Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

Beyond the B.A.

What Kind of Work Can You Do If You Major in Classics?

Some of our best friends have jobs in...

  • Advertising
  • Archaeology
  • Archives
  • Arts Commentary
  • College/University Presidency
  • Computer Programming
  • Fiction
  • Film Consulting
  • Financial Consulting
  • Foreign Service
  • Foundations
  • Government
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Historical Societies
  • Information Management
  • Journalism
  • Judiciary
  • Labor Relations
  • Law
  • Libraries
  • Literary Editing
  • Market Research
  • Medicine
  • Ministry
  • Museums
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Research Assistance
  • Sales
  • Scholarship
  • Speechwriting
  • Teaching
  • Theater
  • Tourism
  • Translating

Additional training is required in some cases, but it is with other majors, too; and a Classics degree looks good on applications, since it shows you can master a complex subject and express yourself well.

Assorted Former Classics Students, or, the Road to Success

  • Ben Bradlee, Joint Chairman of the International Advisory Board, Independent Media Group; author; formerly Executive Editor of the Washington Post
  • Rita Mae Brown, author (fiction, poetry, non-fiction)
  • William S. Cohen, author (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry); former U.S. Representative and Senator; Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration
  • Nathaniel Fick, Afghanistan war veteran and memoirist
  • Mary Ann Hopkins, Professor of Surgery and Doctor Without Borders
  • David Karp, Fruit Detective
  • David Packard, co-founder and first CEO of Hewlett Packard
  • J. K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter
  • Lynn Sherr, Correspondent for ABC News; author
  • Ted Turner, Chairman of the Turner Foundation; founder of Cable News Network and Turner Network Television; owner of the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks
  • Garry Wills, scholar of cultural history and author; professor of History at Northwestern University
  • Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook (2004 profile by The Harvard Crimson; 2009 article about Latin on Facebook by cnet news)  
  • Link to rogueclassicist's index of holders of Classics degrees

Thoughts of Those Who Have Been There, Done That

Preparing to Pursue a Future within Academia

For some, a branch of Classical Studies is a good career choice. These indexes can help you identify programs in which to acquire the credentials you will need.

Revised 18 May 2012 by jlong1@luc.edu.