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Austin Peay is pleased to announce that beginning in the fall of 2019 we will be offering a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics.  This is a one year program that is designed to deepen the language skills of those who wish to advance to M.A. or Ph.D. level study, or who wish to increase proficiency for teaching at the secondary level.  

Students will have the opportunity to take survey courses in Greek and/or Latin, as well as individual author courses.  In addition, students will take a prose composition course in order to bolster their knowledge of grammar.  Prose composition provides a superb means of deepening one's familiarity with the structures of Greek and Latin.

Why APSU?  

We would love to have you here!  We thrive on the classroom and are deeply dedicated to our students.

Austin Peay is a mid-sized, state run, liberal arts university on the Cumberland Plateau in middle Tennessee.  It is inexpensive and sits in a lovely part of the state, at the confluence of the Cumberland and the Red rivers.  APSU was on the Great Colleges to Work For list for several years in a row, and that says a great deal about the quality of the school.  We are strongly committed to student success at all levels. 

Our faculty in Classics is firmly grounded in producing students who are well prepared to undertake graduate study or to assume positions as Latin teachers in secondary schools.  We currently have former students engaged in graduate study at SUNY Buffalo and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  We have sent students to Duke, Univ. of Virginia, and The University of Arizona among other programs.  Our students have attended schools in the British Isles such as  Cambridge University, The University of London, and elsewhere.  APSU is also a cooperating institution for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.  We have our own study abroad program to Greece and will be initiating a program in Italy in the near future.  We are dedicated to the success of our students, and we are passionate about our discipline.  

Many of our former students are currently teaching Latin in secondary schools.  If that is your goal and you would like to receive additional training in Latin but do not necessarily want to do a full M.A. program, we are happy to help you achieve your goal. We will work with you and with the College of Education to help you obtain teaching certification in Latin.

In addition to the formal language study available, we will also provide you opportunities to work with students in formal and informal ways, through tutoring, teaching occasional classes, and working with area high school students.  For example, APSU sponsors a Classics Day each fall, at which over 250 Latin students come to campus for a day of activities.  Your participation in such events can help to prepare you for undertaking a career in teaching.

Furthermore we have an undergraduate journal in Classics, Philomathes, and we will offer you editing privileges for the journal. 

Course of Study

Students will take 18 hours, 6 courses, to earn the certificate.  All courses are three credit hours.  

A typical program might look like this:

Fall term:

Survey of Greek Literature

Latin Prose Composition

Reading course in Roman Satire

Spring term:

Survey of Latin Literature

Greek Prose Composition

Reading course in Greek Historians

For the reading courses, graduate students may be enrolled with undergraduate students, but will complete longer assignments.

Application process:

Prospective students must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and they must have completed at least one year of study of Greek and/or Latin.

Interested students should complete the application to graduate study which can be found at this link: https://www.apsu.edu/grad-studies/apply-admission.  Students should also submit a one page statement of purpose, and they should have two letters of recommendation sent directly to Dr. Tim Winters via email at winterst@apsu.edu 

Tuition and fees for graduate study can be found at this link:


Graduate research assistantships or teaching assistantships may be available but are not guaranteed.

For more information please contact:  

Dr. Tim Winters, winterst@apsu.edu