Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an excellent foundation for people who wish to pursue careers in all sorts of fields.
Recent studies have documented that Classics, together with Math majors, have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. Visit also the CDC's Pre-Law website.
A 1990 survey of business recruitment officers found that "studying the classics developed 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."
Combined with a science, Classics makes an excellent double major for pre-med students. Students who major in languages, including Greek and Latin, have a better success rate getting into medical school than do majors in Biology, Microbiology, and the like (see the AAMC's Medical School Admissions Requirements, 1997-98, p. 24). Visit also Bucknell's Pre-Med website.
There is a strong demand for Latin teachers around the country. For information on the Latin teacher shortage, visit the National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week Website. To quote a recent article in the Los Angeles Times on the recruitment of teachers, "Surprisingly, while Spanish majors are highly sought after, the sharpest appetite is for Latin majors...Recruiters are eager to find college graduates who majored in Latin because high school students in significant numbers continue to want to study it. Some are attracted to Latin for the mental discipline and for what it teaches about the inner workings of English and many other languages. Latin is also popular with students who may want to go to medical school or specialize in biology or other sciences that use Latin words in their terminology." Click here for a site on job placement services for classics-related teachers.
Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies alumnae/i have gone on to graduate school in Anthropology, History, English, seminary, and, of course, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Click here for a site linking to all the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies graduate programs in the country with a brief description of each. See also Bucknell's Graduate School Advising Page. There is also the Lionel Pearson Fellowship which provides funds for majors in Greek, Latin, or Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies to study in England or Scotland for a year immediately after graduating from college. The application deadline is usually in mid-October of the senior year. Click here for a list of graduate programs in the USA.
If you have never gotten over that urge to play in the mud and dig in dirt, this may be for you. Check out this site on Frequently Asked Questions about Careers in Archeology in the US.
Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies , especially with an emphasis in material culture and archeology, is an excellent preparation for a career working in or with museums.There are summer internships which can get you started, such as The Museum Studies Summer Internship Program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Smithsonian Institute's Center for Museum Studies provides both information and opportunities. One can also pursue this career further at the graduate level of study, such as at the University of Delaware , NYU or the University of Leicester in the UK (to name a just a few). The American Association of Museums puts out a job newsletter, Adviso, through which you can learn about the types of opportunities available.
Students who follow a more literary criticism track (philology) gain a knowledge of western literary traditions as well as writing and analytical skills useful in publishing -- and a real love of literature! There are many ways to break into this industry, including an excellent summer institute at Denver which addresses not only editing skills but also career counseling.
In addition to museums, many other non-profit associations are looking for the kind of research, writing, and critical analysis skills which Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies graduates have. Many students choose Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and the humanities in general, precisely because they did not want to go the mainstream business route. Non-profit work can be very rewarding to those with a humanist bent.
- Chronicle of Philanthropy carries listings of jobs in non-profit organizations, especially grants-writing and public relations.
- The National Association of Fund-Raising Executives has state and local chapters, each with their own job banks.
- The American Association for State and Local History does not carry listings per se but has contact information to many national, regional, and state historical associations and museums and thus is a great jumping-off point.
- For a more specific geographical job search, the Maryland Association of Non-profit Organizations has a job bank.
- Public Interest Research Group is a network of non-profit watchdog organizations working to protect the public interest. The PIRGs provide a great opportunity into the public interest/social change field, or to alternative careers in general.