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Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student Affairs Including:
    • International Education/Study Abroad
    • Academic Advising
    • Admissions
    • Student Support Services
  • Library and Information Services
  • English as a Second Language Instruction
  • Universities and colleges
  • Elementary and secondary schools, public and private
  • Professional language schools
  • Earn a Ph.D. for college/university teaching or a graduate degree in college student affairs or library/information science for other university positions.
  • Learn the certification process for teaching K-12. Acquire certification in additional subject areas for increased job possibilities.
  • Maintain a high grade point average and develop strong recommendations from faculty.
  • Seek research opportunities.
  • Take as many classes in the original languages as possible.  Study abroad or travel internationally.
  • Get involved on campus as a resident assistant, orientation leader, admissions guide, etc.


The Arts

  • Administration/Management
  • Archival Work
  • Education
  • Research
  • Translation
  • Museum Work: Curatorship, Conservation, Restoration
  • Design: Period, Exhibit, Costume, Set
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Appraisal
  • Museums including:
    • Public, private, university
  • Art galleries
  • Antique dealerships
  • Art councils
  • Historical societies and sites
  • Archives
  • Libraries
  • Public research agencies
  • Private foundations
  • Theatrical companies
  • Minor in art history or take other relevant courses.
  • Develop excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Volunteer or intern in an art or historical museum.
  • Earn a graduate degree in museum studies, art history, library/information science, or other related field.
  • Maintain a high grade point average and develop strong recommendations from faculty.
  • Be prepared to relocate to areas with higher concentrations of art-related employers.


Government

  • Administration
  • Research
  • Policy Analysis
  • Lobbying
  • Legislative Services
  • Program Management
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Translation/Interpreting
  • Foreign Service
  • Library and Information Services
  • State and local government
  • Federal government including:
    • Department of State
    • Civil Rights Commission
    • Department of Education
    • Federal Trade Commission
    • Government Printing Office
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Department of Labor
    • Library of Congress
    • National Labor Relations Board
    • National Park Service
    • Department of Transportation
  • Public Archives
  • Libraries
  • Learn federal, state, and local job application process.  Seek assistance from the campus career center.
  • Take additional courses or earn a minor in area of interest.
  • Gain relevant work experience through government internship programs.
  • Earn a master’s or professional degree in a related field to qualify for the most job opportunities.
  • Get involved in campus leadership roles.
  • Develop excellent written and oral communication skills.


Non-Profit

  • Administration
  • Research
  • Grant Writing
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Programming
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social service organizations
  • Churches and religiously affiliated groups
  • Volunteer or intern with social service organizations.
  • Learn to work well with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop excellent communication skills.
  • Take a course in grant writing.
  • Join a service organization or get involved in community service projects.


Communications

  • Technical Writing
  • Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Research
  • Translation
  • Publishers
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • TV stations
  • Film companies
  • Internet sites
  • Advertising agencies
  • Develop excellent writing and research skills.
  • Take courses in applicable areas such as English, technical writing, or journalism.
  • Gain related work experience by completing an internship.
  • Develop a portfolio of writing samples.
  • Write for campus or community newspapers or websites.
  • Learn appropriate computer software packages or programming languages.


Business / Industry

  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Importing and Exporting
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Technical Writing
  • Insurance Underwriting and Claims Management
  • Business corporations in various industries including:
  • Retailers
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Insurance firms
  • Hospitality and tourism related organizations
  • Consulting firms

 

  • Many businesses hire students of “any major” if they have relevant experience and have developed the skills employers seek.
  • Minor in business or another relevant field.
  • Obtain related experience through internships, summer, and part-time jobs.
  • Develop strong technical and analytical skills.
  • Learn to work well on a team.
  • Get involved in campus organizations and seek leadership roles.
  • Learn how to sell the skills associated with a classics  major, such as analytical and communication skills and critical thinking, to employers.


Law

See also What Can I Do With This Major in Law?

  • Law Assistance
  • Prosecution
  • Defense
  • Contractual
  • Corporate
  • Nonprofit or Public Interest
  • Government
  • Mediation
  • Lobbying
  • Law firms
  • Government agencies
  • State and local government
  • Corporations
  • Public interest organizations
  • Private practice
  • Colleges and universities
  • Develop strong research skills and attention to detail.
  • Participate in a debate or forensic team to hone communication skills.
  • Take courses in and gain experience with mediation and conflict resolution.
  • Get involved with pre-law organizations.
  • Obtain a summer or part-time job in a law firm.
  • Shadow an attorney to learn more about the field and various specialties.
  • Complete special training requirements for paralegal positions.
  • Attend law school and earn a J.D. to become an attorney. Maintain an excellent grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations to gain law school admittance. Prepare to take the LSAT.


Medicine

See also What Can I Do With This Major in Medical Fields?

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Pharmacy
  • Allied Health Including:
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
  • Hospitals
  • Medical centers and clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Private practice
  • Armed services
  • Government agencies
  • Plan on attending medical school or other related graduate program. Alternative undergraduate degrees may be preferred by some medical schools.
  • Take applicable prerequisites for medical/professional school and maintain an excellent grade point average, particularly in the sciences.
  • Meet with a pre-health advisor periodically.
  • Seek experiences in hospital or healthcare settings through volunteering, shadowing, part-time positions, or internships.
  • Get involved in campus organizations and take leadership roles.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations.
  • Join related student organizations, and demonstrate leadership abilities.
  • Prepare for applicable graduate admission exams, e.g. the MCAT or GRE.


General Information and Strategies

  • Classics is an interdisciplinary major useful for cultivating verbal, written, and logical reasoning skills and for broadening one’s world view.  Classics majors  often develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills valued by many types of employers and graduate programs.  Latin and Greek language training is particularly helpful for learning legal and medical terminology.
  • An undergraduate major is adequate for entry-level positions in communications, business, government, or nonprofit.  Develop a career goal, and gain the appropriate experiences, skills, and credentials to qualify for those types of positions.
  • Seek experience in your interest area through internships, summer or part-time work, or volunteer positions.
  • Develop excellent writing and research skills.
  • Join organizations such as The American Classical League or The American Philological Association to establish a professional network.
  • Study and/or travel abroad to contribute to your understanding of the field.
  • Pursue graduate education in classics for increased opportunities. Plan to specialize in one area such as Latin and Greek, classical literature, classical archaeology or classical civilization.
  • A classics major serves as good preparation for graduate study in other analytical subjects such as law, anthropology, medieval studies, philosophy, history, or English, and for research or practice in religion. Consider combining study in the classics with a major or minor in another discipline to maximize opportunities.
  • Secure strong relationships and personal recommendations from professors, and become familiar with the specific entrance exam for graduate or professional schools.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in jobs of interest to learn about their career fields and to build a network of contacts.