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Classical & Ancient Studies Major

285 yearly degrees
#319 in popularity
$66,000 median salary

Classical and ancient studies is a major that typically falls into the Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in classics, 67 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 9 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 9 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Classics Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 200 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in classical and ancient studies in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 57.9% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of classics majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 7.5%
  • Black or African American: 2.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 7.1%
  • White: 71.3%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 3.3%
  • Other Races: 8.8%
Classical & Ancient Studies Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in classics. About 3.3% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending classics majors to the U.S. are China, Italy and Canada.

What Will You Learn as a Classical & Ancient Studies Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to classics to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Classics Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Classical & Ancient Studies Majors

Skills for Classics Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to classics:

Important Skills for Classical & Ancient Studies Majors

Abilities for Classics Majors

As you progress with your classics degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for classics Majors

What Can You Do With a Classics Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with classics:

Careers Related to Classical & Ancient Studies
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary




Classical & Ancient Studies Major Salary

Average salaries range from $66,000 to $66,000 for careers related to classics. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Classics Major  ( 66000 to 66000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Classical & Ancient Studies Major Jobs

Some careers associated with classics require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to classics have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Classical & Ancient Studies
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Classical & Ancient Studies Programs

There are 67 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in classical and ancient studies, with 1 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Classical & Ancient Studies Major Worth It?

The median salary for a classics grad is $66,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 71% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $549,600 after 20 years!

classical and ancient studies salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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