Why should I study history, literature, and philosophy? What's the point of learning about stuff that happened two thousand years ago? Why should I bother to learn a foreign language, especially a dead one?

Generally, the answers to these questions focus on the lofty goals of broadening your horizons, learning for learning's sake, appreciating the great achievements of antiquity. Indeed, these goals are well worth achieving, but there are also many practical reasons for pursuing a degree in Classics or Letters.

The questions you should ask are:

The answer to all of these questions is simple: employers hire people who can communicate effectively, solve problems, learn from their successes and failures, and take leadership roles. A degree in Classics or Letters shows a prospective employer that you have those attributes and have developed them through a rigorous course of study.

For centuries, Classics formed the core of the Liberal Arts curriculum at institutions of higher education. Indeed, the first faculty member to be hired at OU was a classicist. The reasons for this emphasis on antiquity are many, but they all revolve around the fact that the ancient Greeks and Romans led the world for ages in art, architecture, biology, law, literature, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, physics and just about every other discipline imaginable.

It should not be a surprising that our graduates have gone on to careers in law, medicine, education, science, politics, and business.

To put it briefly, a degree in Classics or Letters does not prepare you for a job in a single, narrow field. It prepares you for the rest of your life.

If you are wondering what careers are available to a Classics or Letters major, consider this list, provided by OU's Career Services. It is just a sample of the fields that are open to you:

Career Titles for Classics & Letters Majors

Business Consultant Administrator
HR Representative Development Officer
Import/Export Representative Intelligence Specialist
International Relations Specialist Lobbyist
Business Manager Media Specialist
Marketing Research Analyst Program Coordinator
Public Relations Representative Public Information Officer
Stockbroker Public Policy Analyst
Tour Planner/Guide Business Administrator
Translator/Interpreter Educator
Biographer International Business Executive
Copy Writer Lawyer
Foreign Correspondent Doctor
Journalist Theologian
Literary Agent Public Administrator
Script Writer Information Architect
Cataloger Archivist
Curator Museum Staff Director
Secondary Teacher Corporate Trainer

Also, check out these links for more ideas:

If you are interested in a degree in Classics or Letters, please visit our programs page to find out more about our majors and minors.