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Classics and Letters

A Classics degree focuses on the major languages, chief literary figures, and the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Emphasis is placed on the important role Classical tradition has played in shaping the literature, arts, and general culture of Western civilization. Through its focus on the classical world, the program gives particular attention to the skills necessary for success in the information age: oral and written communication, independent and critical thinking, and the management and evaluation of information.

A Letters degree is interdisciplinary, and the curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate most students' interests. Emphasis is placed on the areas of history, literature, and philosophy. In addition, supporting courses are taken in an ancient language, a modern language, and the appreciation of the fine arts. The program is based upon the assumption that cultivated intelligence, good judgment, and artistic expression in speech and writing are desirable in and for themselves. Both Classics and Letters degrees are common preparation for careers in law, medicine, and religious ministry.

Career Opportunities

  • Business Consulting
  • HR Representative
  • Import/Export Representative
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Management Trainee
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Stockbroker
  • Tour Planner/Guide
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Biographer
  • Copy Writer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Journalist
  • Literary Agent
  • Assistant Chief Counsel
  • Tactical Officer
  • Trial Attorney
  • Creative Director
  • Technical Writer
  • Script Writer
  • Cataloger
  • Curator
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Development Officer
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Specialist
  • Program Coordinator
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Business Administration
  • Archivist
  • Museum Staff Director
  • Corporate Trainer

Related Skills

Hiring Institutions

  • Air, Bus and Rail Lines
  • Archives
  • Art Galleries
  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Business Corporations
  • Consulting Firms
  • Educational Institutions
  • Film Companies
  • Foundations
  • Government Agencies
  • Historical Societies
  • Import/Export Companies
  • International Organizations
  • Labor Unions
  • Leaned Periodicals
  • Libraries
  • Magazines
  • Museums
  • Newspapers
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Companies
  • Radio/Television Stations
  • Religious Institutions
  • Research Institutions
  • Social Services Agencies
  • Travel Agencies

Career Paths of Recent Graduates

Related Websites

University of Oklahoma Classics & Letters Department
National Committee for Latin & Greek
Forbes.com on the important of an education in the Classics
Classics Majors Find Their Futue in the Past
What To Do With a Classics Degree