Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2017/2018)
8.6 Certificate in Ancient Languages

www.mun.ca/hss/ancientlanguages

Program Coordinator: Dr. K. Simonsen, Department of Classics

The Certificate in Ancient Languages is administered by the Department of Classics.

The Certificate in Ancient Languages is designed to appeal to students interested in the study of ancient languages and who wish to gain an appreciation for the origin of many modern languages. Ancient languages are languages which are no longer spoken as the first language of any living person, although they may have direct descendants in current use. They remain culturally significant as languages of religion, scholarship and literature. The Certificate also offers specialized, high-quality preparation for students interested in studying subjects such as Archaeology, Classics, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religion. The Certificate will also appeal to students studying in the areas of Medicine and Law, providing them with the etymological roots of subject-specific terminology.

8.6.1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Certificate Regulations

Students intending to complete a certificate program within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences must meet the Admission requirements as outlined in the University Calendar. Students are also advised to consult the University Calendar regarding General Regulations for Certificate Programs and Graduation Requirements.

8.6.2 Advising

Throughout their program of study, students for a Certificate in Ancient Languages are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator for assistance with course planning, declaring their program of study, prerequisite and registration issues, and with questions about the eligibility of any courses not listed here. The Coordinator liaises with representatives of participating departments, and normally communicates a tentative schedule of upcoming course offerings to students so that they can plan accordingly.

8.6.3 Declaring the Certificate in Ancient Languages

Students interested in a Certificate in Ancient Languages are first encouraged to consult with the Program Coordinator to discuss the requirements of the program. After consultation with the Coordinator, students wishing to enroll in the certificate can declare a Certificate in Ancient Languages by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

8.6.4 Regulations for the Certificate in Ancient Languages

The Certificate in Ancient Languages consists of 21 credit hours as prescribed below:

  1. 3 credits hours in Linguistics chosen from a list of approved courses as outlined under Table 1 Approved Courses for the Certificate in Ancient Languages, Foundational Required Courses; and,

  2. 18 credit hours chosen from specified courses in Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit, Old English and Middle High German as outlined under Table 1 Approved Courses for the Certificate in Ancient Languages, Approved Ancient Languages Courses, consisting of:

    1. a minimum of 6 credit hours in one ancient language;

    2. a minimum of 6 credit hours in another ancient language;

    3. a minimum of 3 credit hours in a third ancient language; and

    4. a further 3 credit hours in any Table 1 Approved Courses for the Certificate in Ancient Languages, Approved Ancient Languages Course.

When planning their program of study, students should consider that languages other than Greek and Latin are not regularly available. Therefore, students are strongly advised to consult with the Program Coordinator for assistance with course planning.

Table 1 Approved Courses for the Certificate in Ancient Languages

Foundational Required Courses

Approved Ancient Languages Courses

8.6.5 Course Prerequisites

Due to the sequenced nature of language courses, all language courses beyond the introductory level have prerequisites.