Recently, the SCS has focused attention on the importance on the variety of career paths pursued by those earning a Classics PhD. The Society has held a Career Networking event in 2018 and 2019 at its annual meeting, and will publish this summer a graduate student of edition of "Careers for Classicists", which will provide advice about seeking jobs inside and outside the academy. In recognition of the variety of types of employment open to Classics PhDs and in response to a request by an ad hoc group on graduate student issues, a precursor to the current Graduate Student Committee, the Career Planning and Development Committee has developed the following statement on the importance and value of many different careers. This statement has been endorsed by the SCS Board of Directors.
Statement on Career Paths for those earning the PhD in Classical Studies
The Society for Classical Studies celebrates the many careers pursued by its doctoral students, which include a widening range of positions not within the tenure-track professoriate. Classical Studies itself is a broad discipline, spacious enough for many ambitions and accomplishments. Those with doctoral degrees are employed across all levels of education and in all sectors of the economy; they choose careers beyond the professoriate for many reasons. Working in any field, classicists demonstrate the value of the study of the ancient Mediterranean world. Professionally trained classicists bring to the workplace skills, knowledge, and perspectives that transcend time, technology, and job-related issues. With their deep understanding of language, culture, and history, they are equipped to transform society with ideas that enrich and empower human life on earth. Institutions that measure the success of Classics PhD programs by the placement of doctoral students should consider holistically the value and impact of a wide variety of placements and careers.
Approved by the SCS Board, 6/6/19