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Classical Studies: Degrees for Military & Veterans

Getting a Degree in Classical Studies

What exactly are Classical Studies?

A Degree in Classical Studies (similarly named Classics, Classical Cultures, and/or Civilizations) is an interdisciplinary field of study focused on Greco-Roman antiquity. A Degree in Classical Studies is truly a great multicultural education that helps mold well-rounded, critical thinkers. Students pursuing this degree will study ancient Greek and Roman civilizations as well as cultures that these empires absorbed including Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, Egypt, and the Middle East. Students will study a variety of fields including:

  • Art
  • Literature
  • Linguistics
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Religion

What can you do with a Classical Studies Degree?

With a Degree in Classical Studies, students explore the roots of Western civilization. Studying Latin and/or Greek gives students a foundation in the origins of modern language. Studying great authors like Homer and Socrates allows students receive a broad perspective on classical literature, its corresponding culture, and timeless cultural influences.

Fun Fact: Classical Studies Majors are consistently among the top scorers on professional exams (business, law, medicine, etc.) and graduate school entry tests!

Is a Classical Studies Degree hard?

No, a Degree in Classical Studies is not hard! A program in Classical Studies builds skills and competencies such as critical thinking, analytical thinking, writing, oral communication, research, problem-solving, and creativity.

Earning a Degree in Classical Studies can be found in a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral program.

Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Studies

An undergraduate degree in Classical Studies prepares students for careers in a wide variety of fields including:

  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Business and Industry
  • Government
  • Social Services
  • Fine Arts

Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce for their chosen career and/or pursue further education by earning a graduate degree.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Studies

  • Legislator- An elected position responsible for the development, introduction, and/or enactment of laws and statutes at the local, state, tribal, or federal level. Median Annual Salary: $30,000.
  • Translator- Convert information from one language into another language. Must be proficient in at minimum 2 languages. Median Annual Salary: $52,000.
  • Museum Technician- Prepare and restore items in collections of historical items and artwork. Median Annual Salary: $52,000.
  • Secondary Teacher- Teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.
  • Law Clerk-Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.

Master’s Degree in Classical Studies

A Master’s Degree in Classical Studies is a popular choice for those seeking to become an expert in this field. A graduate degree in Classical Studies is also a great choice for those choosing career paths such as research or postsecondary teaching. Popular subfields of Classical Studies include

  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Mythology
  • Gender and Sexuality

Jobs with a Master’s Degree in Classical Studies

  • Curator- Oversee institutions’ collections, such as historical items or artwork. Median Annual Salary: $52,000.
  • Historian- Research, analyze, interpret, and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources especially as it relates to Classical civilizations. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.
  • Instructional Coordinator- Oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. Develop instructional material, implement it, and assess its effectiveness. Median Annual Salary: $67,000.
  • Customs Broker- Works to ensure client shipments meet the dozens of requirements enforced by US Customs and Border Control. Median Annual Salary: $76,000.

Doctorate in Classical Studies

Students can earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Classical Studies. A doctoral degree offers students the opportunity to become well-respected experts in their field with many PhD graduates sharing their wealth of knowledge via careers in writing, research, and teaching.

Jobs with a Doctoral Degree in Classical Studies

  • Postsecondary Teacher– Instruct students in Classics courses beyond the high school level. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.
  • Public Relations Manager- Direct the creation of materials that will enhance the public image of their employer or client. Median Annual Salary: $118,000.
  • Author- Develop written content for various types of media on the topic of Classical Studies. Median Annual Salary: $122,000.

Is a Classical Studies Degree worth it?

Yes, a Degree in Classical Studies is worth it! A Degree in Classical Studies is a highly-regarded degree that can offer students personal, educational, and career growth! Don’t forget to utilize your educational entitlements. Financial resources such as the GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, and the Yellow Ribbon Program can help students earn their degrees with little to no money out-of-pocket. In addition, the MyCAA program for eligible spouses that can provide funding for Associate Degree and Certificate programs.

Ready to start your Degree in Classical Studies? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools 

Loyola University Chicago

Has a comprehensive Classical Studies department that offers several Bachelor of Arts Degrees and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate option as well. Loyola University has GI Bill-approved programs, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and offers credit for military experience. Loyola University-SCPS is a Yellow Ribbon school and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

Virginia Tech

Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies. Virginia Tech is a GI Bill®-approved school, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams. Virginia Tech is a Yellow Ribbon school and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Offers a minor in Classical Studies for its undergraduate degrees. University of Nevada Las Vegas is a Yellow Ribbon school.

University of Colorado Boulder

Offers a variety of Classics Degrees including a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Classics. The University of Colorado Boulder is a Yellow Ribbon school.

University of Arizona

Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies. The University of Arizona is a Yellow Ribbon School.

Kent State University

Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies.

Concordia University Ann Arbor

Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Education. Concordia Ann Arbor is a Yellow Ribbon school.

Concordia University Wisconsin

Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Education and a minor in Classical Pedagogy. Concordia University Wisconsin is a Yellow Ribbon school.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.