Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS) in Humanities

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS)
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8850
Course class L-10 - Humanities
Years in which the programme is being held I, II, III
Mode of study Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Open access with assessment of basic knowledge
Curricula 1.Classico, 2.Moderno, 3.Culture letterarie europee
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type Only few courses provide joint degree
Inter-University programme UNIVERSITÉ DE HAUTE-ALSACE
Programme Director Nicola Grandi
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission to the 1st cycle degree programme in Humanities is subject to the possession of a five-year secondary school diploma or other suitable qualification obtained abroad.

Candidates must also possess appropriate general knowledge. Prior knowledge is assessed in terms of the following knowledge and competencies:

- Strong general knowledge;

- Logical and reasoning skills;

- ability to read, understand and interpret texts and documents in Italian;

- Strong expressive skills in Italian;

- Basic knowledge of Latin;

- Knowledge to level A2 of a European language (French, English, Spanish, German).

The methods for assessing the knowledge required for admission are laid down in the section “Admission Methods”.

Candidates not passing the assessment will be assigned additional learning requirements,

These additional learning requirements are subject to specific assessment.

The relative assessment methods are laid down in the section “Admission Methods”.

Students who do not complete the additional learning requirements by the date set by the competent bodies and in any case within the first year of the programme will be required to enrol as repeating students in the first year. More details can be found in the Degree Programme Regulations

Programme profile

The degree programme in Humanities aims to provide students with solid, multi-disciplinary grounding in literary, linguistic, historical, artistic and archaeological subjects. The programme offers several curricula, addressing students to more specific fields of study: Classic, Modern, European Literary Cultures.
While the Classic curriculum studies ancient literature, history and archaeology, the Modern curriculum privileges areas of study from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era, and the European Literary Cultures curriculum covers language and literature of the main European cultural areas, including a specific programme leading to an equivalent French qualification

In addition to the core course units in each of the above areas, students may choose from a range of elective subjects in the second and third years, to build more specific professional profiles, also with a view to 2nd cycle studies. The three year programme is designed to allow literature graduates to meet all the requirements of the most popular subsequent 2nd cycle degree programmes (as confirmed statistically), in more specific subject fields.

The theoretical and methodological competences acquired during the programme allow graduates to:

- Read and interpret various types of (written and visual) documents over broad chronological periods, from the ancient world to the contemporary era;

- Draft texts and documents for all branches of publishing;

- Design teaching programmes to teach Italian in migratory contexts;

- Translate texts from Latin and Greek;

- Interpret archaeological findings;

- Critically interpret a visual work, literary text (also in a foreign language), or historical source;

- Organise, catalogue and make selected information and cultural products available for use also with the support of modern technologies, which students will gain a command of during the programme.

Graduates are prepared and able to continue studies to 2nd cycle level. The practical knowledge and skills acquired are also useful for employment in professional sectors requiring a strong command of the syntax and grammar of the Italian language, using linguistic forms and styles for oral and written communication; solid basic humanistic foundations required to competently work with cultural products and services. In these professional fields, to perform some functions with greater levels of autonomy and responsibility, further technical and specialist skills may be required, which can be acquired through internships and/or post-graduate vocational courses. Graduates perform well on these courses thanks to their cultural knowledge, methodological and learning skills developed during this programme.


Students enrolled in the Third Year of either the Classical or Modern curricula can put an Internship in their study plan (6 ECTS) for 150 hours of work experience with an Organisation, Institution or Company that has an agreement with the University.

International mobility

The student mobility programmes promoted by the University of Bologna in collaboration with other Universities in the European Union, as well as a number of non-EU Universities, offer the opportunity to do a period of study or an internship abroad. Consult information on opportunities abroad

The University of Bologna provides students with scholarships either for a period of study abroad or to prepare their written paper for the final exam, or subsequently to develop work on the subject of their final paper with a view to publication.

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

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