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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Classics

Purpose of the program

The Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics at the University of California, Davis, is designed for students who already have a B.A. but seek additional training in Greek and Latin language, literature, and cultural studies in order to strengthen their preparation for graduate school in classics and related fields, such as ancient history, art history and archaeology, comparative literature, and philosophy.

The program gives these students a rigorous, yet flexible program which can be tailored to their own needs and background. It can help students improve their facility in the ancient languages and also give them a taste of the experience of graduate study at a major research university. The Post-Baccalaureate Program may also be of value for high school and community college teachers seeking to refresh their knowledge and improve their credentials.

Course of Study

The Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics requires residence for a minimum of three quarters, and the completion of at least six upper division courses, or 24 units. The minimum requirements for completion of the Program are to reach the level of proficiency equivalent to two years of advanced study in one of the ancient languages, Latin or Greek, and one year of advanced study in the other language. High school teachers seeking to improve their skills in Latin only may substitute courses in cultural studies of the ancient Mediterranean world for the Greek language courses. The exact program of study for each student can be adapted to the student's needs, and the time needed to complete the program will depend on the student's background and level of preparation. Students who have good language skills in one ancient language may move directly to advanced study in that language, while improving their skills in the second language. In addition, students are are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the University's offerings of advanced study in Classics and other allied areas, such as art history, ancient history, and philosophy. Students are also encouraged to acquire a reading knowledge of German and French.

Each student will receive individual advising, not only on the design of a Post-Baccalaureate Program, but also about career goals and application to graduate schools. Upon successful completion of the Post-Baccalaureate program, students will receive a Postgraduate Certificate from UC Davis Extension. Visit the UC Davis Classics Department Web site to get more information on the Certificate Program in Classics.

Application Process

Application Deadlines

May 1 for Fall Quarter
December 1 for Winter Quarter
March 1 for Spring Quarter

Applications will be accepted after those dates until the program fills.

For admission to this certificate program, the prospective student should send the following 3 items to UC Davis Extension:

  • Completed application form
  • College or University transcript, with date of actual or expected B.A. degree clearly indicated
  • Statement of purpose (one-typed page)


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics
Registration Office
UC Davis Extension
University of California
1333 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95616-4852

AND send the following 2 items to the department

  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from college or university instructors
  • $45 application fee, payable to U.C. Regents


UCD Department of Languages & Literatures
Graduate Program Staff
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

For further information, contact Professor Rex Stem at


In addition to the $45 certificate application fee, students will pay tuition fees for each course taken in the certificate program. Enrollment in courses is through UC Davis Extension Open Campus and course tuition fees are based on number of units. Visit the Open Campus section to confirm current fees, enrollment deadlines and other enrollment information. Course tuition fees include instruction, campus computing account and a library card.

Financial Aid

Students can apply for a private alternative loan. Post-Baccalaureate students are not eligible for financial aid through UC Davis, but may be eligible for employment as readers in undergraduate Classics courses.