Classics is the branch of the Humanities comprising the languages, literature, philosophy, history, art, and culture of the ancient Mediterranean world, especially Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome during Classical Antiquity (ca. BC 600-AD 600). Initially, the study of the Classics (the period’s literature) was the principal study in the Humanities.
The Classics Program in the College of Arts & Sciences is one of the programs offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The program offers a major in Classics – leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics -- which allows concentration in either Greek or Latin languages or Classical Studies (the latter does not necessarily require taking Greek or Latin); courses in translation; and courses in the departments of art history, comparative literature, history, philosophy, and religious studies.
What careers are available to those with a bachelor’s degree in Classics? Well, JK Rowling, author of the iconic “Harry Potter” series, studied Classics – and she has done rather well in her career. Museums are a key employer for Classics graduates. So is teaching, which provides an opportunity for Classics graduates to share their expertise. In addition, the public sector offers a variety of career paths, including roles within government administration, research, information management, and heritage.
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