College of Arts & Science & University Studies
What Can I Do With a Major in Classics?
The study of classics embraces the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and includes the fields of literature, art and archaeology, philosophy, history, political theory, law, and religion. Classics is thus so broad as to be itself interdisciplinary. The achievements of Greco-Roman civilization are important to study both for their power and beauty and for the extraordinary influence they have had on the cultures that followed. Thus, study of the Greco-Roman world deepens a student's understanding of the origins of Western culture, and at the same time offers alternatives to the social, political, and cultural values of the modern world.
The Department of Classics offers majors in classical humanities, and classical languages, along with a minor in classical humanities for students who do not choose that as a major. A major in classics, or classical languages combines well with many minors. Some students elect to earn a double major, for example in classics and political science or history, or history of art and architecture. Others elect to earn certification to teach Latin at the secondary school level.
Dedication to understanding some of the greatest monuments of human thought, to sharpening prose style and analytical abilities, to developing careful arguments and critical capacities. Desire not merely to earn a good living but to live well, to be able to appreciate and analyze the productions of human culture — in the context of basic problems of social and political organization
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- Specific Areas
- Research and policy analyst
Public relations specialist
Conference relations specialist
Communications media planner
- General Areas
Public relations specialist
Research and development specialist
Community affairs specialist
Higher education administrator
Foreign service representative
Teacher/college and pre-college
- Public policy analyst
Public interest lobbyist
Foreign service agent
Diplomatic staff member
Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.
Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School
The study of classics is excellent preparation for graduate work in law, theology, medicine, business and other professional schools, in addition to continued work in classics. A classics major provides a foundation for advanced work in the ancient languages and literature and prepares students for graduate study in other fields such as English, philosophy, religion, archeology, comparative literature or other languages and literatures.
Opportunities - Experiential
Independent study with a faculty member in an area of special interest; tutoring of first or second year students (a paying job!); travel and/or study abroad; opportunities in archeological field work; participation in the Classics Club.
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