The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA, BGS, and Minor in Classical Antiquity. The major provides a broad, interdisciplinary training in ancient Greek and Roman cultures and languages and prepares you for graduate study in ancient archeology, art, or history.
Sample of Related Skills
- Read and comprehend works of poetry and prose in their original language(s) from all periods of classical antiquity
- Know how to place these texts in their literary, social, and historical context
- Demonstrate broad understanding of the history and culture of the ancient world
- Describe and discuss the grammatical, rhetorical and stylistic features of Latin and Greek texts as well as the way these features shape the ideas in these texts
- Use linguistic analysis in the historical, philosophical and theological interpretation of Greek and Latin texts
Popular Career Paths
Archeology: Involves the analysis of past civilizations by uncovering and studying artifacts and architecture to gain knowledge about the way people lived in the past.
Government: Involves understanding and participating in the development of public policy to guide the well-being of citizens and societies, whether at a city, state, or federal level.
Law: Involves providing legal services for clients that may include things such as advising them of their rights, analyzing or writing legal documents, or defending them from lawsuits.
Literary Editing: Involves proofreading and providing feedback and reviews on written material such as books, newspaper or magazine articles.
Museum Work: Involves the planning and overseeing the arrangements, cataloging, and exhibition of collections of arts and historic objects.
Teaching: Involves facilitating students learning by developing lesson plans, providing instruction, and creating a learning environment.
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- Association of Art Museum Curators - A comprehensive list of art museums across America.
- University of California, Irvine - A listing of numerous classics listservs.
Jobs to Consider
Places to Seek Employment
Colleges and Universities
City, County, and State Government Agencies
Federal Government Agencies
K-12 Public and Private Schools
Private Archeological Consulting Firms
View specific employers by state.
- Choose your area of focus (i.e., culture or languages) and then become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
- Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. List of practice questions: general interview (pdf), law school (pdf)
- Consider traveling or doing a study abroad experience in Italy or Greece.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: The Classics Club.
Job and Internship Search Resources
- American Classical League - Resources and job postings by state for teaching Classical Greek and Latin.
- American Library Association - Career information and job listings for libraries.
- American Philological Association - A listing of jobs for classicists and archeologists.
- Archeological Institute of America - Find opportunities for fieldwork through the AIA.
- Archeology Fieldwork.com - A listing of archeology fieldwork jobs.
- Society of American Archivists - Job listings with the SAA.