Classics and Ancient History

Exploring past and present worlds of the Mediterranean

Examine the rich culture and language of the Mediterranean from history through to current day.

Why study Classics and Ancient History?

From Spain and Morocco in the West to Turkey, Syria and Egypt in the East, study of the Mediterranean Basin offers insight into a region of fascinating ancient cultures.

This interdisciplinary field of study lets you bring together language, cultural and historical subjects to better understand the Mediterranean region's past.

Learn how ancient Mediterranean identities were constructed and develop an understanding of broad historical, cultural, artistic and linguistic developments in the Mediterranean region throughout antiquity.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2018 Handbook.

Where can Classics and Ancient History take me?

Classics and Ancient History can be studied as a minor alongside one of our 26 majors and will complement a variety of specialisations, including history, philosophy, archaeology, history, language and literature.

You will develop writing, presentation, research and analytical skills that will be useful in many different areas of employment including heritage work, education, journalism, gallery, library and archival work.

Why La Trobe?

  • Be among the best: La Trobe is ranked in the top 100 in the world for History subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2016).
  • La Trobe is home to the A.D Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies, attracting leaders in the field and offering with conferences, lectures and seminars.
  • Utilise the La Trobe University Museum of Art (LUMA) which is home to the Trendall archives, where you'll find tangible pieces of Mediterranean history.
  • Study abroad by participating in international project work and study tours through our international partnerships.
  • Apply for a scholarship to travel to Greece to undertake academic research, in association with the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA).

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record and an appropriate major, Honours in Classics and Ancient History awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or by direct entry into the PhD program.

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course  or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at  another institution, you can apply  direct until applications close in December.


Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

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