This bilingual certificate may also serve as a classics post baccalaureate: it provides the strongest possible foundation for further work in the broader field of classical studies.
Those enrolled in the program 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.)
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 Catholic University of America courses that serve both graduate and upper-level undergraduate students. Postbaccalaureate students can thus take classes alongside Catholic University graduate students. And at the completion of the program they receive a formal qualification that attests to advanced-level competence.
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.
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 The Catholic University of America 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 Catholic University of America 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 Catholic University 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 The Catholic University of America.
Many students enrolled in The Catholic University of America'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.
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 Catholic University of America 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 Catholic University of America Nondegree Application. The certificate admission process involves the submission of standard materials and has comparatively flexible deadlines.