Classics : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

The scope of study that classics provides includes historical, political, sociological, literary, philosophical, archaeological, and artistic dimensions. Classics provides a broad foundation for future study and professional experience, and its graduates have learned to appreciate the past and its relationship to the present. This undergraduate degree area is an excellent basis for graduate work and careers in law, medicine, business, public relations/advertising, publishing, social work, communications, and the arts.

Skills gained in this program include:
  • Communication: The classical languages reinforce precision in expression, enlarge the vocabulary, and sensitize students to the rhetorical and persuasive powers of language.
  • Comprehension: Languages such as Latin and Greek foster especially close textual reading through linguistic analysis and formal translation, and provide a broad frame of reference that improves general comprehension skills.
  • Critical Thinking: The ability to read critically, to analyze, to synthesize, to evaluate, to interpret, and to speculate are the mental habits that humanities most seek to foster. The relationship of these skills to reading in the classical authors is clear, because Western logic and critical thinking comes to us from the classical world.

Students also gain skills in evaluating, speculating, creativity, interpreting/translating, critical/original thinking, teaching, analyzing/synthesizing, testing, editing, promoting, selling, the ability to use computers as a research tool, comprehension skills, and historical perspectives on modern problems.

Career Choices

Graduates of the Department of Classics can pursue many career options in many different work settings. Listed below are just a few of the many careers classics majors have pursued:
  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Archivist
  • Author
  • Consultant
  • Curator (museum or art gallery)
  • Curriculum developer
  • Editor or editorial assistant
  • Educator
  • Foreign service officer
  • Historical archaeologist
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Latin teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Manuscript reader
  • Museum technician
  • Production manager
  • Professor (of classics, history, archaeology)
  • Publisher/indexer
  • Reporter
  • Research associate
  • Social worker
  • Title examiner
  • Translator

Work settings include:
  • Advertising/public relations firms
  • Colleges/universities
  • Film companies
  • Foreign service
  • Government
  • Health facilities
  • Law firms
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • National security agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Publishing companies
  • Radio/TV stations
  • Real estate companies
  • Schools

Career Hints

Employers are seeking candidates with experience and those who have developed their skills from that experience. Internships, part-time, summer employment, and/or further education can enhance a graduate's employability in their chosen career area.

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school?

50%

Additional Resources

Classical Search Engines

Electronic Resources for Classical Studies

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:43 EST