According to the amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions, which came into force on 01.01.2019, the period of accreditation of study programs has been extended. The new accreditation terms can be seen here.
|Field of study||Language and Culture Studies, Native Language Studies and Language Programmes|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Obtainable degree||Bachelor of Humanities in Philology|
|Access to further studies||Access to Master Study Programmes or Second-level Professional Higher Education Study Programmes designed for studies after the awarding of Bakalaura grāds (Bachelor`s degree)|
|Programme director||Gita Bērziņa|
|Credits||120 KP or 180 ECTS|
|Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019||Tuition fee per year - 2000 EUR|
|Number of students accepted each year||
Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 15
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 10
Minimum number of students - 25
|Start of studies||Autumn 2019|
|Language of instruction||Latvian|
The Bachelor Programme in Classical Philology provides students with an opportunity to study the origins and basis of the cultural space of the contemporary Europe – ancient Greek and Roman cultural environment – to appreciate its cultural heritage and continuity in the contemporary world, as well as to use their knowledge for the interpretation of contemporary cultural processes. The programme is based on the study of the classical languages – Ancient Greek and Latin. Students learn the basics of these languages during the first study year. This is followed by the most fascinating part of the programme – readings in the original of the immortal texts that were created by the great authors of the antiquity more than two thousand years ago. In the classroom, the personality of each author is considered within the framework of his age and is discussed from a wider perspective, focusing on the role of the author and his works in the development of the literary process. The courses of ancient mythology and ancient philosophy provide the wider knowledge necessary for comprehensive understanding of the literature of antiquity. The historical background of the ancient world is studied in the course of History of Ancient Greece and Rome. Bachelor Programme in Classical Philology provides the opportunity to study English at an advanced level. The students are also offered a unique possibility, available only for the students of Classical Philology at the University of Latvia – studies of the Modern Greek language.
The Bachelor Programme in Classical Philology closely cooperates with Greece. Every year with the support of the Greek government students improve their knowledge of Modern Greek and ancient cultural heritage at summer schools in Athens and Thessaloniki. For studies abroad, students can avail themselves of the possibilities offered by the ERASMUS programme.
|Aim and tasks of the study programme||
Classical Philology bachelor programme goals:
Classical Philology bachelor programme objectives:
|Learning outcomes of the study programme||
Professional and academic competences:
Embassies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, the National Library, the Library of the University of Latvia, archive, publishers, academic employment at educational institutions and schools.
General rules (here)
Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards:
CE in Latvian
CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German
Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs:
final average grade in Latvian and Literature
final grade in English or in French, or in German
final average grade in certain subjects
Preferential claims: Latvian state Latvian and Literature or French, or German Olympiad degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2018 and 2019; Latvian state student scientific conference Foreign Linguistics and Foreign Literature Science and History section or Latvian Literature Science and History section, or Latvian Linguistics section degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2018 and 2019
For persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards: CE in Latvian and Literature in Latvian tuition language education programmes up to year 2011 (writing (1,25 x 100 = 125) + knowledge and basic skills (1,25 x 100 = 125) + text analysis (1,25 x 100 = 125)) or CE in Latvian and Literature in minority education programmes up to year 2011 (writing (0,94 x 100 = 94) + Literature (0,93 x 100 = 93) + speaking (0,94 x 100 = 94) + reading/knowledge and basic skills (0,94 x 100 = 94)) or CE in Latvian from year 2012 (knowledge and basic skills (1,25 x 100 = 125) + text understanding (1,25 x 100 = 125) + text creation (1,25 x 100 = 125)) + CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German (listening (1,25 x 100 = 125) + reading (1,25 x 100 = 125) + speaking (1,25 x 100 = 125) + language usage (1,25 x 100 = 125) + writing (1,25 x 100 = 125))
For persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs: secondary education document final average grade in Latvian and Literature (30 x 10 = 300) + secondary education document final grade in English or in French, or in German (50 x 10 = 500) + secondary education document final average grade in certain subjects (20 x 10 = 200)
|Programme practical realization||
The Classical Philology bachelor programme is based on the studies of two classical languages – Greek and Latin. Students learn both these language from the zero level in the first study year under intensive training regime, in subsequent years through the studies of Greek and Latin texts in the original.
Efficient acquisition of two new foreign languages is based on the specific implementation model of the Classical Philology bachelor programme – language training for students in small groups. A small number of students in the group is a prerequisite for successful learning of classical languages. Teachers can have an individual approach to each student, learning and consolidation control at an individual level, as well as feedback, which allows to change the teaching methods if necessary. For the students language learning in small groups guarantees a continuous teacher’s guidance and marked individual homework and seminar participation.
To build and strengthen a wider and more diverse outlook of the students, as well as to efficiently use the necessary human and financial resources, on the programme evaluation expert advice certain typical implementation features of the Classical Philology bachelor's programme have been introduced / reinforced in the practical realization of the programme:
Any course of reading and interpretation of an ancient source provides elements of analysis and comparison at the level of the text language and content, as well as the fact identification, selection and systematization. The result of the course acquisition is a synthesis of the acquired language and content facts at the level of generalization. During the teacher-guided discussions among the students, as well as during the regularly practised students’ and student group presentations problem solving skills are created and developed.
E-courses in the Classical Philology programme are not used. The reason – the specific areas in Classical Philology necessitate interactive theoretical/practical sessions, where every student’s homework is equally important and its group discussion, listening to the different interpretation and understanding by other students which, as a result of the analytical discussion and listening to the teacher’s comments concerning the content and form, makes it possible to reach the common denominator.
Results of studies are evaluated according to a ten– point scale. Requirements for awarding credit points, also the number and content of interim tests as well as the requirements at the course-end examination are specified in course descriptions, which are published in the LUIS. Teachers inform students about the requirements for awarding credit points and evaluation criteria during the first class of the course.
To evaluate the level of the acquired knowledge of the course, tests are being organized: interim tests during the term and course-end exams. The most frequently practised forms of interim testing are the following: evaluation of the independent work in seminars (40%–50% of the total evaluation), tests (2–3 tests during the course; the evaluation of the test results constitute 10%–20% of the total evaluation), course report / essay (on average 20% of the total evaluation). The percentage of the interim tests constitutes 70%–80% of the total course evaluation. The concluding test in the course is an examination, a compulsory part of the evaluation for the course. To be allowed to take an exam the student must have fulfilled the requirements of the course with a positive evaluation for each assignment. An average proportion of the exam evaluation constitutes 20%–30% of the total course evaluation.
The concluding test in the development of a term paper and the bachelor thesis is the defence procedure. The criteria for these study courses have been specified in the methodical guidelines for the development of term papers and bachelor theses.
The requirements and evaluation criteria of the concluding bachelor examinations –bachelor exam in Latin / Ancient Greek and an analytical essay on an issue of ancient literature – are confirmed by the Faculty Council.
Yearly programme costs per student correspond to the tuition fee given above.