Why Classics?

Despite what others may tell you, Classics and Ancient History is not merely a discipline reserved for the privileged, largely white population, or for those introverts who aim to hole themselves up in an office researching for the rest of their lives.

Through the study of ancient languages, linguistics and textual criticism, Classics students develop intense analytical skills. Our involvement with a range of disciplines such as history, philosophy and art criticism, requires our minds to be constantly open to new ideas, encouraging mental versatility.

There are major benefits in studying Classics. But don’t take our word for it, see below for a compilation of impressive members of our society who survive (or once survived) as examples of individuals who benefited from a Classics degree.

Did you know author J.K. Rowling had a degree in Classics? She was taught by eminent scholar T.P. Wiseman, whom people have speculated inspired her character of Dumbledore.

But the benefits of a Classics degree is not just limited to the humanities. According to the Princeton Review, ‘students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science.’ A similar pattern can be found in American Law schools, with Classics students far exceeding their political science, economics and pre-law graduate counterparts in academic studies.

And if C.S. Lewis, Chris Martin, Martha Kearney, Gough Whitlam, Stephen Fry, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Jefferson or Neitzsche can’t convince you, check out some of these fabulous resources we scoured:

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/courses/classics-ancient-history/six-reasons-to-study-classics-ancient-history/

https://www.thoughtco.com/the-benefits-of-learning-latin-112914

https://classics.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/final_project_0.pdf

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/20/classics-for-the-people-ancient-greeks

Folks You Didn’t Know (maybe) Had Classics Degrees