Careers After Classics

Our majors from the last ten years have gone on to success in a range of careers, most especially law, medicine and education. Several have also pursued graduate work in Classical Studies and other academic disciplines. Whether Classics or CCIV Majors, students in Classical Studies build strong analytical, critical and language skills that they can apply to anything.

What Our Alumni Say:

  • Catherine Kiall '19

    UMass Amherst, MAT in Latin and Classical Humanities 

    "It was because of how much I loved my experience in the department that I was eager to continue in the field and learn more about how to make the study of Latin accessible and enjoyable."

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    I’m currently in my first year of UMass Amherst’s Latin and Classical Humanities MAT program to be licensed as a 5-12th grade teacher. I have been taking graduate Classics courses, observing in schools in the area, and teaching introductory sections of Latin at the university. If all goes well, I will be student teaching in a local high school this fall. The Wesleyan Classical Studies department developed my interest in Latin and encouraged me to think about the future of Classics and what it can offer students. It was because of how much I loved my experience in the department that I was eager to continue in the field and learn more about how to make the study of Latin accessible and enjoyable. 

  • Emerson Obus '16

    Associate Researcher at Mount Sinai Health System, Cardiovascular Research Center

    "I'm amazed that just three months out of college I've had so much cause to look back on my Classics education for assistance. I very much look forward to finding out how Classics will further help me out on the road to being a doctor."

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    The MCAT, in both the critical analysis and science section, is really testing your ability to come to a conclusion after a few steps of processing and interpretation. [While] studying - and even during the actual taking of the test - I was reminded of the strategies and modes of thinking that I had employed while studying Classics. While studying Ancient Greek, often the biggest challenge to translation was just keeping straight what subject was acting upon what object, and defining the backbone of a complex phrase. In parsing the convoluted passages presented in the MCAT, and in the scientific writings I came across in my undergraduate studies, this proved to be an invaluable skill, which is not really fostered in other disciplines. I'm amazed that just three months out of college I've had so much cause to look back on my Classics education for assistance. I very much look forward to finding out how Classics will further help me out on the road to being a doctor.
  • Olivia Alperstein '14

    Communications and Policy Associate for Progressive Congress

    "I would encourage anyone else who might be thinking of applying to a position like this to just go for it. The people who interviewed me saw my Classics degree as an asset."

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    I was recently hired as a Communications and Policy Associate for Progressive Congress, the 501(c)3 foundation of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.  I work closely with both Progressive Congress and the members of the CPC. I'm only two weeks into this position, after working at the Institute for Policy Studies here in DC.  I have absolutely no prior experience on Capitol Hill. I would encourage anyone else who might be thinking of applying to a position like this to just go for it. The people who interviewed me saw my Classics degree as an asset. The skill set and knowledge that we possess are wide-reaching, and the crucial ability to write and think critically is automatically associated with our major. They were also pleased to see my alma mater.