What Can I Do with My Classics Major?

Overview

Students who major in classics study the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome from a number of perspectives. Combining literature, history, art, archaeology, religion, and philosophy, the program offers courses in Latin and ancient Greek languages and literatures, ancient history, Classical and Near Eastern art and archaeology, and modern Greek language. Students may choose to major in either Classical Studies or in Classical Languages. The three majors under the heading of Classical Languages are: Latin, Greek, and Latin and Greek. It is also possible to minor in classics and in modern Greek.

Majors in the Department of Classics prepare students for a wide variety of graduate and professional programs, as well as a wide variety of careers. Graduates of Georgetown in classics have gone on to pursue graduate study in classics, ancient history, Classical archaeology, Comparative Literature, and Religion. Classics majors enjoy high rates of success in admission to programs in law and medicine, and are sought out as teachers of high school Latin.

Skills

The study of classics is a rigorous academic program that allows for the development of sharp analytical and critical thinking skills, along with a comprehensive understanding of language and an appreciation for art and culture. Research and writing skills are also paramount. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows.

Research

  • Gathering information
  • Using a variety of resources
  • Applying theoretical approaches to problems
  • Defining problems
  • Summarizing and presenting information
  • Evaluating results

Critical Thinking

  • Approaching problems from diverse perspectives
  • Avoiding simplistic conclusions
  • Perceiving patterns and structures
  • Reading critically
  • Thinking independently

Communication

  • Language skills
  • Increased vocabulary
  • Writing effectively
  • Conveying complex information
  • Speaking to groups
  • Presenting research findings
  • Using precise language

Human Relations

  • Understanding human relationships
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the origins of western culture
  • Appreciation of human history and development
  • Identifying cultural/social considerations
  • Comparing cultures
Sample Internship Opportunities
  • Publishing (e.g., Teacher Magazine, Oxford University Press)
  • Advertising (e.g., Redman Communications, TBWA/Chiat Day)
  • Marketing (e.g., Leo Burnett USA, McCann Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (e.g., the World Bank)
  • Embassies
  • Government (e.g., the State Department)
  • Education (e.g., Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, Learning First Alliance, READ Foundation)
  • Entertainment (e.g., DC101 Radio Station, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center)
  • U.S. Congress
  • Museums (e.g., Walters Art Museum, Torpedo Factory)

Where are Georgetown Classics Majors Now?

  • Museum researcher
  • Attorney
  • Architect
  • Theatrical actor/Manager
  • Publisher/Editor
  • Screenwriter
  • Journalist/TV reporter
  • Public relations associate
  • Editing assistant
  • Writer’s agent Financial planner
  • Internet specialist
  • Marketing account executive
  • Entrepreneur
  • State Legislator
  • Consultant
  • Investment analyst
  • Language instructor
  • Radio producer
  • Psychologist
  • Legislative assistant
  • Research analyst
  • Mediator
  • Policy analyst
  • Community organizer
  • Surgeon
  • Caseworker
  • Government relations
  • Associate
  • Paralegal Teacher
  • Professor
  • Affirmative action officer
  • Student services administrator
  • Copywriter
Professional Organizations and Relevant Web Sites

For information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493. For more information about the major and degree requirements, visit the Department of Classics Web site or call them (202) 687-7624. The department is located at 317 Healy.