Anyone doing/have done classics at uni? Maybe you can give me some advice!
I already have a degree in humanities where a significant portion of my coursework focussed on classical subjects, but it was not specifically a degree in classics. I took an additional year's training in journalism, graduated last June and have been working since then but I'm not totally satisfied. I have often thought that I'd be most suited for a career in academia and had vague plans for taking a PhD eventually.
I've been looking at classics graduate degrees and could maybe get in to one somewhere, based on my previous studies, but a part of me feels I missed out by not having done an undergraduate degree in classics (which I wanted to do, but chose humanities instead as I thought it would be more practical - stupid of me).
So should I just go back and do classics from the beginning? Is that a terrible idea? Will I go crazy having to hang out with classmates younger than me for 3-4 years? Will I regret not just getting a job and earning money or will it be worth it to eventually get a career I'm more passionate about? Or should I just try to go straight into an MLitt or MPhil?
Thanks for reading!
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- Thread Starter
- 09-03-2016 18:10
- 20-03-2016 00:52
I would say that the decision as to whether to do another undergrad or to apply for a Masters depends on a few factors.
1) Would you be able to afford to do either? Another 3-4 years of education is expensive, especially if you don't qualify for any funding
2) Would you want to spend another 3-4 years in education and end up with another BA? Would you rather use that time to gain a Masters, and start a PhD or a career somewhere?
3) Are you able to apply for a Masters and study the things you want to with your current undergrad degree?
I don't think you would feel crazy having to hang our with younger people, the age difference is barely noticeable and a lot more people are waiting till they are slightly older to start university. I think it would be worth seeing if you can get onto a Masters course that enables you to study an area of Classics you're interested in, and then move onto the career you want. Particularly if you look at a taught Masters as opposed to a research one
- Thread Starter
- 09-06-2016 11:12
Sorry it took me so long to reply! Thanks a lot for your answer, it's been really helpful I'm currently waiting to hear back about a Masters, fingers crossed!