What Can I Do with a Major in Classical Languages?

The intellectual foundation for Western culture comes from the ancient Greeks and Romans. Classics is the study of their language, literature, art, history, archaeology, and philosophy.

Classical Languages majors learn*:

  • logical reasoning
  • persuasion and argumentation
  • conflict resolution
  • mediation
  • value identification

Because courses in Greek and Latin emphasize the development of skills in close reading and effective writing, graduates of this program are well suited to any career requiring analytical thought and communication. Journalism, library science, publishing, and business are some fields which employ classics graduates. Those who have additional proficiency in a modern language are strong candidates for positions in international business and diplomacy.

Career options for Classical Languages graduates include**:

  • information specialist
  • business manager
  • research and development specialist
  • museum worker
  • public policy analyst
  • press secretary
  • diplomatic staff member

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Classical Languages majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Classical Languages majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.