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What do Classics majors do after graduation?
Greek and Roman Classics offers the kind of broadly based, rigorous training that can
help graduates succeed in a number of different careers. Classics majors have recently
served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, run the C.I.A., founded cable
television networks and software companies and worked as senior correspondents for
ABC News.
Recent Temple Classics majors have gone on to law school, veterinary school, graduate
school, business careers and teaching. One recently graduated from the University of
Pennsylvania Law School and is now working for Senator Toomey.
By drawing upon the varied aspects of their undergraduate experience in Classics,
students develop skills with language that help their written and oral expression, and
acquire an ability to pick up the skills needed for a particular task – a breadth of
understanding that goes beyond narrow specializing – and a curiosity that suggests the
questions which critique basic assumptions.
The Princeton Review has recently stressed that Classics is an ideal major for students
with a wide range of career aspirations, including law and medicine. Read what they say!
Did you know that "the best prospective law students read Homer?" Check out this
article, which has hard data showing that Classics majors have the highest GPAs and
LSAT scores of any group.
For a list of important, distinguished people who have studied Classics as undergraduates
and then gone on to careers in completely different areas, check out this web page!
Classics is an entire liberal arts education rolled into a single department, and, as a recent
study has proved, "Liberal Arts Grads Win Long-Term."
Career news from recent graduates:
Nikki Love has enrolled in the Post-baccalaureate program in Classics at the University
of Pennsylvania.
Lauren Faralli, a recent Temple Classics graduate, has just accepted a position as Middle
School Latin Teacher at the Haverford School.
Colin Smith will be starting a PhD program in Philosophy at the University of Kentucky
in the Fall.
Eamonn Connor entered the doctoral program in ancient history at the University of
Pennsylvania with a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship.
Alex Turock is teaching Latin at the Wyndcroft School in Pottstown.
Joseph Zehner entered the doctoral program in Classics at the University of Virginia.
Matt Watton entered the MA program in ancient philosophy at the University of Western
Jonathan Panofsky finished up his Masters Degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
from Gratz College. In August he will be beginning law school at the University of
Richmond, which named him one of their John Marshall Scholars. This honor includes a
large scholarship and a weekly seminar led by a member of the Virginia Supreme Court.
He is also giving a presentation at the Richmond Holocaust Museum in August.
Other alumni career updates
While continuing his studies in Greek philosophy in a MA program at Boston College,
Colin Smith is screening the documentary movie he wrote and produced, Resurrect Dead.
Lyndy Danvers continues to teach at Seton Hall University. She is now officially ABD at
Rutgers, and will deliver a paper on a pseudoepigraphic text from Spain at the October
Krystal McGinnis continues to work for the IRS. She is taking business courses at a local
college and studying for the GRE. She expects to enter a Master's in Historic Preservation
program at Delaware State in the spring.
Joseph Zehner is in his second year of the master's program at Texas Tech. He went on
his first archaeological dig this summer at Binchester near Durham, England--a Roman
fort. This fall he will be teaching Greek 1 and Classical Mythology while taking Greek
Lyric Poetry, Plato on Poetry, and Latin composition.
Gabby Country finished her library degree at Drexel and obtained a very good job in
Lizzie Szylejko has landed a job teaching Latin at Central High School.
Libby Torreson continues her advanced degree work in Classics at the University of
Shannon Baxter has finished her nursing degree and is employed at Paoli Hospital in
oncology and telemetry.
Nicole De Jessa is enrolled in the Classics Post-Baccalaureate Program at Penn
Tom Goodman is studying at Temple Law School.
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