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Ancient Languages

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Mark Munn, Head, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
101 Weaver Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-0052

Advanced study in classical studies, ancient history, ancient philosophy, biblical studies, Egyptology, or ancient Near Eastern studies requires demonstrable proficiency in one or more ancient languages.  The certificate in Ancient Languages, comprising 12 credits, is designed to provide proficiency in at least one ancient language for students who have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree and are planning to pursue graduate work in one of these fields.  Training in a second ancient language is offered, and a writing-intensive course in a subject relevant to the student’s interest will strengthen preparation for graduate-level research and writing.  A grade of B or better must be earned in each course to satisfy the certificate.

Admission Requirements:

An applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. The baccalaureate degree must be in any humanities field that includes at least one year of study in an ancient language.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

Select 9 credits from among the following courses; at least 6 credits must be in one language:
CAMS 420 Introductory Targumic Aramaic (3)
CAMS 471 Sumerian (3)
CAMS 472 Akkadian (3)
CAMS 481 Introduction to Middle Egyptian & Hieroglyphics (3)
CAMS 490 Ancient Mediterranean Languages (3-6)
CAMS 520 Advanced Sumerian (3)
CAMS 521 Advanced Akkadian (3)
CAMS 522 Comparative Semitics (3)
GREEK 401 Introductory Reading in Greek Literature (3-6)
GREEK 420 Greek Prose Authors (3-6 
GREEK 425 Greek Historians (3-6)
GREEK 430 Greek Poetry (3-6)
GREEK 440 Greek Drama (3-6)
GREEK 496 Independent Studies (1-18) 
GREEK 509 Greek Seminar (3-9)
GREEK 520 Greek Mythography (3)
GREEK 596 Individual Studies (1-9)
HEBR 451 Advanced Biblical Hebrew (3)
HEBR 452 Readings in Biblical Hebrew (3)  
HEBR 496 Independent Studies (1-18)
LATIN 402 Republican Literature (3-12)
LATIN 403 Augustan Age Literature (3-12)
LATIN 404 Silver Age Literature (3-12)   
LATIN 420 Medieval Latin Literature (3-6)
LATIN 450W History of Latin (3)
LATIN 496 Independent Studies (1-18) 
LATIN 510 Latin Seminar (3-6)
LATIN 596 Individual Studies (1-9)

Select 3 credits from among the following courses:

CAMS 400W Comparative Study of the Ancient Mediterranean World (3)
CAMS 405 Law & Economy in the Ancient Near East (3) – when taught as a writing intensive section
CAMS 410 Classical Epic (3) – when taught as a writing intensive section
CAMS 411W Classical Drama (3) 
CAMS 440W Studies in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology (3)
CAMS 470 Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Near East (3) – when taught as a writing intensive section
CAMS 480 (J ST 480) Greeks and Persians (3) – when taught as a writing intensive section
CAMS 501 Comparative Greek and Latin Grammar (3)
CAMS 503 Seminar on Ancient Mediterranean Languages (3-6)
CAMS 592 Proseminar (3)
CAMS 593 Research Seminar (3-6)
CAMS 596 Individual Studies (1-9)

Effective Semester: Fall 2014
Expiration Semester: Summer 2019


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