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What can I do with my degree in Classics and Archaeology?

Skills gained

A graduate in Classics or Ancient History typically will have the ability to:

  • understand another culture and a complementary range of subjects such as language, literature, linguistics, philosophy, history, art and archaeology
  • command techniques and methodologies such as bibliographical and library research skills, a range of skills in reading and textual analysis, the varieties of historical method, the visual skills characteristic of art criticism, use of statistics, philosophical argument and analysis, analytical grasp of language, and skills in translation from and/or into Greek and/or Latin
  • understand a range of viewpoints and critical approaches
  • exercise reflection and critical judgment
  • gather, memorise, organise and deploy information
  • extract key elements from data and identify and solve associated problems
  • engage in analytical, evaluative and lateral thinking and to marshal argument
  • present material orally and in writing
  • work with others, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • apply language skills and IT skills

A graduate in Archaeology typically will have the ability to:

  • understand the intellectual vitality of archaeology, its theoretical basis and its relationship to other disciplines
  • appreciate the historical, social, cultural, and political context of archaeological interpretation
  • apply scholarly, theoretical, and scientific principles and concepts to archaeological problems
  • use diverse sources of evidence such as excavated, documentary, representational, observational, artefactual, environmental and scientific material
  • appreciate the importance of recovering primary data through practical experience
  • critically apply methodologies for quantifying, analysing, and interpreting primary data
  • understand the concepts and application of scientific methods used in collecting, analysing and interpreting archaeological data
  • interpret spatial data, integrating theoretical models, traces surviving in present-day landscapes, and excavation data
  • practise fieldwork and laboratory techniques
  • select and apply appropriate statistical and numerical techniques
  • marshal and critically appraise other people’s arguments
  • produce logical and structured arguments supported by evidence
  • communicate effectively both orally, visually and in writing to diverse audiences
  • use IT, information retrieval and presentation skills effectively in a variety of graphical media
  • execute research, working independently
  • collaborate effectively in a team
  • be sensitive to different cultures and deal with unfamiliar situations
  • be able to critically evaluate one’s own and others’ opinions.

Recent Classics and Ancient History graduates from the University of Pennsylvania reflect on their degree and their career path

This is not an exhaustive list of skills - you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience. You can find out more about the skills employers look for and how you can develop them here.


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Last Updated: 10/09/2019