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Greek (B.A.) (2-subject-scheme, course profile: teaching qualification)

On the trail of Homer: Discover the beginnings of European literature and intellectual history! In the B.A. degree programme in Greek, you will gain well-founded language training (a qualification in Greek can be acquired during the programme) and the necessary philological know-how to make Greek texts accessible to you: Who created the text? Who read it? Who heard it? Who saw it? What message does the text convey? What does it reveal about the world (view) of the Greeks? The programme is expanded by numerous possibilities for field trips and a close connection to neighbouring studies such as History and Archaeology.


Program: Greek (B.A.) (2-subject-scheme, course profile: teaching qualification)
Final Award: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Course Length: 6 semesters
Enrolment: winter semester only
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the winter semester 2018/19:

  • 1st subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): open admission (application to International Student Services)



Subject Details
Students are to develop an appropriate level of proficiency and accuracy in the usage of Greek grammar and language, enabling them to translate a) Greek poetry and prose of medium difficulty into German and b) German prose of low or medium difficulty into Greek, both without recourse to auxiliary references. They will further obtain a survey of the genres and history of Greek literature from its beginnings in the archaic to the imperial period, including an introduction to the most important meters of Greek verse. Students will also acquire knowledge and mastery of the basic hermeneutic tools of Classical Philology in order to develop the ability to read with discrimination, interpret and evaluate the Greek originals. The program further provides its students with insights into the most relevant auxiliary and neighboring disciplines of Greek studies, especially into Latin literature.


Greek in Goettingen, Research focus
In addition to Greek and Latin literature of the classical period the Classical Department of Goettingen has further specialized in literature of the imperial period and late antiquity as well as in subject-related didactics.


Degree Scheme
The structure of the degree programme matches the guidelines in the regulations for 2-subject-scheme degree programmes; it comprises 9 compulsory modules and an elective module:

  • 1: Introduction to Ancient Greek Literature and Philology - Basic Module
  • 2-1: Ancient Greek Language I - Basic Module
  • 2-2: Ancient Greek Language II - Basic Module
  • 3: Ancient Greek Literature I: Poetry - Basic Module
  • 4: Ancient Greek Literature II: Prose - Basic Module
  • 5: Latin Literature for Students of Ancient Greek - Basic Module
  • 7: Ancient Greek Literature III
  • 8: Ancient Greek Language - Intermediate Module
  • 9: Didactic Competence
  • Elective Module: Classics (Ancient history, Archaeology, Linguistics, or Latin Literature of the Middle Ages)


Language Requirements
Graecum and Latinum. If you only have an intermediate Latin certificate, you will have to obtain the Latinum in the first subject semester. Additionally, contacting the academic advisor prior to your studies is highly recommended. If you don't have the Graecum, you will have to obtain it as soon as possible, at least up to attaining the modules 2-1, 2-2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9.


Combination of Subjects
Subject combinations teacher training (pdf)