The Post-Baccalaureate Program is designed to be as flexible as possible in order to allow students to take the courses that suit their needs and interests. All entering post-baccalaureate students work with the post-baccalaureate advisor in the department to design a coherent course of study. This will involve one to three years of course work, depending on the student’s needs and previous training. Students may register for two courses (up to eight credit hours) per semester and may audit one additional course in the department. They choose from among the undergraduate and graduate courses offered each semester by the department or by a related department. The only courses for which post-baccalaureate students may not register are individual special or directed readings courses, such as GREK or LATN 396.
Because post-baccalaureate students register for two courses and only audit a third, they are considered part-time students by the University. Students are responsible for knowing what the consequences of this will be in terms of visa status or the repayment of student loans.
To qualify for a certificate, a student must:
1. Complete at least two courses at the 300 level or higher, but not 601 or 602, in either Greek or Latin.
2. Complete at least two courses numbered 200 or higher, but not 601, in the language not used to satisfy the first requirement.
Note: 200-level courses begin in the second year of a language -- 203 and 204 are second-year Latin and Greek courses, which students typically take before taking 221 and 222 in their third year of study. For full course descriptions, see our Greek and Latin course listings. Three hundred-level courses are generally for students who have completed six semesters of college Latin or Greek, although talented and well-motivated students may sometimes succeed in 300-level courses after four good semesters of college work. LATN 601 and 602 are courses in introductory Latin for graduate students.
Students interested in Medieval Studies may, with departmental approval, substitute Arabic, Italian, or some other suitable language for Greek. In rare cases, students may, with the approval of the department, substitute advanced work in an ancillary field for one or more of the Latin or Greek courses required for the certificate.
Enrollment in courses in the Post-Baccalaureate Program is through the University's Friday Center for Continuing Education, and the University's Student Accounts Services office sets the tuition rate. Tuition is based on the number of credit hours for which a student is enrolled. Post-baccalaureate students are considered "Part-Time Classroom Studies - Graduate Students" for the purposes of tuition. When researching tuition costs, make certain that you are looking at graduate tuition for 6-8.9 hrs per semester for the regular academic year -- fall and spring semesters -- and not at the lower summer tuition numbers. Note that tuition rates are not normally set until early August, so interested students should check the listing for estimated costs after that time. For 2011-2012, tuition and fees for one semester are $2,541.38 for in-state students and $8,424.00 for out-of-state students. Also, remember that two semesters' tuition will be twice that figure, and rates usually increase each year.
Post-baccalaureate students only pay the Educational and Technology (E&T) Administrative Systems, Association of Student Governments, and Student Information System Registration Fees. However, because they do not pay other fees, they do not have privileges, such as athletic passes or access to Student Health Services. Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible to stay in University dormitories and must find their own housing within the community. However, there are many housing options in Chapel Hill or in nearby Carrboro, most of which are accessible by the extensive and free bus system. The department cannot help you find housing or part-time jobs, but we can forward your emailed inquiries to current post-baccalaureate or Ph.D. students, who are good sources of information.
There are no scholarships, fellowships, or assistantships currently available for this program. Some students may qualify for low-interest loans. Students interested in this type of aid should contact the Financial Aid Office.