Careers in Classics
"Most classics majors have no desire to become a "professional classicist" and wish to enter the work force or to enter a professional school immediately upon graduation. If this is your choice, you should know that the classics has been seen, and continues to be seen, as one of the strongest liberal arts degrees a student can earn. Future employers view classics majors as students who have been trained to read original and difficult texts as well as to think about them critically, and who are able to communicate these thoughts persuasively in speech and on paper .... Remember that your B.A. in the classics can lead you to a wide variety of final destinations." (from Careers for Classicists in Today's World).
After graduation, some of our students have earned graduate degrees and teach in high schools, colleges, and universities. Others have pursued careers as writers, journalists, financial analysts, screenwriters, entrepreneurs, librarians, programmers, researchers, scientists, and corporate vice-presidents, just to name a few fields. If you can use language deftly, evaluate evidence that is inadequate and overwhelming, conquer formidable intellectual hurdles, see things in new ways, and communicate your fresh ideas cogently, you are superbly prepared to face the challenging job market that awaits. Classics is one of the best ways for you to develop those skills.
Our alumni work in a variety of fields and professions. Examples include:
- Urban planner, Brooklyn Planning Unit, NYC Office of Housing Preservation and Development
- Latin teacher, Amity Regional District #5, Woodbridge, Conn.
- Latin teacher, Derryfield School, Manchester, N.H.
- Grants officer, Blue Moon Fund Inc., Charlottesville, Va.
- Actress, Carson-Kolker Org, Acme Talent, CBU Management, NYC
- Harvard junior fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C.
- VP, CSG Communications, Citizens Bank, Boston, Mass.
- Accounting, Coopers & Lybrand, Boston, Mass.
- Principal, Cyrus Strategies, LLC, Bethesda, Md.
- Scientist, Danone Research, Netherlands
- Academic dean/head of classics, Dexter/Southfield School, Brookline, Mass.
- Professor of classics, Elon University, Elon, N.C.
- Director of marketing, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
- Social studies teacher and admissions officer, Gilman School, Baltimore, Md.
- Brand manager, LF USA, NYC
- Associate director of gift planning, Nature Conservancy, Binghamton, N.Y.
- Co-owner, Porter Ridge Farm, LLC, Hebron, N.Y.
- Senior account executive, Saxton Group Limited, NYC
- Audio designer, composer (self employed), NYC
- Assistant registrar for collections, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- Controller/chief accounting officer, Spok Holdings, Inc., Springfield, Va.
- Myanmar analyst, Indo-Pacific Review, Washington, D.C.
- Principal technical writer, Unica Corp., Waltham, Mass.
- Intelligence officer, United States Navy, Washington, D.C.
- Fellow physician, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa