Why Study Classics?

How can the study of the past help you obtain a job in the future? Unlike many other degrees offered at most colleges and universities, Classics is the ideal model of an interdisciplinary degree. Since Classicists approach the study of the past from a vast array of perspectives, our intellectual toolkit must be large. The image of a dusty old professor reading and reciting Homer and Vergil is, well, old.

Today, students of Classics utilize the latest in digital technologies. The internet and social media have changed the way we teach, the way we learn, and the way we present what we learn. Typical Classics majors can be just as skilled at reading Homer and Cicero or interpreting the archaeological ruins of Pompeii as they are at writing computer code and managing a geographic information system. Indeed, in the field, today’s classical archaeologists wield iPads as much as they move the spade.

If you have an insatiable curiosity of the past, if you’re looking for a major that deals with a sizable sweep of human history and yet delights in the details, if you are looking for an intellectual challenge, if you enjoy learning and applying new technologies, if you’re looking for a major to prepare you for law or medical school, seminary, the public or private sector, or to train you to become a teacher or professor, then Classics will provide you with a strong foundation. We encourage you to look at our Careers page to see what students are doing with their Classics degree.

If you are interested in the major or have questions, please contact Philip Freeman, head of the department, or Dan Davis. We would be happy to spend time answering your questions.