What exactly do Classics majors study?
Classics as a discipline involve the study of the languages, history, literature, philosophy, art history and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Thus, while it is a historical discipline to a certain extent, it is truly an interdisciplinary field of study.
What jobs are possible with a Classics major?
Classics majors go on to many interesting careers. Since the study of Classics involves so many different aspects of academic study, Classics students receive training that prepares them for a wide variety of professions – including many that people wouldn’t normally associate with Classics. Did you know, for instance, that Ted Turner (the founder of CNN) was a Classics major in college?
Classics students continually report that they “learned how to learn” while studying Latin or Greek. They also become better writers since they learn how to analyze languages and many different genres of literature. The critical thinking skills they developed as Classics majors enable them to excel in a variety of professions ranging from medicine to journalism to teaching.
Prospective employers are often not as interested in WHAT your major is, but rather your passion, level of commitment, eagerness and ability to learn new things. In which other major can you tackle a language, history, philosophy, art history, mythology, architecture, literature and archaeology?
What are recent graduates doing now?
One recent graduate is working at a law firm but will soon leave to teach English abroad. She loves literature and hopes to become a writer when she returns. Another graduate was inspired by a research project he completed on farming in ancient Italy and is pursuing an advanced degree in economics toward study contemporary land use with an eye to helping developing countries.
Learning opportunties outside of the classroom:
Internships. The most directly applicable internships are tutoring (Latin or Greek) and, if the student is interested in teaching, conducting student teaching, which is set up through the education program at UST.
Study abroad. While we do not have an official study abroad program, there are many opportunities to study classical civilization abroad, particularly in Rome and Greece. Some former students have even studied Latin or Greek in Scotland and England.
Study abroad always enhances an individual’s life experience and learning. Contact with different cultures broadens perspectives and often leads to developing a greater ability to accept those who see things differently from yourself. Through a familiarity with a different culture, people are often able to develop new perspectives not only about others but also about themselves and their own culture.
Faculty at work
Our faculty members principally teach, but they also write. They have been involved with student-faculty research partnerships at other institutions before coming to UST, so such collaborations will most likely appear here soon.
What jobs are possible with a Classical Civilization major?
- Research and policy analyst
- Information specialist
- Business manager
- Production manager
- Public relations specialist
- Sales representative
- Conference relations specialist
- Data coordinator
- Communications media planner
- Public policy analyst
- Public interest lobbyist
- Foreign service agent
- Press secretary
- Legislative assistant
- Field representative
- Diplomatic staff member
- Public relations specialist
- Executive manager
- Public administrator
- Research and development specialist
- Community affairs specialist
- Higher education administrator
- Foreign service representative
- Museum worker
- Foundation worker
- Travel agent
- Teacher/college and high school