Career Resources: Academia
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.
- The Classical Association of the Middle West and South maintains an index of links to doctorate and master's, MA-only, and post-baccalaureate programs (including Loyola's) in the US, and select programs abroad.
- GradSchools.com, Humanities and Cultures, indexed directory: follow links to Archaeology, Area & Cultural Studies - European Studies, Foreign Languages & Studies, History Disciplines, Literature - Classics, etc.
- Directory of Graduate Programs for Classical/Mediterranean archaeology and/or a related field, including Near Eastern and Egyptian archaeology, the study of Classical/ancient art, museum studies, and art conservation. Maintained by the Archaeological Institute of America.
- Index of North American graduate programs incorporating Byzantine Studies or Late Antiquity, maintained by the Byzantine Studies Association of North America.
- Graduate Education in Classics, index-page for several 1990s colloquia among professional Classicists concerned with the future of graduate training in the profession - most of which remains relevant.
- In addition to post-baccalaureate programs that can help supplement your undergrad preparation (particularly in languages), a few universities now offer "bridges," funded opportunities for underrepresented students in classics. See The Bridge to the Doctorate Program in Classics at the University of Virginia, the Bridge M.A. in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan, and the Pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Princeton.
Choosing and Applying for Programs
- "How to Apply to Classics PhD Programs," by Dr. Sarah Nooter, University of Chicago, for Eidolon.
- "What is the Worth of a Masters in Classics? Some Advice on Terminal MAs,," by Dr. Christopher Polt, Boston College, for the SCS blog.
- "A Primer on the Varieties of Graduate Programs in Classics," by Sarah Teets, PhD, for the CAMWSgrads blog.
Some Classicists choose to set their career-aims outside the academic world even after beginning or completing graduate work. The Paideia Institute in 2015 formed the Legion Project in order to facilitate networking for Classicists who take their Ph.D.s into nonacademic endeavors. In December 2018 they premiered the Legion Project Bridge Program, "a career-placement initiative that advises and supports Classicists as they seek to transition to fulfilling careers beyond the professoriate."
This page was updated 8 November 2020