Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Department ofClassics and Ancient
Mediterranean Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in ancient languages. It is designed for students interested in pursuing advanced study in Classics, ancient history, ancient philosophy, Biblical studies, Egyptology, or Near Eastern studies, but who need further language preparation. Students enrolled in the certificate program have the opportunity to advance their knowledge of Greek and Latin, as well as take courses in Hebrew, Sumerian, Akkadian, Middle Egyptian & Hieroglyphics, and Targumic Aramaic. In addition, students take at least one writing-intensive seminar to strengthen their preparation for graduate-level research.

Post-Baccalaureate Adviser:

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.


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.

Post-Baccalaureate Adviser:
Anna Peterson
Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Pronouns: She/Her