Some Recent Majors

Emma Clark

Graduating Class: Spring 2016
Major: Classics (Concentration in Latin) and Public Policy & Leadership; minor in Global Studies in Education
Why Classics: I chose to major in Classics because ancient roman and greek texts are so full of vivacious content and intriguing syntax that they can keep me entertained forever. Classics has taught me so much about our government and society as we know it today that I feel lucky to be able to translate these masterpieces in their original form.
What's Next: Teach for America in Nashville, TN

Peter Hartwig

Graduating Class: Spring 2016
Major: Religious Studies & Classics
Why Classics: I’m studying classics in preparation for a hopeful career in academic theology. I suppose that’s not the most orthodox reason for being a classics major…or perhaps it is… Either way, I realized somewhere around my senior year of high school that a good basis in classics was invaluable for handling sacred texts. So here I am!
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: We have an amazing faculty! They’re geniuses. They’re also nice, and they actually want to have a relationship with their students. Oh—and, of course, the Constantine Library.

Jared "Jake" Love

Graduating Class: Spring 2016
Major: Classics (Latin)
Why Classics: Since high school, I have always loved studying the Latin language. While many students are put off by the complexities of studying ancient texts, the faculty at UVa have taught me that the reward for undertaking this challenge is far greater than the frustration that it often coincides with.
What's Next: In the Fall of 2016 I plan on entering Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Mark Lundy

Graduating Class: Spring 2016
Major: Classics (Latin) DMP
Why Classics: Nerd alert! I just love grammar so much. There's nothing I'd rather study than ancient languages, and it's wonderful to be part of such a small, cohesive department full of like-minded students and professors.
What's Next: Wandering the earth, perhaps organic farming somewhere.

Rachel Makarowski

Graduating Class: Spring 2016
Major: Classics (Latin) and Medieval Studies
Why Classics: There is such a variety that comes with learning about the Classics. I've learned a little bit of everything, including linguistics and the culture of the ancient world. Plus, Classics makes understanding the happenings in other languages much easier to understand.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: The people in the department: everyone is so willing to help out if need be and are fascinating to talk with because they have such a wide range of interests and passions.
What's Next: Graduate school in Library Science at Indiana University.

Kevin Oberlies

Graduating Class: Spring 2016
Major: Classics (Latin), Economics
Why Classics: Latin has always been a passion of mine, and I was so excited to come to UVA and find that our Classics Department offered such interesting classes.
What's Next: I hope to stay involved in college basketball, but I'd love to see if I can fit in some Latin teaching somewhere in the future.

Ellen Payne

Graduating Class: Spring 2016
Major: Classics (Latin) and Linguistics
Why Classics: I’m primarily interested in the historical side of Linguistics - how and why languages change. Studying Latin and Greek has provided me with a strong foundation for applications particularly in the Indo-European language family.
What's Next: Teaching Latin at Oakcrest School in McLean, Virginia.

Sam Reid

Graduating Class: Spring 2016
Major: Classics - Greek
Why Classics: I'm interested in studying the New Testament in Greek, and so I decided to round out my knowledge of the Greek language and culture by majoring in it.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: The small class sizes and passion of the professors.
What's Next: Master's in Religion at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Anna Smith

Graduating Class: Spring 2016
Major: Classics (Latin)
Why Classics: In what other discipline can you study language, philosophy, literature, culture, art, religion, politics...and all at the same time? The ancients wanted to be remembered and honored, and diving into their lives by studying Classics is the best way to do it. Plus, the languages have given me a greater appreciation and understanding of English.
What's Next: Campus missionary/minister for 2 years before teaching high school Latin

Matthew Diem

Graduating Class: Spring 2015
Major: English and Classics (Latin)
Why Classics: I have long held an interest in Latin (and to a lesser degree Greek) as the root of many European languages, something that seems especially important now that I have begun to study the Middle Ages, and I have come to recognize ancient literature and history as similarly foundational.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: The excellent faculty.
What's Next: English PhD program, University of North Carlolina at Chapel Hill.

Franklin Ewing

Graduating Class: Spring 2015
Major: Classics (Latin)
Why Classics: Studying Classics provides an interesting look into many facets of Western civilization that would otherwise go unnoticed and unappreciated.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: The Constantine Library.
What's Next: Pursuing an MD at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Allison Gray

Graduating Class: Spring 2015
Major: Classics (Latin) and Psychology
Why Classics: I have been fascinated by the culture and language since I was first introduced in middle school.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: Small classes and wonderful faculty!
What's Next: Human Development and Family Studies Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University.

T. Henley Hopkinson

Graduating Class: Spring 2015
Major: Classics (Latin) and English
Why Classics: Nothing gets me going like Latin grammar.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: To read Latin on the Lawn is simultaneously the stuff of austerity and whimsy.
What's Next: Teaching Fellow at Bryanston School in Dorset, U.K.

Julia Meadows

Graduating Class: Spring 2015
Major: Classics (Greek)
Why Classics: I have taken Latin since seventh grade and it slowly grew on me -- the ancient texts we get to read are the best part.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: The opportunity to study abroad in Rome.
What's Next: Sevice year with City Year (an AmeriCorps program) in Orlando, Florida.

Heather Mui

Graduating Class: Spring 2015
Major: Classics (Latin) and Economics
Why Classics: I love seeing the lasting influence of the ancient world on the modern world. It's as if I have been admitted to a secret club with special knowledge.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: The people. :)
What's Next: I have moved on from the Trinity Fellows Program and am pursuing my Masters in Bilingual Special Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.