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Classics

1. What is the Classics major?
2. What careers often interest Classics majors?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What Classics resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the Classics major?

1. What is the Classics major?

Classical studies embraces the study of Greek and Latin language, literature, history and culture. An emphasis in Classics provides students scholarly tools that enable them to understand better the culture of the ancient world as well as the world in which they live. Studying classical culture also improves a student’s ability to communicate cross culturally, increases understanding and sensitivity to different cultures, and broadens knowledge of the world.

At Wake Forest, students may major or minor in Greek, Latin, or Classical Studies. Courses offered by the Department are relevant to studies in Art, Anthropology, History, Religion, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Women’s Studies.

Career opportunities for graduates are many and varied. They include teaching at the secondary level, non-teaching academic positions, journalism, business, museum work, law, library work, editorial work, positions in travel and tourist industry, and government positions in foreign service. The major can help prepare students to enter graduate school in classics, comparative literature, linguistics, history, as well as other fields. Many Wake Forest classics majors have gone on to graduate and professional study at distinguished institutions and have been successful in pursuing higher degrees.

2. What careers often interest Classics majors?

Careers that often interest Classics majors include:

Anthropologist
Attorney
Consultant
Curator
Editor
Educator
Foreign Service Officer
Journalist
Librarian
Minister
Physician
Technical Writer
Travel Agent

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to assimilate new information and integrate it with earlier knowledge; Facility in organizing and remembering extensive vocabulary; An understanding of Greek and Latin grammar, which leads to a greater understanding of language in general; Facility in using language; Proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing; Propensity to think logically; and analytical and problem solving skills.

4. What Classics resources are available?

American Philological Association
American Classical League

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where Classics majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the Classics major?

For more information about the Classics major, visit the WFU Department of Classical Languages.