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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Classics

The Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics at the University of California, Davis, is designed for students who already have a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree 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 prepare them for admission to a graduate program of their choice.

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 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.


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

Tuition and Fees

Enrollment is through the Open Campus Program administered by UC Davis Extension. For fees and enrollment information, please see their informational booklet. The 2012-2013 fee structure charges approximately $1200 per 4-unit course (i.e., approximately $300 per credit hour). This is on top of the $45 application fee. Fees cover instruction and some library privileges.

Financial Aid

UC Davis Extension can provide information on continuing education loan programs. Please see the information under Student Services, Loan Information. Post-Baccalaureate students may also be eligible for employment as readers in undergraduate Classics courses.

Current Students

Shyloh Ash

B.A., California State University Sacramento


Elizabeth Harvey

B.A., University of California Davis


Anna Rudolph

B.A. in History and French from the University of California Riverside

My ultimate goal is to attain a Ph.D. in medieval history and to eventually become a university professor. Though I have concentrated most of my studies toward the medieval period, it is by no means my sole historical interest. Monasticism and expressions of popular religiosity, such as the cult of saints and the experience of pilgrimage, are particular subjects of enthusiasm for me. I also take great interest in the Late Roman period, especially the role and effects of the emergence of Christianity and the position and significance of women in early Christianity. My senior seminar paper entitled Para-liturgical Ritual in Egeria’s Travels: A Move Towards the Standardization of the Popular Phenomenon of Pilgrimage in the Fourth Century delved into the genesis, development, and standardization of pilgrimage ritual focusing on the para-liturgical element of pilgrimage ritual in the account of Egeria's Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I also recently presented a paper in April 2012 at UC Santa Barbara entitled Laughing in the Face of Fear: Differing Medieval Perceptions of the Presentation of the torments of Hell, which examined artistic and textual images of the afterlife, their intended purposes, and their reception by viewers.


Congratulations Class of 2014!

Congratulations to Oana, Katie, and Colette on completing your Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics!

Recent Placement

Students who have recently completed the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate have had great success in being admitted to graduate programs at internationally known institutions, including UCLA, the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, and Brown University.

Contact Us

For further information about this program, contact Professor Rex Stem.

For information on financial aid and other University Extension Student Services, contact Extension Student Services.