The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Classics requires 18 s.h. in Department of Classics courses numbered 3000 or above (upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses). The program is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree and would like further study in Greek and Latin in order to be competitive for admission to a graduate program in classics. Entry to most graduate programs requires study of both Latin and Greek, normally a minimum of three years in one language and two years in the other. The certificate is designed to be completed in two semesters by students who enter with two years of Latin and one to two years of Greek, or vice versa. 

At least 12 s.h. of the required credit must be earned in Greek and Latin language courses; the remaining 6 s.h. may be earned in approved advanced courses taught in English (prefix CLSA). Transfer credit is not accepted toward the certificate. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 to remain in good standing and complete the program.

A suggested plan of study for a student who enters the program with two years of Latin and one year of Greek is as follows.

Plan of Study Grid
FallHours
CLSA:4085 Postbaccalaureate Seminar 0
CLSG:2001 Second-Year Greek I 3
CLSL:3001 Latin Literature of the Republic I 3
CLSL:3176 Elementary Latin Composition 3
 Hours9
Spring
CLSG:2002 Second-Year Greek II 3
CLSL:3002 Latin Literature of the Republic II 3
One elective with prefix CLSA, CLSG, or CLSL numbered 3000 or above 3
 Hours9
 Total Hours18

A suggested plan of study for a student who enters the program with two years of Latin and two years of Greek is as follows.

Plan of Study Grid
FallHours
CLSA:4085 Postbaccalaureate Seminar 0
CLSG:3001 Archaic and Classical Periods I 3
CLSL:3001 Latin Literature of the Republic I 3
CLSL:3176 Elementary Latin Composition 3
 Hours9
Spring
CLSG:3002 Archaic and Classical Periods II 3
CLSL:3002 Latin Literature of the Republic II 3
One elective with prefix CLSA, CLSG, or CLSL numbered 3000 or above 3
 Hours9
 Total Hours18

Students who complete the program successfully receive a certificate from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a letter from the Department of Classics.

Admission

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years of language study (two years of Latin or two years of Greek, or one year of each). In unusual circumstances, students with less language preparation may be admitted.

Applicants who are not enrolled in a graduate or professional program may apply to the University of Iowa as undergraduate transfer students; they must state on their application that they are applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for admission to the classics postbaccalaureate certificate program. They must submit transcripts confirming preparation for certificate language study, a statement of purpose, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation from faculty members at their baccalaureate institution.