Careers in Classics

Classics provides a wide scope of study that includes historical, political, literary, artistic, sociological, philosophical and archaeological dimensions. 

What can you do with a degree in classics?

Students of classics develop highly sought-after skills in the areas of research, critical thinking, communication and human relations. Our coursework includes multiple opportunities for hands-on experience both in Buffalo and abroad. 

The undergraduate degree provides an excellent basis for graduate school or careers in the arts, business, communications, public relations, publishing and social work. The master's or doctoral-level degrees prepare students to become university professors, archivists, researchers, archaeologists and secondary school teachers, or to serve as consultants to arts, government and non-profit organizations.

Student Testimonials

"From day one, graduate students in Classics teach, quickly learning how to organize their schedules to accommodate class prep, coursework and research. I also developed strong friendships with many of the graduate students and faculty in the department, which helped to ensure that the stress never got too overwhelming. I will miss being at Buffalo, but am grateful for the preparation I received as I move into the next stage of my career."
– Scott Gallimore, PhD '11

Careers for Classicists:

  • Academia
  • Archaeology
  • Archival Work
  • Arts Management
  • Auction House Appraisal
  • Civil Service
  • Information Technology/Media
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Museum Curation
  • Politics
  • Publishing
  • Secondary School Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Theatre and Performing Arts

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