Offered by Columbia University’s Department of Classics and the School of Continuing Education, the Postbaccalaureate in Classics is one of the most rigorous programs of its kind in the country.

The Classics Certificate Program provides college graduates with the opportunity to improve their facility with ancient Greek and Latin. The Program is designed primarily for students who would like to prepare for graduate-level study of Classics or related disciplines such as ancient history, art and archaeology, philosophy, religion, or medieval studies, and is also useful for those interested in a career change.

Applicants admitted to the Program have generally completed prior coursework in ancient Greek or Latin. On occasion, the Program has admitted students with different academic backgrounds; such individuals should contact the Faculty Adviser to discuss whether the Program will meet their needs.

Motivated students can complete the required coursework in two or three semesters of full-time study. Part-time students can complete the Program in four or more semesters. Students who complete the curriculum with a grade of B (3.0) or better in all courses are eligible to receive a Certificate in Classics.

Students who have excelled in the Program have been accepted into M.A. and Ph.D. programs at institutions including:

  • Brown
  • Princeton
  • Boston University
  • Rutgers
  • Cambridge
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • Columbia
  • University of Chicago
  • N.Y.U.
  • University of Michigan
  • Ohio State
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Oxford
  • Yale