Our M.A. graduates are engaged in an amazing variety of careers! Here are their own descriptions of some of the paths they have taken.
E. Del Chrol
My two years at UMD in Classics were some of the most difficult and rewarding of my life. On the one hand, I received a thorough renovation of my Greek and Latin, a renovation that prepared me for doctoral work; on the other, I was trained to teach, and I have achieved great success pursuant to that training, namely 14 teaching awards and multiple teaching positions. Maryland Classics prepared me for my future career, taught me the importance of hard work and the relevance of our field for the modern world, and introduced me to friends and colleagues I have kept close to this day.
After graduating with my M.A. in 1997, I taught Latin, History and Public Speaking at The Academy of Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland. I also taught in the Honors Program of George Washington University and at University of Maryland. From 1999-2006 I pursued my Ph.D. at the University of Southern California where I did a dissertation entitled “Countercultural Responses to the Crisis of Elite Masculinity in Late Republican Rome”. During my time there I also excavated at Despotiko, Greece for two summers, taught English to Students of Other Languages, and picked up Olympic-style Fencing. In 2006 I took a position at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. In the past seven years, I helped found the Sexuality Studies program, earned tenure, and am now chair of both the Department of Classics and of the Sexuality Studies program. We have our own M.A. program, and we are modifying our curriculum to be more like Maryland’s. Maryland Classics’ M.A. program was intense but essential to my career.
"I currently serve as the Assistant Director of admissions, recruitment, orientation, and communications for the College Park Scholars program at the University of Maryland College Park.
As part of my responsibilities, I also coordinate the Scholars Ambassadors program and Communications team.
Prior to joining College Park Scholars, I worked as an academic advisor and recruitment coordinator in the department of Letters and Sciences where I worked with students who were undecided and undeclared on a major.
Before becoming a college administrator, I was a high school Latin teacher at Friendship Edison Collegiate Academy in Washington D.C. where I taught first year Latin to 10th graders.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans in 2001 and earned a Masters of Arts in Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003."
"After completing my M.A. in Classical Studies with an emphasis on women in antiquity, I began to combine my love for feminist studies and social justice by volunteering at Women Organized Against Rape.
I later returned to school to pursue an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology to integrate my passion for women's issues and empowering others.
I currently work with multi-traumatized and multi-stressed families in their homes and communities.
My experience in academia has been invaluable to me in that I have an understanding of human nature in addition to adaptability, resourcefulness, and creativity in the often fast paced demands of a community counseling center. Moreover, I am able to integrate knowledge, skills, and current research into my practice to ensure my clients are provided the best service possible.
Brian Vuolo, a 2002 MA graduate of our program, taught Latin for nine years at a series of high schools in Severn and Baltimore, Maryland before going on to study for a Masters in Accounting at Towson University. At the Cardinal Gibbons School he was also the foreign language department chair; at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland he increased enrollment in Latin by 119% and wrote five textbooks for the eighth through twelfth grade Latin curriculum.
Brian writes, “Next fall I will start working for KPMG [an international consulting firm that provides audit, tax, and management services]. I am really excited about that. All of the work in Latin, Greek and English preceding this change has been incredibly helpful. The most critical function of an accountant is in determining the substance of an economic transaction. As you can imagine, it's not always obvious what exactly is happening. The training in semantics one gets in studying a written language is fully applicable/transferable to arguments in logic, and in discerning the principal element of an economic event.”
Since earning an MA in Classics in 2001, my career path has been very much influenced by the education and experience I received in the Department of Classics at the University of Maryland. After graduating, I was hired as an editor at Ad Fontes, a publisher of full-text, searchable digital libraries of rare, historical documents from the 15th to 17th centuries, primarily written in Latin.
My strong knowledge of Latin from my coursework at the University of Maryland was crucial to my work as an editor in which I translated manuscripts in order to index them for theological and social/political topics. Eventually acting as Managing Editor, I became proficient in XML and TEI-encoding, which to my mind, at least, has its own vocabulary and grammar. The knowledge of Latin grammar instilled during my time as a graduate student was vital to my understanding and application of XML tagging and TEI metadata standards. It was from this experience that I developed a keen interest in making special collections and otherwise inaccessible primary materials accessible, especially in digital formats, and gained valuable insight into the importance of access to culturally and historically significant source documents for supporting humanities scholarship.
To this end, I enrolled in the Masters of Information Sciences program at the University of Tennessee concentrating on academic humanities librarianship, particularly digital humanities. I also had the opportunity to participate in a practicum at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where my Latin served me in good stead, and another practicum at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Besides the content of my classes in classical literature and history at UMD, the academic research skills I developed as a graduate student were invaluable to coursework I completed to earn my MS degree in December 2012.
At present, I am a “Humanities Administrator” in the Office of Digital Humanities at the NEH, working on a digitization project that will make available to the public historic grant records from the establishment of the Endowment to 1979. I hope to continue working in digital humanities in my new career in librarianship, and I very sincerely believe that my study of the Classics not only informs my professional activities, but will enormously enrich the work I do.
After graduation from Georgetown University with an M.A. in Arab Studies, I began working in the IT field first as a technical writer and later as a programmer. In the summer of 1991 I was managing a team of technical writers and trainers and was putting in a lot of hours that left me feeling drained both emotionally and intellectually. My world revolved around work and I was stuck in a rut; even my free time was spent out with colleagues talking about work!
I had always enjoyed Latin as a high school student and as an undergraduate, and so on a whim I applied to the M.A. program with a concentration in Latin at the University of Maryland. Since I worked full time, I could only take one course a semester. My whim turned out to be one of the smartest decisions I've ever made. At one course a semester it took me five years to complete the program, but I enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, at the end of the five years I returned and worked another five years on Greek.
During that time I discovered the faculty and staff of the Classics Department to be some of the most wonderful people I've met. They were always willing to accommodate me as a "non-traditional" graduate student, yet at the same time they didn't relax their professional standards. The result was that I got the same quality education as those students who completed the M.A. degree in two years. In addition, my resume has attracted attention in that it's unusual for someone in the IT field to have an M.A. in Latin, Greek, or Classical Studies. I was once called into a job interview solely because the project manager was overcome with curiosity. After the interview I was offered the position. During my interview for my current position, the interviewer talked at length about how important she thought Latin was to a good education and how much she had enjoyed it in high school. I had to change the topic in order to find out what the job actually entailed.
One can therefore conclude that my years in the Classics Department at the University of Maryland have rewarded me both intellectually and financially. In the years that have passed since leaving the university I often think back on the teachers and the courses with fond memories and a sense of pride that I accomplished what I had set out to do.