Hannah Gaff, Class of 2008, is the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Egypt.
Classics Career Guide
Explore Options: A Menu of Major-Specific Experiences and Sampling of Related Career Paths
Menu of Experiences
Sample Classics Student Internship Sites
Internships provide an environment for you to gain hands-on, supervised experience. You'll apply the concepts you are learning in the classroom to a work environment while boosting your resume! Past internship sites include:
- Northwestern Mutual
- Grand Rapids Public Museum
- Acton Institute
- Loutit District Library
- Gainey Transportation Services
- Zondervan Publishing
- Miller Canfield
- Kellogg Foundation
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Join A Student Organization
Get involved with a student organization related to your major. Student orgs are a great way to get connected and explore career options!
Relevant Courses and Certificates for Building Skills
Developing relevant skills that employers seek is an essential component of a student's education. GVSU students should consider elective courses and certificates that pair with their major to gain additional skills.
- Deep understanding of language
- Strong writing skills
- Extensive self-directed research skills
- Articulate key elements from complex information
- Form evidence-based judgements
- Identify and solve problems
Community Service Opportunities
Seek volunteer opportunities related to the field you're exploring as a way of testing out future careers.
The Civic Engagement Center keeps a list of current volunteer opportunities updated on their website. There are ongoing opportunities on a continuous basis, as well as on-campus and off-campus opportunities posted as they become available.
Classics Study Abroad
Through study abroad you’ll also set yourself apart from other job-seekers and graduate-school applicants in an increasingly competitive market.
Imagine reciting a speech of Cicero in the Roman senate house, enjoying fresh seafood while gazing across the Straits of Actium, running a footrace at Olympia, or strolling through the dusty streets of Pompeii. As a Classics major, you can easily meet program requirements while gaining a unique perspective about life in ancient Greece and Rome.
Undergraduate Scholar Engagement
Pursuing academic, creative, and research experiences and projects outside the classroom is an excellent way to learn new skills and build a body of work in your field.
The Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement (CUSE) provides opportunities for undergraduate research and scholarship.
Classics Career Spotlights
Mark Beckwith '11 took a mythology class while a student at Grandville High School, so when he came to Grand Valley a Classics course in Greek sounded interesting.
Brittany Hunter 08, a software designer with Atomic Object in Grand Rapids, said Grand Valley provided...
Where Alumni Have Landed
- Behavior Technician – Autism Centers of Michigan
- Treasury Anaylst – PNC
- Managing Partner –Atomic Object
- Lead Developer – 40 Visuals
- Logistics Manager – Tehological Book Network
- Graduate Student, Biomedical Sciences – University of California
- Operations Coordinator– Mercy Health
- Data Management Provider – Priority Health
- Teacher– University of Detroit Jesuit High School
- Global Digital Marketing Manager – Syncron
- Volunteer Coordinator – Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
- Public Relations & Marketing – Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative
- Paralegal – Reisinger Law Firm PLLC
- Collector – Chemical Bank
- Teacher – Various School Districts
- Program Coordinator – MSX International
Beyond Undergraduate: Graduate or Professional Programs
Students with a Classics degree may continue on to a variety of graduate programs. Here are some examples of pathways students may pursue:
- Classical Archaeology
- Ancient History
- Classical Languages and Literature
- Comparative Literature
- Art History
- Museum Studies
- Historical Preservation
- Library and Information Science
- Ancient Philosophy and Early Christian Studies