What can I do with a Classics degree?

Studying the Classics provides excellent foundational knowledge for a number of different fields. Several well known figures have had their start in the Roman and Greek worlds:

  • J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter, minored in Classics at Exeter University
  • Sir Anthony James Leggett, 2003 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics, majored in Classics at Balliol College, Oxford
  • Tom Hiddleston, actor (Loki in The Avengers), graduated with First Honors in Classics from the University of Cambridge
  • Jerry Brown, California governer, majored in Classics at Berkely
  • Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, graduated with First Honours in Latin and Greek from the University of London
  • Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe, majored in Classics at Xavier University
  • Jonathan Martin, NFL player, majored in Classics at Stanford University
  • Gough Whitlam, former Prime Minister of Australia, majored in Classics at the University of Sydney
  • J.R.R Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, studied Classics at Oxford
  • Rita Mae Brown, author and feminist, studied Classics at NYU
  • Karl Marx, philosopher and political thinker, studied Clasiscs and earned a Ph.D. for a dissertation on ancient Greek philosophy
  • James Baker, former U.S. Secretary of State, majored in Classics at the University of Sydney
  • C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, studied Classics at Oxford University