College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


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 two concentrations:

  • Classical Languages
  • Classical Civilizations

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

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Tuition has not yet been determined for this program.