-3721
E-Mail Birgit.Bergmann@psk.uni-regensburg.de

Regarding questions about the „PONS“ network:
Phone +49941 943-3720
E-Mail Sekretariat_Archaeologie@psk.uni-regensburg.de


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