BA Archaeology and Languages with a Year Abroad (VR40)

Studying languages alongside archaeology gives you a greater insight into the historical and cultural development of other countries and societies. On this flexible dual programme you'll have the opportunity to study archaeology alongside a choice of French, German, Spanish and Russian as major languages or Dutch, Czech, Polish, Luxembourgish, Portuguese and Catalan as a minor.

You'll develop specific and highly valuable language skills as well as a deep understanding of how we understand the human past through archaeology. You can combine your two subjects by reading archaeological and historical literature, that may be unfamiliar in the English-speaking world, in your chosen language.

You'll spend your third year abroad, usually as a student at a university, as a language assistant in a school, or on an approved work placement. There may be places on summer language courses as well as opportunities to work on archaeological excavations abroad.

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Course structure: an overview

Information relates to 2017-18 academic year: The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.


Year 1

Year 1

Archaeology Languages

Core modules

Towards Modernity: anthropology, archaeology, and colonialism
Emerging Europe: from storage to Stonehenge, and states

One of the following from:
French German Russian Spanish

Catalan Czech Dutch
Luxembourgish Polish Portuguese

Optional modules

Revealing the Past (fieldwork)
Origins of Humanity
World Civilisations
Classical World and its Legacy

40 unrestricted credits

Year 2

Year 2

Archaeology Languages

Core modules

Thinking Through Archaeology

One of the following from:
French German Russian Spanish

Catalan Czech Dutch
Luxembourgish Polish Portuguese

Optional modules

The Age of the Vikings
The Later Medieval Church
The Minoans
Europe’s First Farmers
The Celtic West
The Ancient Greek Economy
Archaeology and Text
Science and Archaeology
Archaeology Matters (fieldwork)

Year 3

Year 3

You'll spend your third year abroad, usually as a student at a university, as a language assistant in a school, or on an approved work placement.

The Year Abroad is an important and exciting part of the course.

Information on the year abroad experience and partners

French German Russian Spanish Catalan Czech Dutch Luxembourgish Polish Portuguese

Year 4

Year 4

Archaeology Languages

Core modules

Dissertation in Archaeology*

One of the following from:
French German Russian Spanish

Catalan Czech Dutch
Luxembourgish Polish Portuguese

Optional modules

Decoding the Landscape
Catastrophes and Climate Change
The Archaeology of Death and Burial
Work Place Learning (placement module)
Human Evolution
Archaeozoology
Aegean in the Later Bronze Age
Rome: Capital, Hinterland and Periphery
Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain
Athens, Empire and the Classical Greek World
Primate Evolution
Experimental Archaeology

*While the majority of dissertation projects do not involve any additional cost to the student, you may incur some expenses if you choose a topic that is not resourced by the department.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork

Fieldwork and discovery are part of the are part of the attraction and thrill of archaeology – and can be part of your degree. On this programme, you'll have the opportunity to develop practical skills, conduct research and analyses, and make archaeological discoveries of your own.

You will have the option of taking part in a two-week archaeological field course (as part of Revealing the Past in your first year), and will be able to gain further field and community heritage experience in the second year module Archaeology Matters.

You can expand your experience from there through optional modules like Workplace Learning, and participation on departmental projects in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Our staff work on research in the field in the UK, Italy, Turkey, South Africa, Spain, Greece, Russia and elsewhere, and you could accompany them.

Find out about fieldwork opportunities

Teaching and assessment

The variety of our teaching and learning opportunities is designed to help you develop the strongest possible range of skills.

As well as lectures and seminars, we give one-to-one tuition and practical classes using purpose-built labs and other superb facilities for analysing the data you find. You can also take part in work placements, giving you a head start over other archaeologists when you look for a job after your degree.

As your course progresses, you'll take more responsibility for your own learning by giving presentations, leading seminars and debates and developing collaborative research projects. In your final dissertation project you'll design and carry out your own extensive programme of completely original archaeological research.

I liked the balance between historical and scientific concepts with the cultural and grammatical learning of a new language.

Cindy Ventura, BA Archaeology and Languages

Cindy Ventura

Careers

With a BA Archaeology and Languages from us your future could take you anywhere. The kind of analytical skills you develop studying here are a great starting point for a whole range of careers.

About 40% of our Archaeology graduates go on to work in archaeology or the heritage sector. You will find Sheffield graduates in all major commercial units, heritage providers and UK university departments.
Languages graduates find employment in a wide range of areas including communications/media, finance, teaching, or translation. The combination of subjects widens your skills and experience, giving you
an advantage when presenting your qualifications to employers.

For those students who choose to pursue a career beyond archaeology or languages, the clear transferable skills and practical experience that are a core part of our Archaeology degrees make our graduates successful in other areas such as Media, Accountancy, Advertising, Law, Insurance and Financial Services.

More about Careers

Personalise your degree

The flexible nature of the course allows you to take more of one subject than another. For example you can decide to keep your degree evenly split between the subjects, or you can take more of one subject than another in a major/minor. Please note that some languages are available only as a minor.

The year abroad can be undertaken in a university setting as a student, or as a work placement option, through an industrial work placement or as a language assistant at a school.