Classics

What Is It?:

The study of the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome is valuable for those preparing for graduate study in one of the many fields of Classical, Medieval, or Renaissance scholarship. It is also excellent preparation for the advanced study of law and medicine. Classics offers individual programs designed to meet the needs and interests of each student. Close interaction between faculty and students, individual attention, tutorial instruction, opportunity for study abroad, and the unmatched resources of the Classics Library and the collections of ancient art and other objects from classical antiquity in the museums provide unique advantages for classical studies.

For more information, please visit the Department of Classics.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CLCV 114—Introduction to Greek Culture
  • CLCV 131—Classical Archaeology, Greece
  • CLCV 132—Class Archaeology, Rome–Italy

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Archivist/Historian
  • Computer Instructional Designer
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Educational Researcher
  • Film Researcher/Copywriter
  • Foreign Language Librarian
  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • Freelance Writer
  • Historical Museum Administrative Assistant
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Technical Editorial Assistant
  • Technical Writer
  • Translator
  • User Documentation Writer

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Archivist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Journalist
  • Museum Curator
  • Non-profit Administrator
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Professor/Educator
  • Translator
  • Travel Consultant
  • Writer/Author

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Ability to connect new ideas with archaic information
  • Ability to creatively teach concepts
  • Ability to quickly digest large amounts of information
  • Ability to think clearly and form arguments
  • Ability to think logically and critically and make analogies
  • Ability to understand ideas and values
  • Attention to detail
  • Aware of intercultural conflicts and perspectives
  • Careful record keeping
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Excellent proficiency in reading, speaking and writing
  • Excellent skills in oral and written expression
  • Possess a diversity of knowledge across many topics
  • Possess a wide range of knowledge on historical information
  • Proficiency in analytical reasoning
  • Proficiency in analytical reasoning
  • Strong research skills
  • Wide ranging curiosity

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Classics, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Classics.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Classics.  These organizations include American Classical League and National Committee for Latin and Greek.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Classics, visit Undergraduate Programs.