Classical Studies

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All academic programs offered at the UM help students develop valuable transferable skills. So why study ancient cultures and languages? Because the works and thoughts of the Greeks and Romans provide historical perspective to questions that are still sharply debated. The questions pondered by the ancients are timeless —the nature of fate, identity and gender, the individual and society, responsibility of the individual, the best form of government, definitions of justice and law, the meaning of heroism, the function of sport and spectacle in society, the origins of imperialism, etc.  In addition, the ancient languages influenced every modern European language, especially Modern Greek, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

We encourage students to use the Department’s many resources and provide many opportunities to pursue research, fieldwork, and study abroad.

Related fields include History, Philosophy, History of Art, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, Ancient Civilizations, and Biblical Studies.



Language Skills

Reading for tone and attitude  
Perceiving word patterns and structures  
Interpreting historical ideas in a modern context  
Evaluating styles of writing  
Using and recognizing precise language  
Evaluating translations and original texts

Research and Analytical Skills

Understanding the importance of detail  
Compiling and organizing information  
Evaluating ideas / theories /evidence  
Observing people and things  
Reasoning logical solutions to problems

Communication Skills

Writing clearly  
Listening critically  
Presenting and debating arguments  
Persuading people / groups  
Editing / proofreading materials  
Reading for hidden meaning

Social and Intercultural Skills

Understanding ideas  
Understanding and interpreting other cultures / beliefs  
Developing sensitivity to cultural viewpoints  
Clarifying others’ thoughts and ideas  
Appreciating continuity and change within a historical perspective



Employers seek out individuals who can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, initiative, and a strong work ethic. Classical Studies offers students numerous opportunities to engage in departmental life to help build these skills. The small size of many language classes and upper level courses fosters a true sense of community, enhanced by faculty and staff mentorship and lively activity of several student groups. Student organizations and campus employment offer other valuable opportunities to add to the skills you are developing in your classes. Other options include study abroad, off-campus employment or volunteering in the community. Finally, a summer internship may be the best way of all to test out a career field and develop marketable skills.



Classics concentrators develop both general and technical skills applicable to a wide range of careers. For example, the ability to organize and compile large amounts of data may be equally useful whether working as a museum curator, a freelance writer, or an attorney.

Many of our concentrators go on to graduate or professional school. The list below is a sample of careers undertaken by Classics graduates.

Language Skills

Teacher, Greek and Latin  
Tour planner / tour guide  
International trade representative

Research and Analytical Skills

Archivist open book icon  
College professor open book icon  
Archaeologist open book icon  
Research associate  
Museum curator open book icon  
Medical researcher open book icon  
Financial analyst  
Policy analyst  
Foundation director  
Librarian open book icon

Communication Skills

High school teacher  
Study abroad advisor  
Lawyer open book icon  
Editor (textbook, journal, newspaper, web)  
Advertising copywriter  
Promotional advertiser  
Public relations specialist  
Freelance writer  
Arts reviewer

Social and Intercultural Skills

Minister open book icon  
Foreign service officer open book icon  
Press secretary  
Legislative assistant  
Labor relations manager  
Human resource officer

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The Department offers the following concentration and minor programs:

Ancient Greek and Latin  
• Classical Language and Literature  
• Greek  
• Latin  
• Latin Teaching Certification  
Classical Civilization  
Modern Greek

Descriptions of the various concentration requirements are set forth in the LSA Bulletin and can be found on the departmental website. The Classical Studies concentration advisors welcome the opportunity to discuss the department’s program with any prospective concentrators.  In addition, an Honors concentration is available in each concentration. Classics concentrators are eligible to spend a semester abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, where students gain firsthand exposure to the major sites and monuments of ancient Greece, Sicily, and Roman Italy.

Department of Classics  
2160 Angell Hall  
435 S. State Street  

Newnan Advising Center  
1255 Angell Hall  



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The Career Center  
3200 Student Activities Building  

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