This certificate provides an opportunity to study Latin — from the classical through the medieval periods — at the advanced level.
Students in this program 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.
For students interested in entering graduate school in classics, a certificate program 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 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 program provide an opportunity to enhance a degree, to prepare to write a dissertation that will draw significantly upon Latin texts, or to acquire additional preparation for admission to other competitive graduate programs or for the academic job market.
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 Latin or Greek, 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 Catholic Univeristy is the chance for interested certificate students to achieve competency in postclassical Latin and/or Greek, which may be especially desirable to those planning to enter fields outside of classics. The Catholic University 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 Catholic University.
Many students enrolled in Catholic University's Latin courses join us simply because they are interested in the language, literature, and culture of the ancient and medieval world. If you have always wanted to take non-degree courses in this field, the certificate program offers 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 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 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 Non-Degree Application. The certificate admission process involves the submission of standard materials and has comparatively flexible deadlines.