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Careers for Classics Majors

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Careers for Classics Majors

The study of classics is widely regarded as excellent preparation for a variety of fields. One may think first of law and government, but in fact the study of the ancient world lays important groundwork for other professions as well, whether academic research in literature, philosophy or religious studies, or museum work, library science, secondary education and publishing. The discipline and skills in critical thinking and writing you gain from course work in Classical Studies will provide a solid foundation for future success, no matter what field you pursue after graduation.


Careers within Classics

An undergraduate degree from the Department of Classical Studies may lead to a life of teaching and/or research at either the secondary or university level. Both paths require further training.

Note that there is currently a high demand for Latin teachers at the secondary level. Our department has a long tradition as a major Latin teaching/training institution and we continue to see this as one of our major responsibilities.

If you are interested in applying to graduate school in Classics or Archaeology, please visit the Rackham Graduate School's Classical Studies page for information. For programs outside the University of Michigan, but within North America, please refer to the Society for Classical Studies' list of programs.

If you are interested in becoming a high school Latin teacher, please visit our Teaching Certificate in Latin page or the Latin MAT page.


Careers outside of Classics

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to medical school, law school, dental school, and graduate school in fields other than Classics including English, Political Science, Library Science, and Earth Science.  Others have headed off to careers in finance, journalism, business, software development, music recording, and academic administration.


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