What Can I Do With a Major In Biblical Studies & Classics?

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Explore the Major

Learn more about multiple undergraduate program options offered through The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and biblical studies and classics majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include an enhanced vocabulary through the study of Latin and/or Greek, critical thinking and analysis, extensive knowledge of Greek and Roman culture and history, and of classical traditions, and knowledge of the methods by which society, culture, and language are studied.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "AIS" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Graduate Programs 

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

Classics & Philosophy

  • Master of Arts, Classics and Medieval History, University of Oxford & MLIS, Library Sciences, Dominican University. Postgrad job: Academic Editor, Walden University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, University at Buffalo
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of St. Andrew. Postgrad job: Schoolmaster, Mysville Academy

Biblical Studies & Theology

  • Master of Divinity, Candler School of Theology. Postgrad Job: Associate Rector, Christ Episcopal Church
  • Leadership Development Institute, Church Planter Resident at Hope Community Church, Biblical Studies and Leadership. Postgrad job: Lead Pastor, Revolution Church

Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Algebra Teacher, Teach for America
  • Office Specialist, Hennepin County Library
  • Librarian, Minneapolis College of Design

Experienced

  • Student Services Manager, Achievement First

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts, Education. Post grad job: Academic Advisor, Carlson School of Management
  • Master's Degree, Education, Teaching Second Languages and World Cultures-Latin, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 
  • Post grad job: Upper School Latin Teacher, St. Margaret's Episcopal School
Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Law Clerk, Hennigson & Snoxell Ltd.
  • Information Resources Assistant, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly

Graduate Programs

  • JD, Tulane University Law School. Postgrad job: Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • JD, University of Minnesota Law School. Postgrad job: Attorney, Ross, Dixon, & Bell Associates
  • JD, University of Minnesota Law School. Postgrad job: Associate Attorney, Sieloff & Associates P.A
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Government Sales Intern, Cummins Crosspoint
  • Case Manager, Cap Pro Insurance Agency Services Inc

Entry-Level

  • Casualty Claim Adjuster, American Family Insurance

Experienced

  • Account Executive, Bank of America
  • Financial Paraplanner, Eide Bailly LLP
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Mentor Staff, YMCA
  • Volunteer Coordinator, The Kabbalah Centre Miami

Experienced

  • Publishing Editor, The Kabbalah Centre

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.