What can I do with a major in Classical Culture?
UGA Specific Information for Classical Culture
The Classical Culture major at UGA focuses less on ancient languages and more on the literature, history, archaeology, art, philosophy, and religion of the Greco-Roman world. For students who elect an emphasis in archaeology the program also offers students archaeological field experience on a classical site. Studying Classical Culture also improves a student’s ability to communicate cross culturally, increases their understanding and sensitivity to different cultures, and broadens their knowledge regarding the world. Career opportunities for graduates include teaching at the secondary level, non-teaching academic positions, journalism, business, museum work, law, library work, editorial work, positions in the travel and tourist industry, and government positions in foreign service.
UGA Classical Culture Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
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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.
- Gathering information
- Using a variety of resources
- Applying theoretical approaches to problems
- Defining problems
- Summarizing and presenting information
- Evaluating results
- Approaching problems from diverse perspectives
- Avoiding simplistic conclusions
- Perceiving patterns and structures
- Reading critically
- Thinking independently
- Language skills
- Increased vocabulary
- Writing effectively
- Conveying complex information
- Speaking to groups
- Presenting research findings
- Using precise language
- 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)
- 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)
GENERAL INFORMATION AND STRATEGIES
- Classics is an interdisciplinary major useful for cultivating verbal, written, and logical reasoning skills and for broadening one’s world view. Classics majors often develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills valued by many types of employers and graduate programs. Latin and Greek language training is particularly helpful for learning legal and medical terminology.
- An undergraduate major is adequate for entry-level positions in communications, business, government, or nonprofit. Develop a career goal, and gain the appropriate experiences, skills, and credentials to qualify for those types of positions.
- Seek experience in your interest area through internships, summer or part-time work, or volunteer positions.
- Develop excellent writing and research skills.
- Join organizations such as The American Classical League or The American Philological Association to establish a professional network.
- Study and/or travel abroad to contribute to your understanding of the field.
- Pursue graduate education in classics for increased opportunities. Plan to specialize in one area such as Latin and Greek, classical literature, classical archaeology or classical civilization.
- A classics major serves as good preparation for graduate study in other analytical subjects such as law, anthropology, medieval studies, philosophy, history, or English, and for research or practice in religion. Consider combining study in the classics with a major or minor in another discipline to maximize opportunities.
- Secure strong relationships and personal recommendations from professors, and become familiar with the specific entrance exam for graduate or professional schools.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in jobs of interest to learn about their career fields and to build a network of contacts.
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- National Geographic
- Non-Profit Career Network
- Encyclopedia Mythica
- Electronic Resources for Classicists
- U.S. Travel Association
- American Library Association
- American Philological Association
- American Classical League
- The Classical Association of the Midwest & South
- American Numismatic Society
- The Center for Ancient Studies
- Association of Ancient Historians
- American Academy in Rome
- The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
- Archaeological Institute of America
- The Classical Association
- The Women’s Classical Caucus
- National Committee for Latin and Greek