Classics is an inherently interdisciplinary field, embracing the study of languages, literature, history, and material culture (archaeology, architecture, and art).  Students who succeed in earning a classics degree, whether in languages or in civilization, have gained command of a broad and diverse body of knowledge, have been challenged to engage with great ideas, have read widely, and have honed their abilities in critical thinking, argumentation, research, and writing.  These skills are valued by a wide variety of professions.

Many students who graduate from our department stay in the field, but a significant number also choose careers outside of classics, successfully entering such areas as law, medicine, business, and government.  We enthusiastically support our students no matter where their goals may take them!

Looking Ahead

  • Careers in Academia

    Here, we provide an introduction to the academic employment process for new (and soon-to-be) Ph.D. graduates in classics and affiliated fields who will be seeking faculty positions at colleges and universities.

    Learn More
  • Careers in Classical Archaeology

    If you enjoy studying ancient objects, if you are interested in (or already know that you enjoy) excavation, or if ancient life and ancient history hold a special fascination for you, you may want to consider a career in classical archaeology.

    Learn More
  • Classics in the High Schools

    The study of the ancient world, and particularly of the Latin language, is enjoying a resurgence at the secondary-school level, and the employment outlook for future Latin teachers is good.

    Learn More
  • Museum Careers

    Curators serve in a variety of practical and intellectual capacities: their jobs call for them to function at once as preservationists, archivists, researchers, scholars, and teachers.

    Learn More
  • Careers in Library Science and in Academic Publishing

    This page highlights information about two very different career paths. The library and academic publishing professions require diverse and highly developed skills in research, scholarship, technology, and management.

    Learn More
  • Pursuing a Higher Education Degree

    In formation and advice for students preparing for advanced study in classics leading to a M.A. and Ph.D.

    Learn More
  • Careers Outside of Classics

    Learn about where a classics degree may take you. Career opportunities abound for graduates trained in classics.

    Learn More
  • Recommendations FAQs

    Letters of recommendation play a major role in applications for graduate school, scholarships and fellowships, internships, summer and study abroad experiences, and employment.

    Learn More
  • Student at NOAA internship

    Academic and Career Success

    Our trained advisors are ready to help you get on track toward your career goals from the first day you set foot on campus. 

    Learn More