Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classical Studies

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classical Studies offers students who have completed a Bachelor's degree the opportunity to achieve the fluency in reading ancient Greek and Latin required to pursue graduate study in Classics or related fields such as ancient history, archaeology, art history, philosophy, theology, or medieval studies. Coursework at the post-baccalaureate level also introduces some of the scholarship of Classical texts in which graduate study engages. Post-baccalaureate students become able to clarify their professional goals while they sharpen their technical skills and become better qualified to advance on the path they choose.

Linguistic preparation is a critical factor in students' success in the early years of their graduate programs. Committed and otherwise well-qualified students who have been able to begin serious language study only toward the end of their undergraduate careers face a competitive disadvantage. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is a credential with which to surmount it.

Program overview

Loyola's program is shaped in terms of competence attained, rather than a fixed period of study. The certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete two semesters totaling 18 "target" credit-hours at the 300-level in both Classical languages with a GPA of 3.0 in the program: "target" study in these two semesters should include at least 6 credit-hours in 300-level ancient Greek author-courses and at least 6 credit-hours in 300-level Latin author-courses. We recognize some students will have attained intermediate or advanced competence in both languages before their post-baccalaureate study and will need only two semesters of target-level work; some may have had the opportunity to become proficient in one Classical language but have weaker preparation in the other; and some may need to begin their study of both languages and will need additional coursework to complete the Certificate. Our program will meet you where you are in your own career of study, and work with you to bring your skills and knowledge up to the next stage.

The course of study for students entering at the "target" level and wishing to finish in one year would look like this:

300-level Latin 300-level Latin
300-level Greek 300-level Greek
Classical Studies course of your choice Classical Studies course of your choice

 See our FAQ list at the bottom of this page for more information about courses and planning options.

"Target" courses

  • GREK 315, The Greek Fathers
  • GREK 325, Demosthenes
  • GREK 331, Herodotus
  • GREK 335, Thucydides
  • GREK 341, The Iliad
  • GREK 342, The Odyssey
  • GREK 343, Greek Lyric Poetry
  • GREK 351, Aristophanes
  • GREK 353, Aeschylus
  • GREK 354, Sophocles
  • GREK 355, Euripides
  • GREK 360, Theocritus
  • GREK 362, Plato, Republic
  • GREK 388, Readings in Greek Literature I
  • GREK 389, Readings in Greek Literature II
  • LATN 314, Cicero's Letters
  • LATN 315, The Latin Fathers
  • LATN 317, Pliny the Younger
  • LATN 325, The Orations of Cicero
  • LATN 328, Quintilian
  • LATN 332, Historical Masterworks I
  • LATN 335, Historical Masterworks II
  • LATN 341, Vergil
  • LATN 343, Latin Verse
  • LATN 344, Roman Elegy
  • LATN 345, Horace
  • LATN 346, Juvenal
  • LATN 347, Early Christian Poetry
  • LATN 351, Roman Comedy
  • LATN 360, Lucretius
  • LATN 361, St Augustine's Works
  • LATN 362, Cicero's Philosophical Works
  • LATN 364, Seneca
  • LATN 387, Medieval Latin
  • LATN 388, Readings in Latin Literature I
  • LATN 389, Readings in Latin Literature II


  • Leanna Boychenko, Assistant Professor, Post-Baccalaureate Program Director: Ph.D. Yale University; Hellenistic poetry, Archaic Greek poetry, Ptolemaic Egypt
  • Jennifer Finn, Associate Professor, Department Chair: Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat; Ancient Near East, Alexander the Great, ancient warfare
  • Laura Gawlinski, Associate Professor: Ph.D. Cornell University; Greek religion, epigraphy, archaeology
  • Pat Graham-Skoul, Adjunct Professor: Ph.D. Northwestern University; Greek lyric poetry, ethics, gender
  • Edith Pennoyer (Penny) Livermore, Full-time Lecturer: Ph.D. Northwestern University; varieties of humans, languages, cultures; nature; threads and textiles
  • Jacqueline Long, Associate Professor, Associate Dean: Ph.D. Columbia University; Late Antique history & literature; Roman history & literature; women and gender
  • Jonathan Mannering, Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Program Director: Ph.D. Cambridge University; Latin prose and poetry (late Republic, early Empire), rhetoric and oratorical performance in public spaces, literary reception
  • Kirk Shellko, Adjunct Instructor: Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago; Ancient science, comic & tragic representations of Socrates in Plato‚Äôs dialogues, Aristotle
  • James Townshend, Assistant Professor: Ph.D. Harvard University, Latin literature (late Republic, early Empire), Greek & Roman law, ancient aesthetics


Candidates for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Classical Studies should have:

  • Bachelor's degree in hand at the time of matriculation in the program
  • normally, minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

They should submit in their applications:

  • official transcripts for all undergraduate-level study hitherto pursued
  • a well-thought-out statement of purpose explaining how the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate fits in your projected career of study
  • list of courses taken at the undergraduate level in Classical Studies or related fields, forming a basis for your projected career of study
  • two letters of recommendation from instructors in Classical Studies or related fields who have worked with you
  • in the case of candidates for whom English is not a first language, TOEFL results

In order to apply, please follow the links at Loyola's Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management website. For program costs, see Tuition & Fees.

Students can begin in either the fall or spring semester. Application is on a "rolling" basis, which means that applications are reviewed as they are completed. There is no official deadline, but get your materials in several weeks before the semester begins to ensure that there is time for processing.

More information

For more information about the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classical Studies, please e-mail Dr. Leanna Boychenko, the Post-Baccalaureate Program Director.

FAQ: Post Baccalaureate in Classics

Our course of study is designed to serve as a flexible bridge between the completion of undergraduate study and graduate school (e.g., in Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Medieval Studies, the Classical Tradition, etc.). The point is to use the program to prepare intellectually, to address weaknesses, and to develop strengths. The focus is on the acquisition of the ability to read and research in Latin and Ancient Greek. If your goals do not require facility in these ancient languages, then you may be looking for something else. Please contact us to see if our program is right for you.

Admission is on a "rolling" basis, so there is no firm deadline: we view applications as they arrive. Process time varies; for fall admission, getting your complete application in at least by mid-July should be sufficient.

Yes! Students can begin at any level in either or both languages. It will take longer than a year to earn a certificate because you will need to get through beginning and intermediate levels before hitting the "target" level.

To finish the certificate in a single year, you will need to take at least three courses each semester (and the language courses must be at the 300-level). However, many of our students take one or two classes at a time; most students hold jobs while in the program and like the flexibility. Graduate School fees vary depending on the number of credit hours (see Tuition & Fees).

For the certificate, 12 of the 18 credit hours must come from 300-level language courses. 6 hours (= 2 courses) can and should come from other courses in classical studies. You can tailor these courses to your interests. Many students take the upper-level undergraduate capstone course that provides a deep overview of Greek and Latin literature. Other students have taken seminars in archaeology, ancient history, or philosophy. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers summer courses in German and French for Reading Knowledge. We will work with you to find the best courses to align with your future goals.

There is no funding for tuition or fees at this time. Because post baccalaureate programs are certificates rather than degrees, funding is generally not available for them at any university. We do have department funds to support student conference travel and research. For more information, see Fellowships and Other Opportunities.

We do not offer accelerated language courses at this time. We often recommend that students with no language experience look into an accelerated summer program in their region to get a headstart (the University of Chicago offers such courses in this city, but there are many other programs throughout the country and abroad).

At this time, we do not offer any courses in Latin or ancient Greek online, during the summer, or in the evening. We do offer some undergraduate-level classical civilization courses in the evenings and during the summer. Typical course schedules can be found under the Academics tab on our homepage.

Students have gone on to graduate programs in Classics, Humanities, Classical Archaeology, and the Classical Tradition at a variety of universities including UCLA, the University of Chicago, The University of Virginia, the University of Iowa, the University of Colorado, Kings College London, and the University of Indiana. Other students pursued careers in Latin teaching at the pre-collegiate levels.