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Classical Studies

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in Classical Studies
Classical Studies Web Sites
Graduate School Information


The Department of Classical Studies offers courses in the languages, literatures, history, and archaeology of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, two cultures that are the intellectual, social, political, legal, scientific, and artistic origin of Western civilization.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable excel spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Classical Studies alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Classical Studies major at Brandeis.

Classical Studies Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Classical Studies major at Brandeis.

2012 ​​​​​Rosov Consulting ​Communications and Project Assistant Communications
2012 EMC Global Program Managent Information Technology and Services
2012 USC Shoah Foundation Holocaust Testimony Indexer Museums
2010 Center for Conflict Management/ ​
United States Institute of Peace
Senior Program Assistant Conflict Management
2009 Jewish Community Day School of the Greater Boston Area ​Fifth grade teacher and advisor Education
2008 ​​MaidPro ​Marketing Account Manager Marketing and Advertising
2007 Kesher Newton Executive Director Non-Profit
2007 ​Arutz Sheva - Israel National News Web Writer Journalism
2006 U.S. Department of State Justice Advisor Legal Services
2006 Irwin Entertainment ​Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs Law
2005 Federal Reserve Board Supervisory Financial Analys Legal Services


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Classical Studies (.pdf)

  Classical Studies Web Sites

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Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge  

Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities, and knowledge  that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.


  • Group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Theories and principals about different philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • Historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Communication and information dissemination techniques and methods
  • Leadership and coordination of people and resources
  • Esthetics, cultural trends and history of ideas

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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