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Archaeology of the Greco-Roman and Byzantine World (B.A.) (two subjects)

Subject:Archaeology of the Greco-Roman and Byzantine World (B.A.) (two subjects)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (two subjects)
Standard duration of study: 6 semesters
Start: Only winter semester
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the winter semester 2017/18:

  • 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 Office)



Subject description
Subject/Contents/Objectives
Students of the Bachelor's programme "Archaeology of the Classical and Byzantine World" will acquire broad knowledge in the area of art history and cultural history of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine world as well as their contact with the neighbouring cultures. Students will also learn to independently conduct scientific work. The programme especially gives an overview of the most important epochs, geographic units, types of historic monuments, functional contexts, depicted contents and iconographic traditions in their reciprocal dependency. Graduates should master the basic terminology as well as know and be able to apply the subject-specific methods and theoretical approaches of Classical and Christian archaeology and Byzantine art history as cultural and visual science. The programme conveys analytical skills in dealing with archaeological findings and works of art, especially visual competencies and a consciousness for the medial characteristics of historical sources as well as diverse practical skills.

The scientific and historic introductions into the Greek, Roman and Byzantine culture are accompanied by tutorials. The programme also takes into account the current trend toward cultural-anthropological questions and interdisciplinary field research. This takes place through cultural-comparative integrative courses in cooperation with neighbouring disciplines as well as through an increase of obligatory practical parts. The true component of the programme is comprised of internal and external internships that can be selected from the areas excavation techniques, measuring techniques, documentation of objects through writing and photography, digital picture processing, ceramic analysis and restoration, second cast techniques, museology, preservation of historical monuments, archaeological science journalism with the corresponding perspectives for enabling students for a career.


Subject areas and research foci
The connection of the subjects "Classical Archaeology" and "Christian Archaeology/Byzantine Art History" in this Bachelor's programme ensues from their common methodical basics as well as overlapping contents in the area of pagan and Christian Late Antiquity. Further synergy effects result from the complimentary research foci of the faculty representatives (e.g. political iconology, style analysis, acculturation research, gender research, the history of architecture, liturgy research).

Göttingen is an ideal location to study: The important collections and workshops belonging to the Institutes as well as the cooperation with the neighbouring museums of ancient art in Kassel, Hanover and Hildesheim offer especially favourable conditions for the required practical parts of the programme (field research, object documentation, museum presentation, insight into questions regarding archaeological restoration, numismatics and the ) and for training and research, especially in the areas of ancient sculpture, numismatics and the reception of the ancient times.


Language requirements to be fulfilled during studies
The multilingualism of the subject-specific scientific literature requires reading knowledge from the students in several European languages (English, French, Italian if necessary, Spanish and modern Greek). This promotes the international design of the programme and intercultural competencies of the students at the same time. A formal testing of these languages does not take place. Students who would like to continue with the Master's programme in "Classical Archaeology" or "Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History" are suggested to acquire missing knowledge of the ancient languages (Latin and Greek) and the aforementioned modern languages in the area of professionalization.


Programme structure
The Bachelor's Programme "Archaeology of the Classical and Byzantine World" (66 credits) is a compound programme conducted by the subjects Classical Archaeology as well as Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History. Most of the courses are obligatory for all students. In addition, students must build concentrations in the core curriculum in Classical Archaeology or Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History. The orientation modules of the introductory phase (1st and 2nd semesters) convey an overview of knowledge from central fields of both subject areas. In the consecutive advanced modules (3rd to 6th semesters) subject-specific methods and research approaches are taught by way of example in different subject areas. An essential characteristic of the programme are the method-oriented and cultural-comparative integrative courses. Students will be able to practically apply their acquired knowledge in the practice-module (module 6) that accompanies studies and allows a diversity of possibilities to individually form a concentration.

    Overview of the type and scope of the compulsory and elective compulsory modules to be taken:
  • Module 1 (orientation module I): Introduction to Greek and Byzantine archaeology (12/10)
  • Module 2 (orientation module II): Introduction to Roman Archaeology (11/8)
  • Module 3 (advanced module I): Contexts (with integrative lecture) (11/4)
  • Module 4 (advanced module II): Types, Epochs, Regions I (12/6)
  • Module 5 (advanced module III): Analysis and Interpretation I (12/6)
  • Module 6 (module accompanying studies): Archaeological Practice I (4 credits)
  • Module 7 (module accompanying studies): Archaeological Practice II (4 credits)




Subject combination
The choice of a second subject can generally be freely made. Students whose occupational goals lie in the narrower area of the Science of Antiquity and are striving for admission to a Master's programme are suggested to select the subjects and modules in the area of professionalisation from The Science of Antiquity, Art History or other Cultural Sciences (such as Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology).


Possible/suggested profiles
The acquisition of knowledge in Latin and Greek in the area of professionalisation (9 credits each) is considered to be an in-depth scientific profile as part of archaeological advanced studies.


Occupational fields
The programme conveys knowledge as well as methodical and practical skills, enabling graduates to qualify for occupations in the fields of youth and adult education, culture management, tourism, publishing houses, the press, new media, diplomatic institutions, international organisations, etc. Graduates also have the possibility to continue their studies in a Master's programme to prepare themselves for a scientific career path in fields related to museums, the conservation of ancient monuments, universities as well as non-university research institutions.