Classical Language & Literature Studies
The study of Classics has the longest and most prestigious history of any of the modern academic disciplines. In fact, the history of the university is intimately connected to the study of the ancient Greeks and Romans—a Major in Classics was the only major offered at most early European universities. Whether one was to become a doctor, lawyer or statesman, students studied the Classics. A firm grounding in the Classics is still an excellent foundation for many professions. In addition, through your study of the ancient world, you will gain unique insight into the forces of history, art, culture, law, politics and the role Classical culture plays in each of them.
With a degree or a minor in Classics from Texas Tech, students are well prepared to study law, to teach and to enter a variety of other positions in academia, government and the private sector. Prospective employers and graduate school admission officers know and respect the breadth of knowledge and critical acumen that distinguishes those with a background in the Classics.
As a student of the Classics at Texas Tech, you will acquire and develop a set of transferable and interdisciplinary critical skills unparalleled in other disciplines. Classics is currently the major correlated with the highest LSAT scores and students from our program have recently entered Harvard and UT Law Schools. Others have gone on to further study in prestigious universities worldwide (Harvard, Monash, St. Andrews, Stanford, Virginia) and a variety of positions in High School teaching, education, library and information technology and museum curator-ship. Classics remains a discipline of genuine intellectual distinction that can open doors to stimulating and rewarding jobs and positions of influence and responsibility in society at large.
In Kiplinger's recent study, Best College Majors for a Lucrative Career 2019, Classics is ranked #16 overall, beating out many STEM and business oriented majors. It is also one of only two Humanities majors to make the top 25.
The study of ancient Greek and Roman languages and culture prepares one very well for the job market and for a fulfilling career. As Kiplinger notes, ''the level of critical thinking and research skills required to do it is highly marketable in a wide range of industries." Most people who hold a BA in Classics also "report high levels of meaning in their careers." They feel that the work that they do "makes the world a better place."
For More Information
- Please contact Dr. Sydnor Roy for information and assistance concerning Classics undergraduate majors and minors.
- Please contact Dr. Donald Lavigne for information and assistance concerning Classics graduate work.
- For additional assistance with both areas, you can contact Carla Burrus, CMLL Graduate Program Coordinator.