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Classics Major!

valuable1212valuable1212 Registered User Posts: 396 Member
edited December 2004 in College Search & Selection

I think I would really like majoring in something like classics. I am pretty sure a lot of people double major because I don't know how much someone could do with just a major in Classics. I was just wondering what most people do end up with after majoring in classics such as a job/school etc.? Anyone on the board that is majoring/minoring in Classics, if you could please give me some information on the course work, how you like latin/greek, if it helped you for graduate school, why you pursued it as a major, etc. I find it all very interesting (translating,reading,philosophy, etc.) but I hope there is some use for it after undergrad. Just wanted to hear what CC'ers had to say on the major. I am sure it is a ton of reading/writing. Anyone with any personal experience etc. just respond hehe :)
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Replies to: Classics Major!

  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    I know three Classics majors. One ended up a librarian, one is a doctor, and the third is a successful attorney. The librarian and the doctor both played on Jeopardy. All three are very smart and very articulate.
  • lionswimlionswim Registered User Posts: 417 Member
    Classics majors have very high acceptance rates in both med and law school. A lot of them also end up as professors, religious leaders, or archaeoligists. My Latin teacher tells me that Latin teachers are in high demand now because more schools are leaning toward classical education. He went to Baylor.
  • bigjake587bigjake587 - Posts: 733 Member
    Classics does not necessarily have to translate into a career. You pursue it because you like classical civilization, philosophy etc (like you mentioned). Learning that greatly expands your knowledge. As far as careers go, you can double major nicely with economics or political science. Like coureur and lionswim mentioned, classics majors do very well in law school. Law does not really have a specific undergraduate major. I guess classics majors can go to medical school, but i dont see how that would work unless they double majored in something scientific. Maybe i'm missing something.
  • valuable1212valuable1212 Registered User Posts: 396 Member
    I applied to Bucknell, Pitzer, Scripps, Oxy, Wellesley, Tulane, and Santa Clara University (Yes a weird group of schools). I know Pitzer, Scripps, Bucknell, and Wellesley should have great classic departments, Oxy only has a minor and I am not sure about Santa Clara and Tulane's reputation in that aspect. Could you rank the schools from best to "worst" concerning Classics if you have any idea? I applied ED to Scripps...Are they known for Classics?
  • grxkngrxkn Registered User Posts: 382 Member
    I only know 2 Classics majors, and they're both super-successful doctors today.
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    >>I guess classics majors can go to medical school, but i dont see how that would work unless they double majored in something scientific.<<

    Like law schools, medical schools do not require a specific major. They do usually require a specific set of classes that must be taken: 1 year of general chem, 1 year of organic chem, 1 year of physics, calculus, a couple of biology classes, etc. You can usually fit those in around a Classics or other major, maybe with the help of a summer session or two. Add a couple more chem classes and you could come out with a chem minor to go with the Classics major.
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