Ancient Cultures

Monash integrates the areas of Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics to offer you a comprehensive approach to Ancient Cultures on a global scale. Our highly qualified staff members bring extensive experience in teaching and research, and actively participate in archaeological fieldwork.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

The Ancient Cultures program focuses on Australia, Greece and Rome. In addition, you get the exclusive opportunity to study ancient Egypt indepth with staff who conduct fieldwork in Egypt. (Monash is the only university in Victoria that offers this level of specialisation.)

Examine historical texts, literature and material records (such as ancient sites, monuments, art and objects) to understand how people lived, how their culture developed and what their beliefs were. Gain knowledge of the cultures of the first Australians, and how their past has been preserved, which is invaluable to our nation’s enduring heritage. Learn to appreciate how the Mediterranean served as the birthplace of many influential ancient cultures (Egypt, Iraq, Greece and Italy) that still fascinate the modern audience. Become familiar with how these cultures have contributed to the intellectual development of our Western world, and the results of their remarkable achievements.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

Explore Ancient Cultures

You can study ancient cultures as a major or minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts. As an Ancient Cultures student, you will cover units on human origins, colonisation and imperialism, as well as studies in ancient cultures, mythology, history and art.

Study Overseas

If you choose to pursue Ancient Cultures at Monash, you’ll get the exciting opportunity to study overseas at our Prato Centre in Italy. There you’ll benefit from being up close and personal with ancient Italy, examining Etruscan and Roman culture. You may also look into studying abroad with one of our international partner universities offering ancient culture programs.

Find out more about Ancient Cultures study abroad opportunities.

Career Prospects

As a graduate, you’ll benefit from ancient world knowledge in linguistics, history and archaeology. This opens doors to rewarding careers both in Australia and abroad in a range of areas including archaeology, museums and galleries, tourism and heritage management.