The course of study that colleges and universities now call the “Classics major” has long been treasured for its transformative effect on the lives of both teacher and student. Learning Latin and Greek well requires effort and discipline. Like all challenging undertakings, it shapes character. The corpus of core literature includes frequent reflection on fundamental questions about human nature, divine nature, and the problems of civic life. This tradition still thrives at Baylor.
Although our foremost goals are transformational, the Department rejects the notion that the major is therefore esoteric or “useless”. Linear thinking dominates current discourse about education. There is a general expectation that each major should quickly evoke a specific job description. Classics offers a contrasting paradigm. Our majors cultivate a range of interconnected skills: e.g. mastery of grammar, analytical reading, critical thinking, verbal and written presentation, and the ability to examine minute details into a broad and multifaceted context. Such skills are highly desirable in graduate or professional programs and to a variety of employers. The following pages explore some of the more common directions that a Baylor Classics graduate might pursue after receiving his or her Bachelor's Degree.