Classical and Medieval Studies

What Can I Do With a Major in Classical & Medieval Studies?

The program is distinctive in linking the study of classical antiquity with that of the medieval worlds and distinctive in its scope. It embraces as classical antiquity the ancient Mediterranean and the ancient Near East, including North Africa, Crete, and Sicily, as well as the many cultures that composed “Greece” and “Rome.” The medieval world includes Islamic and Viking civilizations as well as the great cathedral builders of northern Europe and the full extent of the Byzantine Empire and its border states. Students are encouraged to study abroad in selected programs in order to appreciate the material aspects of these diverse cultures. The program aims to be truly interdisciplinary, integrating the perspectives of history, literature, philosophy, religion, the environmental sciences, art, architecture, archeology, and other material culture.

-Bates Department of Classical and Medieval Studies

Related Careers

Classics majors typically offer employers impressive skills in research, writing and logical reasoning and analytical thinking. As evidenced by the list below, studying classics opens doors to careers in   museums, politics/policy, marketing and  communications, law, medicine and             information technology, as well as advanced academic research and teaching. Undergraduate study in classics underscores an interest in problem solving and hard work, which are key qualities employers in very  diverse fields value.


  • Maine Historical Society
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Osher Map Library
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Joe Kennedy Campaign for U.S. Congress
  • Triad Consulting Group
  • WorldView Solutions (GIS Intern)
  • Nautilus Exploration Program (science intern)