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Summer Program in the Ancient Languages

As a department, we take pride in the high standards that we apply to the study of the ancient languages. During the summer months, we offer the opportunity for motivated students to complete the equivalent of up to four semesters of university-level study in either Greek or Latin.

  The Erechtheion, Athens, 5th century BC
 

The Erechtheion, Athens, 5th century BC

 

Also of interest

CUA's Department of Semitics Summer Program provides a variety of courses in the languages of the Christian Near East, including Armenian, Coptic, and Syriac, as well as offerings in Arabic.

 

Elementary level

The elementary courses, Greek 509 and Latin 509, take place during the first six-week summer session at CUA. Each of these courses carries six hours of university credit and meets for approximately three hours per day, five days per week. By the end of the six-week session, our Greek students have received the necessary preparation to read Plato or Xenophon; our Latin students are prepared to read (for example) Caesar, Catullus, or Cicero--even if they have never studied an ancient language before.

Intermediate level

The intermediate courses, Greek 516-517 and Latin 516-517, follow immediately after the elementary courses during the second half of the summer. Each is a three-credit course, meeting five days per week, about 2 1/2 hours per day, for three weeks. Their goal is to provide students with a "first reading" experience and with intensive study of syntax and style.

Advanced level

Enrollment permitting, the department typically also offers at least one advanced Greek or Latin course (sometimes both) each summer.  Our summer offerings at the advanced level help our own students progress more rapidly towards their degrees and certificates, and we also welcome qualified students from other institutions.  If you are not certain whether an advanced summer course would fit your level of previous study or your goals, please feel free to contact the department.

Elementary, intermediate, or advanced, all of these courses are fast-paced, challenging, and intense. They tend to attract motivated students with a variety of interesting academic goals.

Scholarships for the 509 courses in the Summer Program in the Ancient Languages are available on a competitive basis to current degree-seeking CUA graduate students. Students who will begin their graduate degree studies at CUA in the fall following the Summer Program are also eligible to apply. (Those who will not be seeking CUA degrees, i.e. who are taking courses with "non-degree" student status, are not eligible.) Applications for the scholarships must be received by the end of the workday on the third Friday in April of each academic year.

Further general information on CUA's summer programs, including university application procedures, course descriptions, class schedules, tuition costs, and housing and dining details, is available on the CUA Summer Sessions website.  You might also be interested in exploring our FAQs about the Summer Program in the Ancient Languages or reading about other opportunities available for classicists during the summer.