University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Greek and Latin Languages (GKLT) (Certificate of Graduate Study)


Students and scholars in many disciplines (e.g. classics, history, English, Medieval studies, religious studies, philosophy) need proficiency in Latin and Greek to carry out research. Other students come to classics too late in their undergraduate career to acquire language proficiency at a level which qualifies them for Ph.D. or MAT programs. Still other students are high school teachers who want to expand their repertoire of teaching subjects or who simply want to improve their mastery of their subject matter. Every year, excellent students inquire about the M.A. program who do not have sufficient Greek or Latin. Although some students may need to take a course or two prior to formally beginning the program in order to bring their Greek or Latin up to the level at which courses count for the certificate, this certificate offers an intensive language experience designed for such students.

Specific Requirements

A minimum of fifteen credits chosen from the following:

* three to six credits of GKLT 381A: Latin Seminar
* three to six credits of GKLT 381B: Greek Seminar
* six credits in Greek Prose Style or Latin Prose Style (GRK 211, GRK 212 and LAT 211, LAT 212)


  • GKLT 381: Seminar. Intensive study at the graduate level of Greek or Latin authors not read in the candidate's undergraduate program. Credit as arranged (usually three per semester).
    • This course is conventionally labeled 381A for Latin and 381B for Greek iterations. This course meets concurrently with LAT 211/212 or GRK 211/212 but students enrolled at the 381 level are held to higher standards and do more work.
    • Two sections of GKLT 381, one in each language, are offered every semester.
  • GRK 211 and GRK 212: Greek Prose Style. Readings in literary prose analyzed stylistically and imitated in composition (three credits each).
  • LAT 211 and LAT 212: Latin Prose Style. Readings in literary prose analyzed stylistically and imitated in composition (three credits each).
    • The courses are taught in the following sequence, one per semester: LAT 211 Fall, GRK 212 Spring, GRK 211 Fall, LAT 212 Spring, then begin the cycle again. Thus Certificate students will get at least one semester of each sequence, with those who do the three-semester option getting three semesters. Occasionally, the order in a given academic year is reversed (e.g. LAT 212 Fall, then GRK 211 Spring), but that does not affect students' ability to fulfill the certificate program's requirements, as the courses need not be taken in sequence.
  • Certificate students are strongly encouraged to sit in on intermediate level classes or higher level classes which they are not taking for credit, though no credit will be given toward the certificate. Students will do daily preparation in these classes but not take exams or do projects.
    • LAT 101 and LAT 102: Survey Latin Literature. Selections from principal Roman authors.
    • GRK 051: Intermediate Greek. Review of syntax plus readings from Plato, Herodotus, and Euripides.
    • GRK 052: Intermediate Greek. Review of syntax and readings from Homer.

      These intermediate-level courses include a good deal of syntax review and vocabulary building. As such, they admirably complement the graduate-level courses. The pace is slower and there is more emphasis on explaining syntax and building vocabulary.

      The aim of auditing lower level courses concomitantly with their credit-bearing work is to give certificate students something closer to a language immersion experience.

In some cases, other graduate courses may be used in fulfillment of requirements, with explicit approval from the classics faculty. Certificate students must maintain a GPA of 3.00.