Career Opportunities for Majors in Classics


The study of Classics focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of Greco-Roman antiquity (second millennium BCE to the end of the sixth century CE). Courses focus on the interpretation of the original texts in Latin and Greek in the light of discipline-specific methodologies. Students learn about the ancient Greek and Latin languages, translation dealing with classical civilization, Latin and Greek prose, and classical philology. The Classics major offers concentrations in Ancient Greek, Latin, Ancient Greek and Latin, and Classical Humanities.

Classic major helps you develop the following skills: strategic and tactical thinking, political awareness, and critical judgement. Classics graduates pursue careers in business, education, government, and the Nonprofit sector, and some pursue advanced degrees. Future career options may be determined not so much by the choice of the Classics major, but by your interests, skills, values, and types of work experiences acquired during college.

Regardless of your career aspirations, increase your marketability to employers through internships, related work experience, good grades, advanced coursework, and involvement in campus activities. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills, accomplishments, and related work experience while in school.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Employee Relations Specialist Market Research Specialist
Advertising Account Exec. Foreign Service Officer Museum Curator
Archivist Foreign Student Advisor Nonprofit Administrator
Attorney Government Agency Admin Peace Corps Worker
Business Manager Historic Preservation Specialist Politician
Communications Specialist Historic Site Administrator Professor/Educator
Community Affairs Specialist Human Resources Specialist Public Administrator
Conflict Resolution Specialist Import/Export Specialist Public Information Officer
Consultant International Banker Public Policy Specialist
Consumer Advocate International Conference Planner Public Relations Specialist
Copy Writer International Consutant Publications Specialist
Corporate Trainer International Relations Specialist Translator
Cultural Affairs Officer International Trade Specialist Travel Consultant
Customer Relations Rep Interpretor Writer/Author
Customs/Immigration Officer Journalist
Editor/Writer Lobbyist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Book Publishers Hospitality Organizations Newspapers/Magazines
Community Arts Centers Insurance Companies Professional Associations
Community service agencies Investment Firms Public Relations Firms
Consumer Organizations Law firms Publishing companies
Cultural Organizations Libraries Research Firms
Educational Institutions Management consulting firms Retail Stores
Foundations Market research firms Social Work Organizations
Galleries  Media (Radio, TV) Theaters
Healthcare Facilities Museums/historical societies Wholesale/Retail Operations
Government Agencies
Agency for Int'l. Development Int'l. Trade Administration Office of Int'l. Policy & Programs
Bureau of Export Admin. Library of Congress Peace Corps
Bureau of Int'l. Labor Affairs NJ Governor's Commission on Int'l. Trade Smithsonian Institution
Bureau of Intelligence & Research NJ Int'l. Trade Division Telecommunications Satellite Organization
Civil Rights Commission NJ Travel & Tourism Division U.S. Customs Service
Consumer Affairs Office National Endowment for the Humanities U.S. Department of State
Department of Commerce National Security Agency U.S. Information Agency
Foreign Commercial Service Office of Int'l. Affairs Voice of America
Foreign Service Office of Int'l. Coop. & Development
Immigration & Naturalization Service Office of Int'l. Education

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Classics

Organization Job Title
Fordham University Lecturer

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Classics

M.B. Citret, Int. Planning Architectural Designer
Harris County Public Library Asst. Catalog Librarian
Tillinghast Collins & Graham, (JD) Attorney
Alexandria Bd. of Educ. Business Administrator
Psychiatric Mgmt. Resources Care Coordinator
Reference Services, Halifax Library Coordinator
American Antiquarian Society Curator of Manuscripts
Commonwealth of PA Deputy Press Secretary
Regis College Director of Annual Giving
Jewish Guild for the Blind Dir., Public Relations
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