What can I do with this degree? - CLASSICS
Student Affairs, such as Study Abroad/Exchange Programs
Library and Information Services
Universities and colleges
Elementary and secondary schools, public and private
Professional language schools
PhD required for college/university teaching. Earn graduate degree in college student
affairs or library/information science for other university positions. Learn certification
process for teaching K-12. Acquire certification in additional subject area(s) for
increased job possibilities. Maintain a high GPA and develop strong recommendations
from faculty. Get involved on campus as a resident assistant, orientation leader,
admissions guide, etc.
Museum Work: Curatorship, Conservation, Restoration
Design: Period, Exhibit, Costume, Set
Museums: public, private, university
Historical societies and sites
Public research agencies
Minor in art history or take other relevant courses. Develop excellent writing and
verbal skills. Acquire computer 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. Be prepared to relocate to areas with higher concentrations
of art-related employers.
Foreign Language Teaching
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
Learn federal, state and local job application process. Take additional courses in
area of interest. Gain relevant work experience through government internship programs. Earn
a master's or professional degree in a relevant field to qualify for the most job
opportunities. Get involved in campus organizations. Develop excellent written and
oral communication skills.
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 fraternity or get involved in community service projects.
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. Learn appropriate computer software packages.
Importing and Exporting
Business corporations in various industries such as: Banking, retailing, insurance,
financial services, travel and tourism
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
computer skills. Learn to work well on a team. Get involved in campus organizations
and seek leadership roles.
Corporate law departments
Plan to obtain Juris Doctor degree. Maintain a high GPA and prepare for the LSAT. Build
strong faculty recommendations. Participate in mock trial or debate teams. Find a
part-time job in a law firm or shadow an attorney.
Various government/private agencies
Sometimes alternative undergraduate degrees are looked upon favorably by medical schools. Take
applicable prerequisites for medical school and maintain an excellent GPA. Volunteer
or work in a hospital or medical facility. Shadow a physician to gain a solid understanding
of the medical field. Get involved in campus organizations and take leadership roles.
Study in the Classics develops verbal and analytical skills useful in managerial and
Classics serves as good preparation for graduate study in law and other highly analytical types of work such as anthropology, history, or English and can serve as preparation for research or practice in religion.
An undergraduate degree is sufficient for positions in secondary school teaching and entry-level positions in business and government. Additional training in a secondary field will expand job horizons.
Graduate level studies lead to positions as college teachers, lawyers, or medical doctors.
Develop a career goal and then seek the appropriate experiences and skills to qualify for those types of positions.
Concentration within the program can be: Latin and Greek, classical literature, classical archaeology, or classical civilization.
Develop excellent writing and research skills.
Obtain experience through internships, summer or part-time work, or volunteer positions.
Experiences such as traveling or studying abroad can contribute to your understanding of the field.
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (1996, Revised 2002, 2007) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer