Undergraduate Classics and Religious Studies

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Classics and Religious Studies

A major in classics and religious studies provides a wide range of courses in the languages, civilization, religions, and culture of the ancient Mediterranean world, as well as ancient and modern religions broadly conceived.


  • Classical Languages
  • Classics
  • Religious Studies

Academics + Experience = Opportunities

Complement academic preparation with experiential learning, creating more opportunities after graduation. Talk to an academic advisor and a career coach about making the most of your time at Nebraska.


Four-year success plan
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Major requirements and courses


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Transferrable Career Skills

  • Analyze and interpret difficult texts
  • Express ideas creatively
  • Interpret, compare, and contrast ideas
  • Contextualize political, social, and historical events
  • Communicate clearly using different forms of writing to and for a variety of different audiences
  • Confidently navigate complex, ambiguous projects and environments
  • Defend and discuss complex issues from multiple angles
  • Evaluate the interrelatedness of events and ideas
  • Listen actively and facilitate individual and group communication
  • Simplify complex information and present it to others


Experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences in classics and religious studies, such as:

  • Interning with the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
  • Learn more about internships
  • Studying abroad in Greece, Ireland, Italy, or Morocco
  • Learn more about education abroad
  • Serving as president of the Classics Club
  • Learn more about getting involved with student organizations


This major serves as excellent preparation for careers in any number of fields, such as law, medicine, journalism, ministry, business, and education. Depending on your chosen emphasis, this major also provides you with an excellent background to pursue graduate work in classical languages and literature, classical archaeology, ancient history, religious studies, literary scholarship, and other disciplines in the humanities.

Examples of Alumni Careers

  • Account Manager, Omaha Marketing Solutions
  • Contract Manager, Celerion
  • Field Organizer, Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
  • Judicial Clerk, Judge Riley - 8th Court
  • Latin Teacher, Omaha Public Schools
  • Marketing Assistant, Open Harvest
  • Phlebotomist, Bryan LGH
  • Software Engineer, Union Pacific
  • Special Education Elementary K-8, Teach For America

Examples of Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Master's Degree, Theological Studies, Harvard University
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Nebraska College of Law
  • Master's Degree, Divinity, Duke Divinity School
  • Seminary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Master's Degree, Classics, Colorado University
  • Master's Degree, Counseling , Doane University
  • Ph.D., History, University of Edinburgh
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Master's Degree, Education, Creighton University
Vanessa Larsen

“I took Classical Mythology as an ACE course. I found myself becoming active in the class, looking forward to doing assignments, and even doing my own research on the side. After finishing the class with an A+ and the good graces of the professor, I decided to declare a minor in classics. Once I had taken all those credits, I realized I didn't want to stop—not ever—so I switched majors.”

Vanessa Larsen

Classics and Religious Studies at Nebraska

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