Classics with Oriental Studies at Magdalen

Classics with Oriental Studies is a fascinating degree, which allows you to study the languages, literatures and cultures of Greece and Rome together with those of one of a number of more or less closely related non-Western civilisations. Options include Sanskrit, Arabic and Egyptian; a full list is available here.

The degree takes four years. During the first two years you will follow the same course as those taking single-honours Classics. You will start work on your chosen non-Western language in your third year, and three of the eight options you study for you final exams will be concerned with that language and the literature in that language. The other five options are shared with single-honours Classics.

For further information on the Classics side of the degree see the Classics page. Tuition for the Oriental Studies side is organised centrally by the Oriental Institute, and is overseen by a Fellow of the College, currently Marilyn Booth, the Khalid bin ‘Abdullah Al-Sa’ud Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World.

Like straight Classics, Classics with Oriental Studies can be studied without prior knowledge of any of the languages involved. However, it is important to realise that this is a language-heavy degree.