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Classics is the foundation of Western Civilization, from Bronze Age Greece to the Fall of Rome. It encompasses a wide variety of subjects, including language, literature, history, history and philosophy of science, political science, philosophy, art history, archeology, and mythology.
Studying classics will teach you to think holistically about societies in the past. At the same time, you can see parallels in modern society. Our Founding Fathers looked to the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome to draft the documents by which we Americans live. Ninety percent of English words over two syllables come from Latin. The majority of medical and scientific terms are based on Greek and Latin. Classics can help you discover and rediscover new things in every aspect of your life.
“We can’t overestimate the value of a Classics major.” — The Princeton Review
A classical languages and cultures major can prepare you for many different careers. This program encourages you to write effectively and to learn how to develop your own ideas. You will learn to think critically about a topic or problem, analyzing its elements, and writing clear and effective evaluations. These are skills required by most professions.
After graduation, you will be equipped to look for employment in diverse fields and to move into different fields as your career develop. Possibilities include the following:
Studying classics has been correlated with higher scores on the standardized exams required of students applying to law school (LSAT), graduate school (GRE), and medical school (MCAT). Classics majors are, therefore, able to choose from a wide variety of professional careers.
Recent graduates have gone on to graduate programs in classics and to teach high school Latin. Others have gone on to law school and careers in the business world. The classical languages and cultures major also equips you for a career that requires additional graduate or professional education. It provides an excellent foundation for many professions, including the following:
You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical languages and cultures and complete the pre-law program of study at the same time. You simply take the pre-law courses as your electives. With careful planning and the proper preparation, you can do this in four years.
Combining these two programs of study may also improve your career options. Increasingly, law schools are looking for well-rounded students who have the strong critical thinking, writing, and communication skills the classics major provides.
You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical languages and cultures and complete the pre-med program of study at the same time. You simply take the pre-med courses as your electives. With careful planning and the proper preparation, you can do this in four years.
Combining these two programs of study may also improve your career options. Increasingly, medical schools are looking for well-rounded students who have both strong science training and broad interpersonal and intercultural skills.
Primary and Secondary School Teaching
At Wright State, you can be trained to teach Latin on the K-12 level. You will major in Latin and complete the necessary teacher education courses simultaneously, and graduate fully prepared for the job market.
College and University Teaching
Teaching classes at the college and university level requires graduate education, a master's degree at a minimum, and most commonly a doctoral degree (Ph.D.). Applying for graduate school requires careful planning and preparation. If you are interested in pursuing graduate work in classics or a related field you should discuss with your faculty advisor a variety of issues:
For more information about schools that offer advanced degrees in classics, visit the website of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.
View the classical languages and cultures program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.
Classical languages and cultures majors are encouraged to enhance their programs of study by pursuing opportunities for experiential learning, such as the following:
The core of the classical languages and cultures major consists of the Greek and Latin languages.If you wish to major in classics, you must take one or both of these languages. You will also take courses in ancient history, art history and archeology, literature, mythology, and other specialized subjects.
View Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages and Cultures program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.