Using your training

An undergraduate or graduate degree in Classics or Ancient Studies is excellent preparation for many careers. Our graduates have found success in a wide range of fields, including science, business, law, medicine, and academia. Within six months of graduation, 100% of reporting 2017 graduates had secured opportunities. 

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Careers After Classics

Doctor, Lawyer, Grant Writer: What can a degree in Classics do for you? Three WashU alums share how their Classics degree gave them a leg up in their career field.

How to become a Latin Teacher

If you want to teach in a private school:

  • Major in Classics, taking as much Latin as possible. An MA is not required but often gives a “leg up” when looking for jobs.
  • N.B.: As a WashU Undergraduate, you can complete an MA in Classics in one year if you take the right courses (including advanced Greek courses and Classics 502 or 510) as an undergraduate.

If you want to teach in a public school:

  •  Major in Classics, taking as much Latin as possible (number of credits required varies from state to state; in Missouri it is 30 hours).
  •  Complete a teaching certification program. 


Teaching certification options:

  • Complete a degree in Secondary Education together with your BA in Classics through the WashU Department of Education. Be sure to visit with an advisor in education as soon as possible.
  • Continue after your BA for an MAT in Classics at Washington University. This will get you a great start, but note that it is expensive.
  • Complete an MAT at another university. There are a number of good programs in various parts of the country. Among the best are the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and the University of Georgia (includes summer and online programs). Some of these programs have financial aid available.
  • Some states offer teaching certification to students who have completed the Teach for America Program.





Funding options:

Fulfilling the requirements for certification can be expensive.  There are, however, a number of sources of funding. You should definitely take advantage of these if you plan to teach. Here are some of the sources:


Finding a job:

Don’t be shy about contacting specific schools where you might want to teach. The following placement services can help you hook up with schools:

Additional Resources on the Web:



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    I look back on the education I received in the Department of Classics at Washington University with much gratitude, because it formed the basis for my entire subsequent career ... thanks to the wonderful combination of very high standards and a very supportive environment, my language skills went from zero to pretty good, good enough for me to get into a top-rated graduate program.

    ―James B. Rives, PhDKenan Eminent Professor, Dept. of Classics, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill