Classical and Ancient Studies involves the study of language, literature, art and culture. History is another component that Classical and Ancient Studies college and university programs focus on. You can major in Classical and Ancient Studies and minor in complementary programs (e.g. history, psychology, literature, social sciences) to broaden your education and increase your chances of securing employment after you graduate. Types of core courses you may be required to take to graduate with Classical and Ancient Studies degrees are Foundations of World Literature, Archeology and Biblical History, Myth and Ritual and the Political Structure of the Ancient World. Additional core courses associated with Classical and Ancient Studies include Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Literature in Translation, Foundations of Philosophy and Philosophy and Rhetoric.
Research, critical thinking, data interpretation and an understanding of the Ancient Mediterranean are skills you can acquire by the time you graduate from Classical and Ancient Studies degree programs. You can also gain philosophy, debate and teaching skills. If you minor in history and education you may be able to get hired to teach history courses at secondary and postsecondary schools. Get a firm grasp of Ancient Mediterranean languages and you can also work as an interpreter or translator.
Bachelor of Arts in Classical and Ancient Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History and a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History and Archaeology are types of undergraduate degrees you can get as a Classical and Ancient Studies major. Graduate degrees available at accredited colleges and universities include a Master of Arts with a concentration in Classical and Ancient Studies, Master of Arts in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History and a Doctorate in Classics with concentration in Ancient History.
If you decide to work as a social scientist or historian you can expect jobs in your occupation to grow by 11 percent from 2008 through 2018 according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Get hired as an interpreter and/or translator and you can expect jobs in your occupation to grow by 22 percent from 2008 through 2018. Working in large areas like New York and California can improve your job opportunities as an interpreter and/or translator. Furthermore, when it comes to salaries, historians earned a median annual income of $54,530 as of May 2008, and interpreters and translators earned a median annual income of $38,850.