Classics Career Guide

Explore Options: A Menu of Major-Specific Experiences and Sampling of Related Career Paths

Academic Resources

Explore Classics academic resources designed to support your academic goals!

Curriculum Guide

Classics Department

CLAS Advising Center

What Can I Do With This Major?

Feeling like you don't know what to do with all of this great information? We highly encourage to make an appointment with your academic advisor and career advisor. Another great starting point is the Self-Guided Career Exploration Tool.

Career Resources

Unlock career potential in Classics! Discover resources to maximize your professional trajectory.

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Career Communities

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:

More Info on Internships

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!

Student Organizations

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

Great Electives to Consider

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.

Civic Engagement Center

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.

Classics Study Abroad

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.

Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement (CUSE)

Classics Career Spotlights

Hannah Gaff - Actor / Clown / Theatrical Director Spotlight

Hannah Gaff - Actor / Clown / Theatrical Director

Hannah Gaff, Class of 2008, is the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Egypt.

Mark Beckwith - Latin Teacher Spotlight

Mark Beckwith - Latin Teacher

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 - Software Designer Spotlight

Brittany Hunter - Software Designer

Brittany Hunter 08, a software designer with Atomic Object in Grand Rapids, said Grand Valley provided...

Brigette Frantz - Law Clerk / Ethics Counselor Spotlight

Brigette Frantz - Law Clerk / Ethics Counselor

Brigette L. Frantz '03 earned the B.A. magna cum laude in the Classical Tradition and in English Language and Literature in 2003.

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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

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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
  • Philosophy
  • Comparative Literature
  • Art History
  • Museum Studies
  • Historical Preservation
  • Library and Information Science
  • Ancient Philosophy and Early Christian Studies

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Career Center Resources

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Page last modified February 7, 2024