Texas Tech University

Career Development and Recent Graduates

Career Development is a very important component of the Classics MA. Students are given extensive training in pedagogical techniques, as assistants in their first year, and as instructors in their second. We also offer two formal Pedagogy courses (in Language and Culture) as well as mentoring by faculty and instructors. By the time they leave the program, graduates are normally qualified to teach a variety of courses in Classical Culture and Language. For students who wish to pursue a PhD in Classics or a related discipline, we offer personalized mentoring in research methods, conference presentations, and study abroad. Most students present at least one paper at a scholarly conference (recently, SCS, CAMWS, CASUS, ASOR, etc.), while some participate in programs at the American Academy in Rome or in archaeological excavations. At least once a year, a graduate class concludes with a symposium presenting the students' research papers to the CMLL faculty and a distinguished respondent from another institution. We host a yearly workshop informing students of all the necessary steps for applying to doctoral programs.

The MA Program in Classics is designed to prepare students for vigorous academic careers in Classics and associated fields, such as archaeology and museum studies. The program provides rigorous training in the fundamentals of classical scholarship with a view to the demands of both teaching and research. Successful students develop both a broad understanding of classical languages and culture, and special expertise in diverse areas of classical studies. Our MA program provides you with scope to advance your job prospects, to deepen your understanding of themes and periods of the past, to engage more critically with debates and issues, and to develop new skills in researching, thinking, and presenting.

Our department is very proud of our graduate students and alumni. We have a 100% placement rate for M.A. degree holders seeking positions in secondary education. 

MA graduates have gone on to a variety of careers and further study at doctoral institutions including:

Law School

Harvard Law School (and Law Review)
University of Texas Law School (Deputy Editor, Law Review)
University of Tulsa Law School (Editor, Law Review)

PhD in Classics

Brown University
Case Western Reserve University
University of Colorado
Florida State University
Harvard University
University of Iowa
University of Missouri
Monash University, Australia
UNC-Chapel Hill
Ohio State University
Princeton University
St. Andrews University, Scotland
Stanford University
SUNY Buffalo
University of Washington

PhD in Comparative Literature

Purdue University
Texas Tech University
University of Georgia

PhD in Philosophy

Florida State University (2)

Another MA

Harvard Divinity School
Philosophy, Texas Tech University
History, University of Hawaii

High School Teaching

N. Carolina
Oklahoma (2)
Pennsylvania (2)
Texas (15+)

Professors at Universities

University of Otago, New Zealand
UT Tyler
UT Hardin-Baylor


Rare Books Librarian (Maryland)
Business (Texas)
Administration (Washington DC)
Church Minister
Distance Learning (Texas)

Classical Language & Literature Studies