What do Classics Majors do after graduation?

Classics offers the kind of broadly based, rigorous training that can help graduates succeed in a number of different careers. Classics majors have recently served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, run the CIA, founded cable television networks and software companies and worked as senior correspondents for ABC News.

Recent Temple Classics majors have gone on to law school, veterinary school, graduate school, business careers, and school teaching. One of them finished Penn law School and is now working for Senator Toomey.

By drawing upon the varied aspects of their undergraduate experience in Classics, students have developed a skill with language that helps their written and oral expression, and have acquired an ability to pick up the skills needed for a particular task, a breadth of understanding that goes beyond narrow specializing, a curiosity that suggests the questions which critique basic assumptions.

The Princeton Review recently has stressed that Classics is an ideal major for students with a wide range of career aspirations, including law and medicine. Read what they say!

Did you know that "the best prospective law students read Homer?" Check out this article, which has hard data showing that Classics majors have the highest GPAs and LSAT scores of any grou. Such information is seconded by this article.

For a list of important, distinguished people who have studied Classics as undergraduates and then gone on to careers in completely different areas, check out this web page!

Classics is an entire liberal arts education rolled into a single department, and, as a recent study has proved, "Liberal Arts Grads Win Long-Term."

Actual career news of recent graduates:


Lauren Faralli, a recent Temple Classics graduate, has just accepted a position as Middle School Latin Teacher at the Haverford School.

Colin Smith will be starting a PhD program in Philosophy at the University of Kentucky in the Fall.


Eamonn Connor is entering the doctoral program in ancient history at the University of Pennsylvania with a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship.

Alex Turock will be teaching Latin at the Wyndcroft School in Pottstown.

Joseph Zehner is entering the doctoral program in Classics at the University of Virginia.

Matt Watton is entering the MA program in ancient philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.

Jonathan Panofsky is finishing up his Masters Degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Gratz College. In August he will be beginning law school at the University of Richmond, which named him one of their John Marshall Scholars. This honor includes a large scholarship and a weekly seminar led by a member of the Virginia Supreme Court. He is also giving a presentation at the Richmond Holocaust Museum in August.

Previous years

While continuing his studies in Greek philosophy in a MA program at Boston College, Colin Smith is screening the documentary movie he wrote and produced, Resurrect Dead.

Lyndy Danvers continues to teach at Seton Hall University. She is now officially ABD at Rutgers, and will deliver a paper on a pseudoepigraphic text from Spain at the October CAAS.

Krystal McGinnis continues to work for the IRS. She is taking business courses at a local college and studying for the GRE. She expects to enter a Master's in Historic Preservation program at Delaware State in the spring.

Joseph Zehner is in his second year of the master's program at Texas Tech. He went on his first archaeological dig this summer at Binchester near Durham, England--a Roman fort. This fall he will be teaching Greek 1 and Classical Mythology while taking Greek Lyric Poetry, Plato on Poetry, and Latin composition.

Gabby Country finished her library degree at Drexel and obtained a very good job in Virginia.

Lizzie Szylejko has landed a job teaching Latin at Central High School.

Libby Torreson continues her advanced degree work in Classics at the University of Minnesota.

Shannon Baxter has finished her nursing degree and is employed at Paoli Hospital in oncology and telemetry.

Nicole De Jessa is enrolled in the Classics Post-Baccalaureate Program at Penn

Tom Goodman is studying at Temple Law School.

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