What Can I Do with This Major?

As our mission states, a degree in classics from UNC Asheville provides a foundation for diverse paths including graduate study, secondary school teaching, the law and other professional careers. People trained in classics can be found in many areas of endeavor, including editing and publishing, museum studies, conservation studies, journalism, and invention. Visit the What Can I Do with This Major? website to learn more. The UNC Asheville Career Center also provides support and resources to help you land your dream job.

Notable Classics Students

Many well-known people studied classics, and the variety of careers and accomplishments they represent speak to the possibilities. Here are a few, mostly borrowed from the list published at www.promotelatin.org:

  • Mark Zuckerberg, inventor of Facebook
  • Jack McGeary, Washington Nationals baseball player
  • Jerry Brown, governor of California
  • Toni Morrison, author and winner of Nobel Prize for Literature-1993
  • Lynn Sherr, correspondent, ABC-TV's "20-20"
  • James Baker, former Secretary of State
  • Ted Turner, founder of CNN, Turner Broadcasting, TNT, etc.
  • Robert Graves, poet
  • Willa Cather, teacher, journalist, critic, and author
  • Rita Mae Brown, animal enthusiast and author
  • W.E.B. DuBois, sociologist, co-founder of NAACP, and author
  • William Cohen, Secretary of Defense during Clinton administration
  • Gerda Lerner, pioneer in teaching women's history and author
  • Chuck Geschke, former CEO and co-founder of Adobe Systems
  • Sigmund Freud, pioneer in psychoanalysis and author
  • Jane Addams, social worker, founder of Hull House, winner of Nobel Peace Prize-1931
  • Betty Friedan, founder of the National Organization of Women (NOW) and author
  • Anne Carson, Canadian poet and scholar
  • Nancy Vickers, president of Bryn Mawr College
  • Friedrich W. Nietzsche, philosopher and author
  • Teller of Penn and Teller, magicians
  • J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels
  • Ruth Padel, poet and non-fiction author
  • Martha Lane Fox, British entrepreneur and technology advocate
  • Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media
  • Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse novels