School of Humanities

Transition to NC2012 for Classics & Ancient History students

 Welcome to the CLAN!

What changes are coming in 2012 to the current majors in Latin, Greek and Ancient History?
  • From next year, these will be combined into a new major called Classics and Ancient History.
  • Most students intending to complete any of our current majors will be strongly encouraged to move to our unified major.
  • Those who wish to complete their original major may do so.

Why are we doing this?
  • New Courses 2012 encourages broader-based and more streamlined degrees.
  • Latin, Greek and Ancient History (in all its forms) form a disciplinary unity under the internationally recognised banner of 'Classical Studies'.
  • Research at all levels shows interdependence of these areas: e.g. knowledge of Latin grammar is essential for the close reading of Roman historians.
  • Students completing our new major will have better comprehension of the ancient world and the tools we use to explore it.

How is the major changing?
  • All units will have a new distinctive code, beginning with CLAN (not LATN, GREE or CLAH).
  • New major will require completion of 8 units across three levels (2 + 2 + 4).
  • All students taking new major must do at least one unit of Latin or Greek and at least one unit of Ancient History.
  • This does not apply to non-majoring students taking only some of our units.
  • Students will still have the option of focusing more on the languages or on the Ancient History parts of the discipline.

How does the new BA differ from the current one?
  • New BA, like the current one, requires 144 pts including a major of 48 pts.
  • New BA allows up to 72 pts at level 1 and requires at least 24 pts at level 3; current BA allows 48 pts at level 1 and 96 pts at level 2 or 3.
  • New BA clearly distinguishes three different levels of units; in current BA, many majors have only two levels (including current Ancient History units).
  • New BA requires four 'broadening' (i.e. from outside the degree) units, including at least one 'Category A' (with a globalised and culturally diverse focus) broadening unit.
  • BUT all LOTEs (outside the student's major) count as 'Category A' broadening units.
  • Most majors in the new BA, including Classics and Ancient History, require students to take a complementary level one unit called 'Communication in Practice'.

What credit will we give for study under the current BA to students transitioning to the new BA?
  • All units completed can be counted towards the total of 144 pts required for the new degree.
  • Other requirements as outlined above must also be met.
  • Units completed will only count towards the eight units of the new major where the old units are incompatible with new units (i.e. contain largely the same content).
  • Where such a unit changes levels (e.g. level 1 'Julians & Julio-Claudians' will become level 2 'Foundations of the Roman Empire'), credit will be given for unit at its original level.
  • Broadening units will still be required, but on a sliding scale: (e.g. fewer than 42 pts completed = 4 broadening units required; 54 pts completed = 1 ('Category A') unit required).
  • All transitioning students will have to complete at least one 'Category A' broadening unit (or LOTE outside their major) and the 'Communication in Practice' level 1 unit.

How will we look after students staying in the current BA and completing one of three old majors?
  • Individual programs will be worked out for each student.
  • All undergraduate units taught in Classics and Ancient History from 2012 onwards will be the new units designed for NC2012.
  • These will be used in teaching out the old majors.
  • Some flexibility may be required e.g. substitution of units from other majors and/or units taken by correspondence from other institutions

What about prerequisites for the new units?
  • All students, whether continuing with their current degree, or transitioning to the new BA in 2012, will have to satisfy the prerequisites for the new units.
  • Prerequisites for all Classics and Ancient History units offered next year are now available.
  • Where prerequisites have not yet been taught, the Faculty Student Office in consultation with Classics and Ancient History will work out equivalent current units.

What should you do to prepare for these changes?
  • If you are planning to take any units in Classics and Ancient History from 2012 onwards, consider the prerequisites you will need and plan your enrolments accordingly.
  • Note the planned changes to the current degree to accommodate these changed prerequisites.
  • Work out a study plan for the units you will need to complete your major and your degree.
  • Attend one of the information sessions listed below.
  • Arrange an appointment with the Student Office or the Chair of Classics & Ancient History  to discuss your particular situation.