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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
  • Universities and colleges
  • Elementary and secondary schools, public and private
  • Professional language schools

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

Government

 
  • Administration
  • Research
  • Policy Analysis
  • Lobbying
  • Program Management
  • Translation
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Library/Information Services
  • State and local government
  • Federal government including: State Department, Civil Rights Commission, Education Department, EPA, Federal Trade Commission, Government Printing Office, Health and Human Services, Labor Department, Library of Congress, National Labor Relations Board, National Park Service, Departments of Transportation

Non-Profit

 
  • Administration
  • Research
  • Grant Writing
  • Development
  • Programming
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social service organizations
  • Churches and religiously affiliated groups

Communications

 
  • Technical Writing
  • Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Research
  • Translation
  • Publishers
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • TV stations
  • Film companies
  • Internet sites
  • Advertising agencies

Business / Industry

 
  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Importing and Exporting
  • Business corporations in various industries such as: Banking, retailing, insurance, financial services, travel, and tourism

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

Medicine

 
  • 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

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.
  • An undergraduate major is adequate for entry-level positions in fields such as communications, business, and government or community organizations.
  • Develop a career goal and then 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, 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.
  • Latin and Greek language training is particularly helpful for learning legal and medical terminology.
  • Secure strong relationships and personal recommendations from professors, and become familiar with the specific entrance exam for graduate or professional schools.