Why Study Classics?

The Ideal Interdisciplinary Degree

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.

Studying the Ancient Past with Modern Technologies

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.

For the Intellectually Curious

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.

Jobs: Teaching Classics (Secondary and Post-Secondary)

Some of those who graduate with a B.A. in Classics go on to find work teaching Greek and Latin and Classical Civilization at secondary and post-secondary levels around the country. The website of the American Classical League includes a page devoted to job advertisements in this field.

Jobs: Becoming a Professor of Classics

How does one become a professional researcher and professor of Classics? Some of those who graduate with a B.A. in Classics choose to pursue graduate study elsewhere, typically in U.S. programs, but occasionally abroad. The M.A. in Classics will provide further training for secondary and post-secondary teaching, and even as language instructors in colleges/universities. To become a college or university professor of Classics or Classical Archaeology, however, requires a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Classics. Those who earn their Ph.D. in Classics go on to become professors at colleges/universities in the U.S. and around the world. For more information on this career path, contact any of our faculty members.