Careers in Classical Studies

A classical education opens the path to fame and riches for you.

You think we are joking?

Have a look at the "classical careers" of these more or less famous people who were all trained in Greek and Latin.

Willamette University's own Classics graduates may not be rich and famous yet (after all, our Classics program was only re-started in 1998), but they are all doing quite well, as you can see here.

Classical Careers

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    L. Jane Addams

    Social activist, Born: September 6, 1860 in Cedarville, IL, Died: May 31, 1935 in Chicago, IL
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    James A. Baker III

    Politician, Born: April 28, 1930 in Houston, TX
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    Benjamin C. Bradlee

    Journalist, Born: August 26, 1921 in Boston, MA
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    Jerry Brown

    Politician, Born: April 7, 1938 in San Francisco, CA
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    Rita Mae Brown

    Novelist, poet, screenwriter, and activist, Born: November 28, 1944, in Hanover, Pennsylvania
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    Willa Cather

    Social activist, Born: December 7, 1873 near Winchester, VA, Died: April 24, 1947 in New York, NY
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    Raymond Chandler

    Author & screenwriter, Born: August 28, 1888 in Chicago, IL, Died: March 26, 1959 in La Jolla, CA
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    Henry Roe Cloud

    Native American educator and activist, Born: December 28, 1884 on the Winnebago Reservation in Northeast Nebraska, Died: February 9, 1950 in Siletz, Oregon
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    William S. Cohen

    Politician, Born: August 28, 1940 in Bangor, ME
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    Bing Crosby

    Harry "Bing" Crosby, Popular singer & actor, Born: May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, WA, Died: October 14, 1977 near Madrid, Spain
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    Colin Dexter

    Author, Born: September 29, 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK
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    Lian Dolan

    Radio talk show host, Born: 1966
  • Image of W.E.B. DuBois

    W.E.B. DuBois

    Sociologist and social activist, Born: February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, MA, Died: August 27, 1963 in Accra, Ghana
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    Angie Reed Garner

    Artist, Born: 1969 in Lexington, KY
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    Charles "Chuck" Geschke

    Computer entrepreneur, Born: September 11, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Porter J. Goss

    Politician and former director of the CIA, Born: December 10, 1938 in Waterbury, CT
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    Alex Horne

    British stand-up comedian, Born: September 10, 1978, from Sussex, UK.
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    David Karp

    Fruit detective (journalist & photographer), Born: in New York, NY
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    Jim Manzi

    Former CEO of Lotus Development Corp., Born: 1952
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    Karl Marx

    Journalist, political economist, philosopher, Born: May 5, 1818 in Trier, Germany, Died: March 14, 1883 in London
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    Toni Morrison

    Author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1993), Born: 1931
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    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Philosopher, Born: October 15, 1844 in Röcken, Prussian Province of Saxony, Germany, Died: August 25, 1900 in Weimar, Germany
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    J. K. Rowling

    Joanne Kathleen "Jo" Rowling, Best-selling author and multimillionaire, Born: 1965
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    Dorothy L. Sayers

    British author, translator, and Christian humanist., British author, translator, and Christian humanist., Born: June 13, 1893 in Oxford, UK, Died: August 28, 1957 in Witham, Essex, UK
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    Carl Schurz

    German-American revolutionary, journalist, and politician, Born: March 2, 1829 in Liblar near Cologne, Germany, Died: May 14, 1906 in New York, NY
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    Lynn Sherr

    Journalist; ABC news correspondent, Born: March 4, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA
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    J. R. R. Tolkien

    Author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Born: January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Died: September 2, 1973 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England
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    Ted Turner

    Billionaire philanthropist, cattle breeder, owner of a restaurant chain, and ex-media mogul, Born: November 19, 1938 in Cincinnati, OH
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    William Weld

    Former governor of Massachusetts (1991-1997), Born: July 31, 1945 in Smithtown, NY