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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.