Often people think about a University education as preparation for a specific career. You get a degree in Accounting, and then you become an accountant. While there are majors and careers for which that is true, the vast majority of careers do not line up perfectly with any single major. So what is the relationship between majors and careers?
The jobs that are right for you will probably be ones that you have 1.) A passion for, so that you enjoy what you do, 2.) Some experience with, so you stand apart from entry-level candidates, and 3.) The skills to do well, so you can be successful. The passion comes from you and your interests—how do you want to change the world? The experience comes from opportunities like internships and work experiences. Your major will help you develop the skills to do that job well. Classics Majors build up great skill sets that are useful for almost any job. The key is to be sure employers understand what skills you bring to the table!
Classics Majors are required to develop a remarkably versatile set of skills. Careful study of archaeology and history hones critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills and the ability to balance detailed analysis with big-picture thinking. Experience reading and discussing Classical literature develops skills in effective communication about complicated subjects and analyzing even difficult writing. Time spent studying Greek and Latin helps make students great writers. Over and over, employers list critical thinking, problem solving, and communication as their top hiring priorities. Classics is not the only place you can build those skills, but we know it is a great place to do so!
Moreover, remember that most people have multiple careers in their lifetime. The skills you develop as part of your Classics major or minor will always be useful to you, no matter where your career takes you, from marketing to management to medicine, and from education to politics.
The most successful graduates from programs like Classics pair the quality education and skill set they take from their major with their internship and/or work experience in a field determined by their passion. Every year, Classics majors go on to become doctors, lawyers, managers, business owners, museum curators, artists, and teachers. Where will your Classics major take you?