AUR’s Bachelor of Arts Classics and Archaeology degree is unique amongst similar archaeology degrees in that it gives students the unique opportunity to combine their study of archaeology in the classroom with the city itself: whether through taking part in an excavation, visiting one of Rome’s innumerable ancient sites or marveling at the treasures of its museums, few other courses in this field allow students such intimate interaction with their subject or such opportunities for field experience. This combination of theoretical and practical study is truly the crowning jewel of this undergraduate degree program.
Inside the classroom, students are grounded in all aspects of the Classical world, with courses spanning the geography and chronology of the ancient Mediterranean. Traditional elements of the course include studies of the art, architecture, literature, politics and philosophy of ancient Greece, Rome, and North Africa, which can be studied alongside the more contemporary Heritage Management and Screen Media components.
Beyond the campus, the opportunities offered for the study of archaeology are second-to-none, with excavations on a wide range of major archaeological sites open to our students. Our students have had first-hand experience of working on such iconic sites as the Colosseum and Forum, as well as being among the first to excavate newly-discovered sites. Many students go on to rewarding careers in archaeology and related fields.
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman & Professor Valerie Higgins
A National Geographic production, 'The Story of God' saw Morgan Freeman traversing the world to examine the history, reality and practice of religion. Introduced thus: "Today, for better or worse, the power of religion touches all of our lives, no matter what our faith. This is Morgan Freeman's journey to discover how our beliefs connect us all. This is the quest of our generation. This is the Story of God." episode 6 brought Morgan to Rome where he met AUR's Professor Valerie Higgins to discuss the ancient Roman's approach to God.
Course requirements and further detail
For more in-depth information about this program and individual course requirements, please see our full catalog.