Classics is the study of the literature, art, history and philosophy of the ancient Greeks and Romans --- a transdisciplinary field that fueled the Renaissance and that has continued to provide an intellectual foundation for innovative and influential people ever since.
The BA program in international letters and cultures with a concentration in classics begins with two cores: language skills in ancient Greek or Latin (or, if the student chooses, both) and knowledge of ancient history. With that basis, students build a program to meet their needs and interests. Among the variety of topics students pursue are:
- ancient history, war, politics and economics
- literary classics such as Homer, Sophocles, Virgil and Ovid
- the archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world
- the art and architecture of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans
- the mythology and religious practices of the Greeks and Romans
- the thought of figures such as Plato, Aristotle and Lucretius
- the use of the classics in today's film, books and other media
In addition to the concentration in classics, ASU also offers a classical civilization concentration with a similar focus but different language requirements. Students should consult their advisor and choose the concentration that best meets their needs.
International Letters and Cultures (Classics) (BA)
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Graduates with a degree in the classics possess skills in research and the precise use and analysis of language. The transdisciplinary study of a culture that is very different from the modern world yet lies at the root of it also fosters the ability to view issues from many angles and to think critically about them.
As many employers are well aware, a classics graduate has the training that enables them to solve difficult puzzles, to see through obscure language and to conduct rigorous research on often ill-defined problems. These skills are prized in any field of endeavor. Classics graduates often find careers in:
- Christian ministry
- film, television and multimedia
- writing and editing (fiction, journalism, technical writing)
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||3.8%||$62,870|
|Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates||3.4%||$141,080|
|Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers||0.3%||$97,520|
|Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators||7.7%||$66,130|
|Interpreters and Translators||20%||$52,330|
|Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary||5.7%||$69,920|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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