The Archeology and Classics program offers the student the opportunity of combining the study of archeology with classics in the unique context of the city of Rome. Drawing upon a wide range of high-level academic and practical skills the student will receive a thorough liberal arts education which also focuses upon preparation for the workplace. In addition to traditional courses in Ancient History and Classics students have the possibility to excavate archeological sites, explore the ethical concerns of preservation and restoration as well as the management and marketing of the heritage recovered.

Students are encouraged to participate in archeological field work opportunities arranged through the department which provide a good foundation in archeological techniques and the opportunity to develop teamwork skills in a multicultural environment with international collaborators. Students can choose to follow a traditional Liberal Arts program in Archeology and Classics or to combine this with either a focus on Cultural Heritage or Screen Media. The focus on Cultural Heritage will help prepare students for a career in arts or heritage management. The focus on Screen Media combines the critical thinking skills of a Liberal Arts degree with a preparation in the media skills required for journalistic, television or documentary work.

Program Objectives

  • To provide a high quality education that will give students the necessary skills for a highly evolving field of employment.
  • To develop cross cultural sensitivity with particular regard to the management of, and research into, the archeology and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean world.
  • To provide students with the educational background to find employment in the field of archeology or cultural heritage or the presentation of the past to the public through themedia, or to prepare them for graduate studies in these areas.

Students graduating from this program will have the following core competencies:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to conduct research using appropriate information literacy and linguistic skills.
  • The historical background to the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and its impact upon contemporary social and political issues.
  • Ethical competency regarding the concerns of heritage restoration and preservation within a multi-cultural society.
  • Good practice and ethical management and marketing skills for not-for-profit organizations.
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Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling Admission, February 15, October 1, March 30
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13940 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 13940 Year (Non-EEA)

Additional fees and expenses include optional housing, optional meal plan, local transportation, books and supplies, health insurance (for non-EU students), and other miscellaneous fees.

Start date Any time  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 48  months
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  • English
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Bachelor of Arts in Archeology and Classics requires successful completion of 120 credits made up of a 40-credit general education requirement, a 36 to 42 credit major and 38 to 44 credits of free electives. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, and earn at least a C grade (2.00) in all core courses (18 credits). The major comprises core courses covering Archeology, Ancient History, and Ancient Art and electives which may focus on Cultural Heritage or Screen Media.

The General Education Requirements

  1. Foundational Skills: First Year Seminar; Writing Skills; Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning; Italian language; IT skills; Information Literacy; Oral Presentation Skills
  2. The Individual in a Multicultural Society; Three courses from a list in the Catalog
  3. United States Government and Society; One course from a list in the Catalog
  4. Roma Caput Mundi; One course from a list in the Catalog

Core Courses

  • ARC 100 Archeology of Rome
  • AH 101 Arts of Antiquity OR ARC 101 Roman Archeology On-site
  • CLHS 205 Rome: Republic and Empire
  • ARC 300 Archeology of Roman Identity
  • One upper-level Classical Heritage course
  • ARC 498 Capstone Experience (Seminar)
  • ARC 499 Capstone Experience (Thesis)

Archeology and Classics Electives

Students majoring in Archeology and Classics may choose their major electives in one of the following three ways:

  • By choosing 18 credits of Archeology and Classics electives; or
  • By choosing 24 credits of Archeology and Classics electives of which 12 credits focus on Cultural Heritage students can major in Archeology and Classics with Cultural Heritage; or
  • By choosing 24 credits of Archeology and Classics of which 12 credits focus on Screen Media, students can major in Archeology and Classics with Screen Media

Free Electives

Free electives can be used towards satisfying a minor, to supplement a major or to explore other academic areas. The number of free electives can vary according to the choices made but they should be sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.

English Language Requirements

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Admission to The American University of Rome is selective. Candidates for admission to the University are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Students are selected without regard to age, race, sex, creed, national or ethnic origin or handicap. Requests for financial aid do not affect decisions on admission.

Candidates for admission must show evidence they have completed or anticipate completing a level of education equivalent to four years of high school.

Required Documents

Applicants from high school or a secondary school are required to submit:

  • A completed application form accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of 50
  • An official transcript of high school work
  • One academic recommendation from the principal, a guidance counselor, teacher or professor
  • Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). Results of the SAT or the ACT examinations are only required for high school students graduating from a U.S. high school system, whether in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Official TOEFL score or another English language proficiency exam for applicants whose native language is not English
  • 500-word statement
  • 250-word essay on one of three topics
  • Interview

AUR requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 and a combined SAT total score of 1500 or 21 on the ACT. However each applicant is reviewed individually. Leadership, motivation, academic improvement, the level of the high school programs difficulty, involvement in activities and potential for growth are important considerations in the application review process.

All documents must be original and sent from their original source (i.e. ETS Center, College Board, the high school/university and teacher/professor/counselor).

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from TOEFL or another English language proficiency examination. The proficiency examination requirement may be waived for applicants who complete their secondary education at English-speaking institutions. The American University of Rome TOEFL institutional code for reporting purposes is 0579. AUR accepts a score of 557 on the written exam, 233 on the computer based exam and 90 on the internet based exam. Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained at

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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