Why take Classical Studies? 

Classical Studies is the study of the civilisations of classical Greece and Rome without the study of the classical languages, Greek and Latin. While the study of any civilisation is recognised to be educationally beneficial, the particular case for including Classical Studies in the curriculum of New Zealand secondary schools rests on two main grounds:
 
  • The historical importance of classical civilisation in the cultural tradition of Western Europe which is an important part of contemporary New Zealand culture. In classical Greece and Rome are to be found the origins of much of our art, science, literature, law, philosophy, politics and religion. Knowledge of the sources and development of a cultural tradition is essential to its continuing vitality;
  • The intrinsic quality and interest of the products of classical civilisation. The Greeks and Romans produced works of the intellectual and creative imagination which are recognised to be of the very highest quality and which can still evoke a strong and enriching response in New Zealand school students.
 
Classical Studies is a self-contained interdisciplinary study. Whether your interests are in myth, history, literature, drama, or art and architecture, you will find something to interest and challenge you.
 
Where does Classical Studies lead? 
Classics students learn how to think in abstract terms. This ability is an under-rated but highly desirable and transferable skill in the employment market.
  
Classics students are able to:
  • question cultural assumptions;
  • think creatively;
  • appreciate different cultures and value systems;
  • develop excellent writing and research skills;
  • understand the classical heritage of art, literature, theatre …
 
According to recent New Zealand university graduate destination surveys Classics students work in a variety of jobs, including events management, conference organising, banking, research, records management, librarianship, radio, marketing, travel, museums, architecture, and a range of Government Ministries.
 
 
Carpe diem - Seize the day (opportunity) - Horace (65-8 BC) Roman lyric poet
 
 
 

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