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TODAY'S CHALLENGES demonstrate the need for leaders and managers who take words and ideas seriously, who are capable of looking outside of their own cultural and historical assumptions and approaching problems from every angle, and whose choices are informed by long-term perspectives and a concern for the judgment of posterity.

The study of Classics has long been recognized as among the most demanding academic programs and an excellent preparation for a wide range of professions and careers.


"Classical Studies are excellent preparation for a student who wishes to study law.  I would have no hesitation in recommending that a student pursue Classical Studies in preparation for law school."

--L. Ray Patterson, former Dean,
Emory University School of Law


Click here for a conversation with a GVSU Classics alumna about her experiences in law school.

Classics graduates have careers in fields as varied as writing or publishing, teaching at the university or secondary level, law, business, medicine, communications, the ministry, library or museum work, government service, and anywhere else where a strong and solid liberal arts education is valued.


"Classical languages on a transcript indicate seriousness of purpose and true devotion to a rigorous program of study."

 --Fred Zuker, Vice President and Dean of Student Services, University of Dallas


A degree in Classics does not limit a student to a single career track. Instead, it opens doors to many wide and exciting possibilities.

Our students have the opportunity for internships in a variety of fields, which will offer them significant career experience even as they continue their undergraduate study.


"Latin trains abstract thinking, provides a key to all modern Romance languages, is a model for interdisciplinary study (language, history, culture), and can be a lot of fun."

--Michael C. Behnke, Vice President for Enrollment, University of Chicago



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