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What is Classics?

Classics is the study of languages, culture, history, and thought of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. Through this major, you will develop strong analytical and communication skills. The major also has an option for teaching if you would like to teach Latin. As a Classics student, you’ll study:

  • Literature (including epic, drama, and historical writing)
  • History and archaeology of the Greek and Roman Mediterranean
  • Philosophy and linguistics

You can choose from five concentrations:

  • Classical Archaeology
  • Classical Civilization
  • Classics
  • Greek
  • Latin


Career Options

  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Research
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

60% employed after graduation

25% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$42,419 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Hauswirth/CO, Crane Alley, Byline Bank View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Yale University, Loyola University Chicago View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

24 - 30 ACT score

1170 - 1450 SAT score

3.26 - 3.80 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.4 years to degree

95% freshman retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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