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Diploma in Arts (Classical Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available in any one year
  • Not available for international students

What is it like?

Knowledge of the Classical World of ancient Greece and Rome is essential if we are to appreciate our own culture and civilisation. The Greeks and Romans had a profound and lasting influence on language and thought, particularly in philosophy, law, politics, art, and architecture. They also created and developed nearly every genre of literature. We are, in the deepest sense, their descendants.

University study of the literature, history, art, and society of the ancient world involves the critical examination of important questions that arise from this heritage. We investigate the way the ancient world reacted to intellectual and physical challenges. Today, many issues first raised in the classical world remain unresolved.


The study of Classics fosters critical thinking, research skills, and organisational techniques, together with the broader understanding of our culture. These skills can lead to careers in any of the fields below.

  • Architecture
  • Drama
  • Foreign affairs
  • Journalism
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Trade and industry
  • University administration

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