Classical studies is the branch of the humanities comprising languages, literature, philosophy, history, art, archaeology and other culture of the ancient Mediterranean world (Bronze Age ca. BC 3000 – Late Antiquity ca. AD 300–600), especially ancient Greece and ancient Rome during Classical Antiquity (ca. BC 600 – AD 600).
Classical studies courses require no prior study of Latin or Greek, and all primary texts are read in English translation.
This is a helpful background for entry-level positions in fields such as communication, business and government or community organizations. A classics background is good preparation for graduate study in other analytical subjects such as law, anthropology, history or English and for research or practice in religion. Consider combining study in the classics with a major or minor in another discipline to maximize opportunities.
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A degree in Classical Studies is good preparation for careers in academia, museums, research, civil service, nonprofits, historic preservation, publishing and more.
Some Classical Studies and languages graduates from Ripon College have gone on to graduate work in their languages. Others have continued their studies in other fields, such as communication studies, nonprofit management, international relations, medicine school, public policy and theology.
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