Greek and Latin Languages (GKLT) CGS

All students must meet the Requirements for the Certificates of Graduate Study


Scholars in many disciplines (e.g. Classics, History, English, Medieval studies, Religion, Philosophy) need proficiency in Latin and Greek to conduct research. Other students come to Classics too late in their undergraduate career to have acquired language proficiency at a level which qualifies them for Ph.D. programs. Still others are high school teachers who want to expand their teaching repertoire, or improve their mastery. This certificate program offers an intensive language experience for such students. For students it can fulfill many of the same goals as Post-Baccalaurate programs elsewhere, but students are held to a graduate-level standard in most of their coursework. Students in the M.A. program who are unable to complete their Comprehensive Exams may receive the C.G.S. instead.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to the Certificate of Graduate Study

Greek and Latin language abilities sufficient to succeed in advanced courses (generally, the minimum is at least 3 semesters or the equivalent in each language; students will struggle if they meet only the minimum).

Minimum Degree Requirements for Certificate of Graduate Study in Greek and Latin Languages

  • GKLT 381 seminars, 1 in each language, are offered every semester. Each involves the work of the cross-listed 200-level literature seminar, supplemented by that of the concurrent Prose Style course (GRK 211, GRK 212 or LAT 211, LAT 212, depending on which is being offered that term) or a research paper (for the seminar not supplemented by Prose Style that term). The Prose Style component involves readings in literary prose, analyzed stylistically and imitated in composition.
  • 3 additional credits of Greek or Latin, either as an Independent Study (by arrangement with Faculty) or an intermediate level course (GRK 051/LAT 051, GRK 052/LAT 052, LAT 101, LAT 102) enhanced by additional reading. Intermediate-level courses are more slowly paced, and include a good deal of syntax review and vocabulary building. As such, they admirably complement the graduate-level courses.
  • Certificate students must maintain a GPA of 3.00.