The Catholic University of America

Certificate Programs

As you consider these certificates, our FAQs about the certificate programs may be of use to you. You can also find out more about certificate admission, or contact the departmental advisers.

Certificate in Greek and Latin

This bilingual certificate may also serve as a classics postbaccalaureate: it provides the strongest possible foundation for further work in the broader field of classical studies. Its students gain high linguistic competence in both Greek and Latin that can be highlighted in future applications to masters' and doctoral programs.

Potential students desiring to complete this bilingual certificate in one year should already possess strong intermediate-level skills in one of the two languages (the equivalent of four prior semesters of study at the university level) and be able to test into Prose Composition (511) in that language.

If you have only elementary-level skills in one of the two languages--or even no prior background--you are still welcome to pursue the Certificate in Greek and Latin. In this case, however, it will take you approximately two years of intensive study to complete the bilingual program. (If you would like to consider a one-language certificate, which can de facto be completed more rapidly, you may like to read more about the Certificate in Greek and the Certificate in Latin.)

List of Courses Required for the certificate in greek and latin

  • GR 511, Greek Prose Composition (3 cr)
  • LAT 511, Latin Prose Composition (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Greek course (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Latin course (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Greek or Latin course (3 cr)

TOTAL = 15 cr

Minimum time to complete the Certificate in Greek and Latin (continuous enrollment)

The Certificate in Greek and Latin can be completed in a minimum of one two-semester academic year for students who enter with intermediate-level language studies already completed and who are able to test directly into courses at the level of Greek 511 (Greek Prose Composition) and Latin 511 (Latin Prose Composition). Summer study may also be needed for some students (see below).

The Certificate in Greek and Latin may also be completed gradually, in the course of other graduate studies, in which case this timeline need not apply.

Courses enclosed within square brackets in the schedule below are elementary- and intermediate-level courses that are available, if necessary, to bring language skills up to the level required to begin certificate studies. The credit hours for these bracketed courses do not count towards the total credit hours required for the certificate.

This schedule assumes intermediate level of one language already completed at CUA or elsewhere; other circumstances may require a slightly longer timeline.

Term
Courses
Credits
Summer 1
[Greek 509] + [Greek 516-517] or [Latin 509] + [Latin 516-517]
[6 cr] + [6 cr] = [12 cr]
Fall semester
Latin 511; 1 approved advanced course
6 cr
Spring semester
Greek 511; 1 approved advanced course
6 cr
Spring semester or Summer 2
1 approved advanced course
3 cr

Have questions? Our FAQs about the certificate programs may be of use to you, or you can contact the department's advisers.

Certificate in Greek

This certificate provides an opportunity to study ancient Greek at the advanced level. Its students gain the high linguistic competence that can be used to enhance a degree program in progress, applied to graduate research, or carried into the classroom to teach.

Students may begin this certificate program with no prior background in Greek and, with summer study, complete the certificate in one calendar year of continuous enrollment.

List of Courses Required for the certificate in greek

  • GR 511, Greek Prose Composition (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Greek course (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Greek course (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Greek course (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Greek course (3 cr)

TOTAL = 15 cr

Minimum time to complete the Certificate in Greek (continuous enrollment)

The Certificate in Greek may be completed in a minimum of one two-semester academic year for students who enter with intermediate-level language studies already completed and who are able to test directly into advanced-level courses. Summer study may also be needed for some students (see below).

The Certificate in Greek may also be completed gradually, in the course of other graduate studies, in which case this timeline need not apply.

Courses enclosed within square brackets in the schedule below are elementary- and intermediate-level courses that are available, if necessary, to bring language skills up to the level required to begin certificate studies. The credit hours for these bracketed courses do not count towards the total credit hours required for the certificate.

Term
Courses
Credits
Summer 1
[Greek 509] + [Greek 516-517]
[6 cr] + [6 cr] = [12 cr]
Fall semester
2 approved advanced Greek courses
6 cr
Spring semester
Greek 511; 1 approved advanced Greek course
6 cr
Spring semester or Summer 2
1 approved advanced Greek course
3 cr

Have questions? Our FAQs about the certificate programs may be of use to you, or you can contact the department's advisers.

Certificate in Latin

This certificate provides an opportunity to study Latin--from the classical through the medieval periods--at the advanced level. Its students gain the high linguistic competence that can be used to enhance a degree program in progress, applied to graduate research, or carried into the classroom to teach.

Students may begin this certificate program with no prior background in Latin and, with summer study, complete the certificate in one calendar year of continuous enrollment.

List of Courses Required for the certificate in latin

  • LAT 511, Latin Prose Composition (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Latin course (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Latin course (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Latin course (3 cr)
  • 1 approved advanced Latin course (3 cr)

TOTAL = 15 cr

Minimum time to complete the Certificate in Latin (continuous enrollment)

The Certificate in Latin may be completed in a minimum of one two-semester academic year for students who enter with intermediate-level language studies already completed and who are able to test directly into Latin 511 (Latin Prose Composition). Summer study may also be needed for some students (see below).

The Certificate in Latin may also be completed gradually, in the course of other graduate studies, in which case this timeline need not apply.

Courses enclosed within square brackets in the schedule below are elementary- and intermediate-level courses that are available, if necessary, to bring language skills up to the level required to begin certificate studies. The credit hours for these bracketed courses do not count towards the total credit hours required for the certificate.

Term
Courses
Credits
Summer 1
[Greek 509] + [Greek 516-517]
[6 cr] + [6 cr] = [12 cr]
Fall semester
2 approved advanced Greek courses
6 cr
Spring semester
Greek 511; 1 approved advanced Greek course
6 cr
Spring semester or Summer 2
1 approved advanced Greek course
3 cr

Have questions? Our FAQs about the certificate programs may be of use to you, or you can contact the department's advisers.