One of the great benefits of a liberal arts education is the range of pursuits for which it prepares students. Our students go on to a wide range of careers: medicine, journalism, architecture, farming, business, banking, music, and the art and museum worlds. Indeed, one former student when asked “What can you do with a Classics major?” replies, “Anything.”
Many students teach for at least a few years after Middlebury. Nation-wide there is great demand for teachers of Latin at the secondary level, and so those of our majors who study more than a minimum of the language are well-positioned to start good employment right after college. (It is far more difficult, alas, to find a job teaching Greek.) Some of them subsequently go on to other occupations, but many stay and enjoy long and happy careers in secondary-school education.
Along with teaching, academia and the law are the most common professions for our alums. Academic fields include ancient history, medieval studies, and classical archeology. In the legal world, our students routinely attend some of the country’s most prestigious law schools and go on to use their law degrees in every area from corporate law to non-profits and in every context from private practice to the Marine Corps.