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.

"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


  • Laura Gawlinski, Associate Professor, Chair, interim Post-Baccalaureate Program Director: Ph.D. Cornell University; Greek religion, epigraphy, archaeology and topography
  • Pat Graham-Skoul, Adjunct Professor: Ph.D. Northwestern University; Greek lyric poetry, epics, tragedy; mythology; ethics, emotions, rhetoric; influences of gender and social constructs
  • Jim Keenan, Professor: Ph.D. Yale University; papyrology, Roman law, Byzantine Egypt
  • Brian Lavelle, Professor: Ph.D. University of British Columbia; archaic Greece: Archilochos and the 7th cent. BCE, Greek history and archaeology; Greek tyranny and Athenian democracy, popular consciousness and communication; myth and history
  • Edith Pennoyer (Penny) Livermore, Lecturer: Ph.D. Northwestern University; varieties of humans, languages, cultures; nature; threads and textiles, ancient and contemporary - including clothing in the ancient world
  • Jacqueline Long, Associate Professor, Associate Dean: Ph.D. Columbia University; Late Antique history & literature; Roman history & literature; women and gender in the Classical world
  • John Makowski, Associate Professor: Ph.D. Princeton University; Roman literature, especially Augustan and Imperial; Latin language; myth and literature; Classical world in cinema
  • Jonathan Mannering, Advanced Lecturer, Undergraduate Program Director: Ph.D. Cambridge University; Latin prose and poetry from the late Republic and early Empire; rhetoric and oratorical performance in public spaces; literary reception
  • Ed Menes, Professor Emeritus: Ph.D. Princeton University; Latin lyric and elegy, linguistics
  • Kirk Shellko, Instructor: Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago; fourth-century tragedy, the comic and tragic representations of Socrates in Plato’s dialogues; Aristotle and Plotinus


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.

More information

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

This page last updated 29 September 2015 by lgawlinski@luc.edu.