What can I do with a CANES major or certificate?

In answer to this nerve-wracking question, CANES majors are often told “anything.” In fact, our coursework builds the critical thinking and communication skills needed to succeed in careers ranging from politics and education to business and law. But “anything” is a hard place to start a career search.

Think about what you’re learning in the classroom as well as what you’re doing each day to be a successful student; the skills you’re developing are equally important in the workplace:

  • Critical reading, reflection, and analysis
  • Proper research design and methodology
  • Expanded world view and exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking
  • Effective teamwork to advance a common project or purpose
  • Effective time-management and self-motivation to complete projects independently
  • Demonstrated writing proficiency in short & long essay format
  • Discussion and debate strategies
  • Broader knowledge of career and graduate-study options

One of the more significant skills CANES majors develop is language acquisition. Your study of Greek, Latin, or Biblical Hebrew sets you apart and demonstrates your willingness to explore and expand your understanding of history and culture. Not to mention the study of ancient languages shows discipline and perseverance.

Overall, you’ll have a wide variety of skills and talents to start you on the path to a rewarding career!

See what some of our alumni are doing

Careers for Classicists: Undergraduate Edition, published by Society for Classical Studies

How has language study helped students with their career journey?

Yusi L., current graduate student at Bryn Mawr

Michele C., “My first job in publishing was as a research assistant working on a translation of a book whose sources were primarily in post-Renaissance Greek and Latin, as well as French and Italian. I continue to use my knowledge to assist my editors in understanding Latin titles and quotations in manuscripts, as well as assisting curators in translating Latin and Greek that appear in rare prints, for example.”

Benjamin S., “In my current IT career, my undergraduate study of human languages and translation has provided a path into programming languages that are a way of translating human language into machine language.”

William M., “[T]here’s never a time when being more literate hurts, and without a doubt Latin and Greek make the more obscure corners of English easier to comprehend. For example, I am not a lawyer or accountant, but I have had to dabble in some of those areas for some of my projects since graduating…”