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Certificate Programs: Introduction

Welcome to the certificate section of the Department of Greek and Latin!  The department has three certificate programs (in Greek, in Latin, or in Greek and Latin) available to postbaccalaureate, graduate, or continuing-education students.  Each certificate consists of 15 credit hours (5 courses) of language study at the advanced level, and can be achieved in less than one calendar year if a student enters with intermediate-level language work already completed.

 

Students with little or no prior background in the ancient languages can also pursue certificates.  They just need to start with courses in the Summer Program in the Ancient Languages first, in order to bring their skills up to the level needed to take certificate-eligible courses.

 

  The Vatican Gardens, Rome
   The Vatican Gardens, Rome

The certificate programs in the ancient languages can be used for a wide variety of purposes.

Use a certificate as a classics "postbac"

 
For students interested in entering graduate school in classics, a certificate program, particularly the Certificate in Greek and Latin, provides the extra year of training of a traditional classics postbaccalaureate program, with an especially intensive focus on the languages.
 
A certificate program also offers the opportunity to enroll for full credit in regular CUA courses that serve both graduate and upper-level undergraduate students.  Postbaccalaureate students can thus take classes alongside CUA graduate students.  And at the completion of the program they receive a formal qualification that attests to advanced-level competence.
 

Use a certificate to enhance a graduate degree in another discipline--at CUA or elsewhere

 

For graduate students currently enrolled in other academic fields, the certificate programs provide an opportunity to enhance a degree, to prepare to write a dissertation that will draw significantly upon Greek or Latin texts, or to acquire additional preparation for admission to other competitive graduate programs or for the academic job market.

 

The Certificate in Greek may complement studies in Semitics, ancient history, philosophy, patristics, or historical theology, to name just a few fields.  The Certificate in Latin can provide an ideal addition to, for example, a degree in medieval studies, musicology, medieval history, canon law, or library science.  If you already have prior background in one of the two languages, it may be reasonable for you to complete the bilingual Certificate in Greek and Latin, to demonstrate your wide-ranging linguistic skills.

 

A special opportunity unique to CUA is the chance for interested certificate students to achieve competency in postclassical Greek and/or Latin, which may be especially desirable to those planning to enter fields outside of classics.  The CUA Department of Greek and Latin has a long and distinguished history of training future scholars to read, edit, interpret, and utilize late antique, patristic, and medieval texts in both languages.

You do not need to be pursuing your graduate studies at CUA to study for a language certificate in this department.  Since the certificates, while they are formal qualifications, are not academic degrees, you can pursue your degree at your home institution and still acquire a certificate from CUA.

Use a certificate to study something that fascinates you

Many students enrolled in CUA's Greek and Latin courses join us simply because they are interested in the languages, literature, and culture of the ancient and medieval worlds.  If you have always wanted to take non-degree courses in this field, the certificate programs offer a coherent way to organize your studies so that you can watch your abilities deepen and improve.  The certificate you will earn will serve not only as a sign of your achievements, but as a testimony to your advanced-level skills, and as proof of your motivation for advanced graduate studies.

How do I start a certificate program?

The primary prerequisite for beginning a certificate program in the Department of Greek and Latin is a completed bachelor's degree in any field.  Prior experience in Greek or Latin is not required.

The department offers elementary- and intermediate-level courses as part of its regular rotation of classes, so a potential certificate student can progress efficiently through the earlier levels in order to begin taking certificate-qualified courses. It will, of course, take a little longer to earn a certificate if you have never studied Greek or Latin before, but the departmental faculty will help you plan your program so that you can move forward as quickly as possible.

Current CUA graduate students can accumulate a certificate as part of their graduate coursework, in much the same way that an undergraduate student might pursue a minor.  Postbaccalaureate students, graduate students from other universities, and nondegree students from the community apply for the certificate programs using the CUA Nondegree Application.  The certificate admissions process involves the submission of standard materials and has comparatively flexible deadlines.

Ready to learn more?

 

Explore the certificate programs in Greek, in Latin, or in Greek and Latin in more detail.  You may also consult the certificate FAQs page, learn about admissions, or contact the department with any additional questions you may have.  We look forward to hearing from you!