Bachelor's Programme Classica et Orientalia

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding bachelor’s programme please consult this page »

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level Bachelor (First Cycle )
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code C 033 599
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Admission Requirements Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent
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.

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies
  available at:
 Section: Current Curriculum version

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 Positive performance, where a strict differentiation is not adequate

 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
 not completed 
 Negative performance, where a strict differentiation is not adequate

Source: WS 2017/2018

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. VO Basics I Ancient History (PM 1 lit. a/2 hours/3.75 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Basics II Ancient History (PM 1 lit. b/2 hours/3.75 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Ancient History
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Philology
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Archaeology
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Society and Culture I

Second Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Society and Culture II
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to the Literature of Ancient History
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Scientific Research in Ancient History
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Antiquity and Present Times

Third Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fifth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor’s Thesis

Sixth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Workshop including the Bachelor‘sThesis

Qualification Profile and 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.

Expected Learning Outcomes

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.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

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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