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We offer an attractive and competitive per-credit cost (even at the rate for out-of-state students). For current and projected tuition costs, see here..

Students need take only as many courses as are required to meet our already-low coursework minimum and for successful performance in the comprehensive exam.

Students can pace their courses as their outside commitments and budgets allow: there is no minimum credit requirement in any given semester and no time limits on the acquisition of the Certificate.

Beyond two required courses at the advanced level, students can take any number and type of our language offerings in preparation for successful performance in the exam.

The Department offers as many courses as is practical in the evening, enabling working professionals to enroll.
There are no pre-requisites for enrollment, and experience in ancient languages and Classics is neither required nor expected. Assessment of newcomers to Classics will necessarily rely on such indicators as their experience with modern languages and/or the sophistication of their written English, as well as letters of recommendation. Students will ordinarily have a Bachelor’s degree or experience in taking college-level courses. (Non-traditional applicants are warmly encouraged to contact the Program Director.)

The academic and professional-development resources of the Department are fully available to Post-Baccalaureate students, such as advising and references for applications to MA and PhD programs and teaching positions.

Students are fully welcome at all departmental events, including lectures and special programs.

Send us an email if you have any questions regarding the Post-Baccalaureate Program.

There is a minimum credit requirement for the Certificate of six credits at the 300-level or higher in the language for which the Certificate is being sought and a passing grade (of B- or higher) in a final comprehensive translation exam. This exam, based on a reading list, certifies competency in a language equivalent to at least four years of training at the college level and demonstrates familiarity with the major authors belonging to the Ancient Greek and Latin canon. Grades attained in coursework are included on a transcript, as are successful completion of the exam and acquisition of the Certificate.

Classics at Rutgers has a long history: the University has been teaching Greek and Latin for nearly 250 years (find out about our 2016 celebrations). As we approach our sestercentennial, we are delighted to announce our new Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Ancient Greek and Latin.

The Rutgers Classics Post-Bacc Program is for anyone who wants to attain and demonstrate proficiency in an ancient language at an advanced level. Our Program is unique in its flexibility: there are no language prerequisites and no set time limits on acquisition of the Certificate.

A Certificate is essential to anyone who hopes to undertake graduate study in Classics, but lacks the requisite ancient language experience. We also invite applications from graduates in all fields: Medieval Studies, History, English or other disciplines that require a good working knowledge of an ancient language. School teachers interested in adding Ancient Greek and/or Latin to their teaching repertoire should consider our program.

Download the program flier here:  Rutgers Classics post-bacc program

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Rutgers Classics Department
Academic Building, 6th floor
15 Seminary Place
College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(848) 932 9797