The Nexus Project
WHAT IS NEXUS?
The Nexus Project, founded as an extension of the Legion Project, creates a network of Classics enthusiasts, hence a “nexus”. All members are individuals who have majored in Classics and work in fields outside of academia. Nexus also serves as a database for its members: it facilitates interaction with others who have entered similar fields; it aids those who are seeking general professional advice; and it reveals new opportunities to develop or redevelop an interest in the Classics.
WHY WE CREATED NEXUS
Despite Classics being perceived as simply the study of Ancient Greek and Roman civilization and more specifically the study of a past that appears to have no bearing on contemporary society, there are many aspects of the field that continue to be relevant today, especially in ways that can be beneficial in professions outside of Classics. Elements from the Classics, such as language usage and ideas, persist in multiple fields of work today; for example, Latin and Greek still form a large part of our medical and scientific vocabulary, and many aspects of the modern legal system such as juries and lawyers are directly descended from ancient Greco-Roman courts.
Below is a graph that is based on weeks of research displaying the occupations of Classics B.A.s in four major cities: New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
As demonstrated by the graph above, people who attain a bachelor's degree in Classics can be very successful in other industries outside of academia. Our data shows that a good majority of people with a Classics degree have pursued professions within the business world and become successful. The same can be seen for those who went on to pursue careers in Law & Government. Even people who were interested in working within education but not at the college or graduate level, were able to find success in primary and secondary education. Beyond these four fields, people with a classics degree have been able to find jobs in a variety of professions--demonstrating that a classics degree is not only useful in the academic world but can be applied in a variety of ways throughout multiple professional fields.
In the professional world of Classics it has always been thought that if an individual abandons the path of academia they will find no success in their career path, yet our study shows that deviating from the path of academia does not mean you will not find success in another profession. Herein lies the primary purpose of Nexus: to connect individuals who have pursued careers outside of academia with others who have pursued a similar profession, as well as provide a space where current Classics majors can seek out professional advice in the fields that they are interested in. In addition to this, Nexus will also aid in reigniting interest in the ancient world for members who are looking to once again include Classics in their everyday lives, e.g. through programs, events, and newsletters.