Ancient World Studies
Where will this take me?
Graduates of Ancient World Studies emerge qualified to become lawyers, judges, doctors, diplomats, business leaders, journalists, novelists, conservators and other science based professionals, computer game writers, art and event managers, heritage consultants, museum curators, school teachers and university professors.
You might choose to enter the hands-on field of archaeology where you’ll research the histories of ancient artefacts.
Archiving or academia
If you’re more interested in archiving or academia, you could use your major to land a career in curatorship, librarianship, government and administration or teaching.
Your degree could also make you an invaluable asset to the tourism industry, opening exciting opportunities of adventure and travel.
Ilaria Yakimov is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Ancient World Studies.
My decision to study Archaeology as part of the Ancient World Studies major stemmed from my personal interests in visual culture, art, history, political science, and religious theory. Archaeology helps us understand the present through the past. Being exposed to different historical paradigms and viewpoints of people from all over the world has challenged me to consider different perspectives and challenge my preconceived ideas. I also often find myself thinking, “Wow, there is just so much stuff in the ground”!
On beginning the degree, I had very little idea of just how varied this study area was in terms of specialisations and sub-disciplines and also how increasingly applicable archaeological practice is becoming. Archaeology holds great potential for public engagement, the utilisation of new technologies and helping us understand our past and ourselves in the process.
During my studies I have been fortunate enough to work for the Hellenic Museum as a front of house volunteer. I have also assisted in a similar role at the Geelong Art Gallery. These roles have given me insight into institutional workings while also providing me with networking opportunities and engagement with the public. They make a great accompaniment to the degree.
I decided to extend my BA with an Honours year. My thesis focuses on the application of 3D-printing to the replication of endangered or destroyed archaeological heritage from armed conflict. It adds to terrorism prevention as a new addition to the archaeological record.