Ancient Languages Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Person-in-ChargeDaniel Falk
Program CodeANCLNG
Campus(es)University Park

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..

Effective Semester: Fall 2019
Expiration Semester: Summer 2024

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

The applicant's baccalaureate degree must be in any humanities field that includes at least one year of study in an ancient language.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

A grade of B or better must be earned in each course to satisfy the certificate.

Required Courses
Select 9 credits from the following; at least 6 credits must be in one language:9
Introduction to Middle Egyptian & Hieroglyphics
Ancient Mediterranean Languages
Advanced Sumerian
Advanced Akkadian
Comparative Semitics
Greek Prose Authors
Greek Historians
Greek Poetry
Greek Drama
Independent Studies
Greek Mythography
Individual Studies
Advanced Biblical Hebrew
Readings in Biblical Hebrew
Independent Studies
Republican Literature
Augustan Age Literature
Silver Age Literature
History of Latin
Independent Studies
Latin Seminar
Individual Studies
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Comparative Study of the Ancient Mediterranean World
Law & Economy in the Ancient Near East (when taught as a writing intensive section)
Classical Epic (when taught as a writing intensive section)
Classical Drama
Studies in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology
Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Near East (when taught as a writing intensive section)
Greeks and Persians (when taught as a writing intensive section)
Comparative Greek and Latin Grammar
Seminar on Ancient Mediterranean Languages
CAMS 593
Individual Studies
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will gain proficiency in at least one of the ancient languages offered by the department.
  2. Students will gain further experience with the research methodologies of their given field.
  3. Students will gain preparation for graduate work in one of the fields of CAMS.


Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Daniel Keith Falk
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Mark Munn
Program Contact

Anna Irene Peterson
801 Ford Building
University Park PA 16802
(814) 865-8851