Emory Classics

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

What can I do with a Classics major?
Our students pursue a wide variety of careers following graduation. Some pursue careers directly related to Classics through museum work or through teaching. There is considerable demand now for Latin teaching and tutoring, and many of our students, even those who do not intend to pursue teaching as a permanent career, spend some time teaching. Many of our students are pre-professional. Classics, with its emphasis on close reading and analysis, critical thinking and careful writing, is excellent training for professional programs in law, medicine and business, is widely recognized as a rigorous discipline, and can help to distinguish students applying to professional schools from those pursuing more common majors. Other graduates of our program have pursued opportunities with research firms or in publishing or in creative writing
. Like many other liberal arts programs, Classics offers essential training in skills essential to many different professions and careers and spurs the kind of imaginative thinking and initiative that allows students to define their own course in life.the world.

Classics degrees do lead to future employment.

The data are in! Students majoring in liberal arts subjects (like Classics) as undergraduates are "on average making more money [than] those who studied in professional and pre-professional fields and are employed at similar rates," says a new long-term study. The report, How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment, strongly argues for the value of a liberal arts degree and allays concerns about the economic value of a B.A. in Classics and other fields in the Humanities.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/01/22/see-how-liberal-arts-grads-really-fare-report-examines-long-term-data#ixzz2r9ib3YAC
Inside Higher Ed


What is the Classics Majors and Minors Learnlink Site?
This is the primary site for communication between students and faculty in the department. We post most announcements about upcoming events in the department, job opportunities, course scheduling and prize winners to the Classics Majors and Minors Learnlink conference. We try to remember to add students to the conference when they register as majors or minors, but we do sometimes forget! It is a public conference, so if you are not added when you register as a major or minor, you may be able to add yourself. If you have any trouble, please contact the department. We do expect you to be aware of what is being posted to the conference, so it is important that you have access to this information. Students who are not actually majors or minors in the department but want to have access to this information are welcome to add the conference to their desktops.

How does advising in the department work?
In general, we encourage students to choose their own advisors. You should choose someone whom you have had in class and feel comfortable with intellectually and personally. Any regular member of the faculty can serve as your advisor. Visiting faculty may also be willing, though it is probably better to get to know someone who has been around longer and who will be at Emory throughout your time here. If you have not yet chosen an advisor or your advisor is not available in a given semester, you can go to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (normally same as Department Chair). The Director of Undergraduate Studies can also assign you an advisor after discussing your interests with you. Please e-mail for an appointment.

Ideally, you should see your advisor at least once a semester, normally prior to registration. Don’t be shy about approaching faculty. This is part of their job and responsibility, and it is generally something that faculty in our department generally like to do. It is up to you toschedule an appointment; normally, the Undergraduate Advisor will post a schedule on his or her door, but it may be easiest to e-mail faculty members to schedule an appointment or to go to their posted office hours.

You should certainly see your advisor at some point in the second semester of your junior year to make sure that you are on course for completing your degree.

What opportunities are there for Study Abroad?
We encourage students to study abroad. Emory supports one program in Greece (College Year in Athens) and two in Rome (Intercollegiate Center in Athens, John Cabot). Students in the department have also gone to St. Andrews (Scotland) to study Classics. There are also many good summer programs. Watch our bulletin boards for information or contact
CIPA. You can get the name of the current Study Abroad advisor from the the Classics Majors and Minors Learnlink site (Department Positions) or from the department office.

How does the department honors program work?
If your overall GPA makes you eligible for honors, the Honors advisor should contact you in the spring of your junior year regarding the program. The primary requirement for Honors in the department is that you complete a senior thesis of sufficient quality under the direction of a faculty member in the department and defend that thesis orally before a committee of at least three faculty members. If you think you should be eligible for Honors and are not contacted, please get in touch with the Honors advisor right away. In exceptional cases, students may be able to gain access to the Honors program by petition. You can get the name of the current Honors advisor from the Classics Majors and Minors Learnlink site (Department Positions) or from the department office.

What is Eta Sigma Phi?
Eta Sigma Phi is a national honor society honoring students for their achievements in Classics. Admission is by invitation only. Students are normally invited to join upon completing Greek 102 or Latin 202 or a higher level language course with a B or better. Initiation into Eta Sigma Phi takes place once a year in the fall. Normally, officers are also elected at that time. Activities of Eta depend very much on the initiative of the Eta student leadership; the department will give financial and other kinds of support to Eta on request. You can get the name of the current Eta Sigma Phi faculty advisor from the Classics Majors and Minors Learnlink site (Department Positions) or from the department office. Eta Sigma Phi has its own Learnlink site, accessible only to initiated members.

Does the department offer prizes for outstanding students?
The department awards two language prizes annually, the McCord Latin Prize and the Reppard Greek Prize. These are normally given to the most outstanding advanced student in Greek and Latin.
The Department Classics Prize is given on an occasioanl basis to especially worthy students, typically to help defray the cost of Classics-related summer travel or study. Students are encouraged to apply directly to the department for this prize. The department selects students each year for the Classical Association of the Midwest and South's (CAMWS) Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies Awards. This prize typically goes to promising underclassmen and consists of a year's membership in CAMWS and subscription to The Classical Journal. We also participate in the Emory College Language Center’s prize awards for excellence in language learning, which recognize one student in Greek and one in Latin for their exceptional work in the languages.








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