In a world of rapid technological advances in which highly specialized skills rapidly become obsolete, the student with a strong background in classics offers the diversity of perspective, flexibility of mind, precision in communication, and ability to learn independently that employers in business, government, education, and industry find attractive.
Here’s what The Princeton Review says about a classics major:
“We can’t overestimate the value of a Classics major. Check this out: according to Association of American Medical Colleges, students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science. Crazy, huh? Furthermore, according to Harvard Magazine, Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. Believe it or not: political science, economics, and pre-law majors lag fairly far behind. Even furthermore, Classics majors consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all undergraduates.
“Shocked? Don’t be. One reason Classics majors are so successful is that they completely master grammar. Medical terminology, legal terminology, and all those ridiculously worthless vocabulary words on the GRE (and the SAT) have their roots in Greek and Latin. Ultimately, though, Classics majors get on well in life because they develop intellectual rigor, communications skills, analytical skills, the ability to handle complex information, and, above all, a breadth of view which few other disciplines can provide.”
What graduate programs do Carthage classics graduates attend?
- University of Chicago School of Oriental Studies
- University of Illinois School of Law
- University of Wisconsin School of Law
- University of Arizona Program in Classical Studies
- Florida State University Program in Classics (with a concentration in Museum Studies)
Where do Carthage classics graduates work?
- NBCUniversal — Major Incident Coordinator
- University of Chicago Oriental Institute — Cuneiform Digitization Photographer
- Wilson Dow Group — Production Assistant
- Jefferson High School — Teacher
- CCB Technology — Content Marketing Specialist