Classical Antiquity

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA, BGS, and Minor, as well as a MA 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.

Classics Department website

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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Jobs to Consider 

Places to Seek Employment 

  • Colleges and Universities
  • City, County, and State Government Agencies
  • Cultural Organizations
  • Federal Government Agencies
  • Historical Societies
  • K-12 Public and Private Schools
  • Law Firms
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Private Archeological Consulting Firms
  • Publishing Companies
  • Travel Agencies
  • United Nations 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.