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Department ofClassics

Transferable Skills

Greek students analyzing paradigms

Greek students analyzing paradigms.

The study of Classics is a rigorous academic program that enables the development of sharp analytical and critical thinking skills, along with a comprehensive understanding of language and an appreciation for art and culture. Research and writing skills are also paramount. Below you will find a representative sample of various types of marketable skills and abilities you stand to gain from taking Classics courses, all of which will help you in a variety of careers:

1) Research

  • Gathering information utilizing proper methodologies
  • Using a variety of resources
  • Applying theoretical approaches to problems
  • Defining problems
  • Analyzing data and evaluating results
  • Summarizing and presenting information

2) Critical Thinking

  • Approaching problems from diverse perspectives
  • Avoiding simplistic conclusions
  • Perceiving patterns and structures
  • Reading critically, with an attention to detail
  • Thinking independently

3) Communication

  • Language skills and precision
  • Increased vocabulary
  • Writing effectively
  • Conveying complex information in an effective and convincing manner
  • Speaking to and debating with groups
  • Presenting research findings

4) Human Relations

  • Understanding human relationships
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the origins of western culture
  • Appreciation of human history and development
  • Identifying cultural/social considerations
  • Comparing cultures

5) Pragmatics and Organization

  • Time management and self-motivation to complete projects independently
  • Collaboration and teamwork to advance a common project or purpose
  • Computer Literacy (experience in using databases and search engines; creation of spreadsheets and visual presentations; how to write professional emails, etc.)

And these are only a few; the University of Cambridge has also put together a comprehensive list of all the skills and abilities you can acquire as a Classics student (and how!).