Careers for Classical Studies Majors
What can I do with a major in classical studies?
Planning a career in law? You’ll have a head start if you know the language, since much of our legal vocabulary—from modus operandi to subpoena—comes directly from Latin. Likewise medicine—for example, femur (thigh) or oculus (eye). And, no, you don’t have to major in science to get into medical school.
Even if you simply want to improve your general vocabulary, a knowledge of Greek or Latin will help. “Synergy” comes from Greek. So do “draconian” (harsh) and “laconic” (concise). And why do you think fraternities and sorority members are called Greeks?
Classical studies also provides a solid background for graduate work in art history, computer language, English, government, political science, religion, history, and philosophy, to name just a few areas. Some students go on to teach classics.
At work, classical studies majors excel in fields that require clear writing and analysis.
WHERE THE JOBS ARE
- Archival Work
Employers: Archives, Art Councils, Art Galleries, Historical Societies and Sites, Libraries, Museums, Private Foundations, Public Research Agencies
BUSINESS and INDUSTRY
- Customer Service
- Human Resources
- Market Research
Employers: Banks, Financial Services, Insurance Companies, Retailers
- Technical Writing
Employers: Film Companies, Magazines, Newspapers, Publishers, Television Stations
Employers: Colleges, Elementary and Secondary Schools
- Foreign Language Teaching
- Library/Information Specialist
- Policy Analysis
- Program Management
Employers: Civil Rights Commission, Education Department, EPA, Federal Government including State Department, Federal Trade Commission, Government Printing Office, Health & Human Services, Labor Department, Library of Congress, National Labor Relations Board, State & Local Government
Employers: Corporate Law Departments, Law Firms
Employers: Hospitals, Private Practice, Various Government and Private Agencies
Employers: Federal, State, and Local Government, Nonprofit Organizations
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- Major and Minor
- Study Abroad/Internships
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