Bachelor's Programme Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies

You want to read and understand ancient languages, put material legacies into historical contexts and understand intercultural contexts?

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The students of the Master’s Degree Programme in Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies investigate the Mediterranean region and the Middle East from the beginning of written culture to late antiquity.

The programme is also focused on studying contacts and interactions between cultural regions. What are the impacts of these interactions on the present time? Students access these topics by using methods of history, philology and archaeology and learn to apply acquired competencies in an interdisciplinary way.

Please note: the language of instruction for this programme is German.


Study code
UC 033 599

Supplemental Examination
Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

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Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments and to apply the skills required in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills.

The Bachelor’s Programme Classica et Orientala covers the area of the Mediterranean world to the Middle East from the beginning of the script to late antiquity. The programme’s approaches are the methods of ancient history, ancient eastern and classical philology as well as near eastern and classical archaeology. Special attention is to be given to the contacts and interactions between cultural regions and political structures as well as the resulting findings and consequences for the present time.

Introduction to the methodology of three different disciplines offers graduates a wide access to the subject-matter, with required specialisation in the subject. The ability to apply the specially developed competences interdisciplinarily is especially emphasized in the study programme.

Apart from subject-specific skills, general qualifications are acquired, such as to critically, objectively and clearly present the issues resulting from the sources, the ability to critically examine historical gender roles, the ability to assume an independent critical position towards scientific and popular views, theories, ideologies and dogmas, the ability to apply the knowledge acquired to understand historical-political, cultural and religious-ideological positions as well as values such as intercultural understanding, tolerance etc.

Apart from a scientific basic education that qualifies graduates for a relevant master’s programme, the bachelor’s programme offers career opportunities in the fields of exhibitions, monument preservation, scientific service in museums, libararies and collections, adult education, further education, press and publishing, bookselling and literature, media and public relations, cultural tourism, cultural management.

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Am 13. Juni 2023 durfte ein kleines Jubiläum gefeiert werden: Es erschien die bereits 15. Ausgabe des eJournals historia.scribere. Zwölf Arbeiten von Studierenden der Universität Innsbruck konnten so über dieses Medium der drei historischen Institute (Alte Geschichte und Altorientalistik, Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Zeitgeschichte) publiziert und der Fachwelt sowie der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht werden.

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Am 21. Juni 2022 erschien die 14. Ausgabe von historia.scribere. Gleich zwölf Studierende der Studienrichtung Geschichte durften sich über die Publikation und Auszeichnung ihrer Arbeiten in der Online-Zeitschrift der Institute für Alte Geschichte und Altorientalistik, Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie sowie Zeitgeschichte freuen.

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Die Corona-Maßnahmen sind auch an der Preisverleihung der zwölften Ausgabe von historia.scribere am 15. Juni 2020 nicht spurlos vorübergegangen: Die Online-Zeitschrift der Institute für Alte Geschichte und Altorientalistik, Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie sowie Zeitgeschichte wurde heuer online vorgestellt.

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