Careers & Alumni

What can classics majors do after graduation?

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“At first, I really struggled with Latin. I was able to work with Dr. Pasco-Pranger to become much better at Latin to the point where she asked me to be one of the Latin and Greek tutors my last few semesters. That put me on the path to my current career as a high school Latin teacher! I was able to build friendships with my classmates and professors that have continued to today as we share major life events and visit regularly."

Sharon Possehl

B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Latin, minor in History (2015)

Empowered and Prepared

Our classics students become experts in the the core set of skills at the heart of our liberal arts education. These skills prepare them for careers in any economic sector. Liberal Arts is everything you (and future employers) care about most:

  • Writing and speaking with confidence and skill
  • Critical thinking 
  • Quantitative skills and data analysis
  • Celebrating human expression through the arts
  • Navigating complex moral and ethical situations
  • Engaging the power of your citizenship
  • Discovering solutions to the pressing issues facing our world

Our graduates…

... are working in many different sectors of the economy, with the largest percentages working in education, law, business and finance, STEM, community services/non-profits, and health.   

  • Latin Teacher, Picayune High School
  • Latin Teacher, Founders Classical Academy
  • Teacher, Grenada High School
  • Teacher, Episcopal Collegiate School
  • Latin Teacher, Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy
  • Latin Teacher, Trinity Christian School
  • Operations Assistant, Denver Language School
  • Web Developer, University of California-Irvine
  • Faculty, University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Dean, Loyola University Chicago
  • Faculty, Brown University
  • Faculty, Emory University
  • Law Faculty, University of Mississippi 
  • Coach, Jones County College
  • Chair and Professor, Columbus State Community College
  • Coordinator of Outreach Programs, University of Mississippi
  • Web Developer, University of California, Irvine
  • Pediatrician, UM Medical Center
  • Physician, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • English Teacher, Fulbright Association
  • Chief Judge, MS Court of Appeals
  • Associate, Baker Donelson
  • Associate, Kelly Hart & Hallman
  • Associate, Vinson & Elkins
  • Attorney, MS Attorney General’s Office
  • Policy Fellow, Barton Child Law and Policy Center
  • Self-employed Lawyer
  • Attorney, Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office
  • Attorney, MS Attorney General's Office
  • Assistant Solicitor, South Carolina Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office
  • Senior Tax Consultant, KPMG
  • Analyst, MTrade
  • Owner, Camp Brothers Real Estate
  • Financial Advisor, Rivertree Financial Planning
  • Partner, The Cotton District
  • Co-Owner, High Cotton Wine & Spirits
  • Logistics Manager, Philips Lighting
  • Owner, Oxford in Bloom
  • Manager, HEB
  • Systems Engineer, Auto Zone
  • Real Estate Manager, Larry Black & Assoc
  • Partner, Cotton District; Camp Brothers Real Estate
  • Commercial Insurance Underwriting, Hanover Insurance Co. 
  • Lifecycle Marketing Manager, Tinybeans
  • Merchandise Service Coordinator, Ulta Beauty
  • Mechanical Engineer, Raytheon
  • Chief Operating Officer, Intelligent Robotics
  • Principal Product Manager, Medtronic Spine
  • Training Manager, RelationalAI
  • Principal,
  • Public Archaeologist, Archaeological Research Institute
  • Systems Engineer, AutoZone
  • Urban Planner, Regional Planning Commission
  • Manager-Network Planning, Bellsouth
  • CEO, CompGeom
  • Lifecycle Marketing Manager, Tinybeans
  • Claims Coordinator, Nextgear Solutions
  • Software Engineer, C-Spire
  • Pastor, Hope Fellowship
  • Capital Campaign Coord, Korners Folly Foundation
  • Priest, St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Wellness Coordinator, Surterra Wellness
  • Executive Director, Alabama STEM Council
  • Site Coordinator, Red Door Jackson
  • Minister, Wade Baptist Church
  • Priest, Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Speech Language Pathologist, Presence
  • Hand Surgeon, Orthoarkansas
  • Physician, Princeton Baptist Medical Center
  • Project Test Coordinator, PathGroup
  • Patient Account Specialist, IKS Health
  • Radiologist, Lakeland Radiologists
  • Internal Medicine Resident, Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine
  • Clinical Education Coordinator, Select Medical
  • Staff, Crossroads Animal Hospital
  • Gastroenterologist, Flowers Hospital

Meet a few Alums

See some real world examples of where a Classics degree can take you.

Ty Gill

Ty Gill

Doctoral student in linguistics, University of Washington

What are you doing now?

See Ty’s Answer
Kaitlyn Molloy

Kaitlyn Molloy

Public Policy Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights

Tell us about your career after UM.

See Kaitlyn’s Answer
Douglas Ray

Douglas Ray

Educational Consultant, JPED in China

What do you see as the value of studying classics in today’s world?

See Douglas’s Answer
Alicia Dixon

Alicia Dixon

Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Navy

What is the value of the humanities in today’s world?

See Alicia’s Answer
Gabby Coggin

Gabby Coggin

Higher Education Professional, University of South Carolina

Why did you decide to major in Classics?

See Gabby’s Answer
Diane Fortenberry

Diane Fortenberry

Freelance writer and editor

What's been your career path since graduation?

See Diane’s Answer

Support Classics

Professor and student at a podium. Sign in front of podium reads: A Taste of ClassicsThe Department of Classics strives to give our students an excellent education in all facets of ancient Mediterranean studies. In addition to our regular courses, we:

  • Take field trips
  • Invite several speakers to campus each year
  • Support students in study abroad and conference travel
  • Provide students networking opportunites and preparation for graduate or professional school

If you’d like to support the Department in its work, please consider a tax deductible donation through the University of Mississippi Foundation. 

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