What Types of Jobs Can You Get With a Classical Studies Major?

by Terri Williams
Classical studies experts help preserve ancient works of art and history.

Classical studies experts help preserve ancient works of art and history.

Students who major in classical studies focus on the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome -- and some colleges include studies of the wider Mediterranean region. Specialization areas may include ancient languages, history, philosophy, literature or art. For classical studies majors who master this field of study, there are many interesting career options.

High School Latin Teachers

Classical studies majors who enjoy educating others may pursue a career as a high school Latin teacher. These individuals instruct students in reading and interpreting Latin, while examining historical perspectives. In addition to a classical studies degree, a state teaching certificate is also required to teach in public high schools, according to Indiana University. However, some private schools do not have this stipulation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median annual salary for high school teachers is $52,230.

Writers and Authors

Another way for classical studies majors to share their wealth of knowledge is through a career as a writer or author. These individuals have a range of options to choose from. They can write articles for newspapers, magazines and websites, in addition to serving as subject matter experts writing for radio and television broadcasts, and the motion picture industry. According to the BLS, the median annual salary for writers is $55,420.


Classical studies majors can bring ancient languages to life through a career as a translator. By converting information from one language to another, they bridge the gap from ancient literature to modern English. Much of the English language is derived from Latin, and translations of this language are particularly popular since they provide a perspective of our language’s origins. The median annual salary for translators is $43,300, according to the BLS.

Museum Curators

The preservation of ancient works of art and history is the primary concern of museum curators. By storing, restoring and exhibiting collections of historical significance, they safeguard and care for these priceless items to ensure present and future generations will be able to enjoy and learn from these items. The BLS reports that the median annual salary for museum curators is $42,310.

About the Author

Terri Williams began writing professionally in 1997, working with a large nonprofit organization. Her articles have appeared in various online publications including Yahoo, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report University Directory, and the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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