Latin

The Classics Department offers students two approaches to the study of the ancient world. First, students can emphasize the study of Greek or Latin language and literature. Second, students can explore Greece and Rome in non-language courses falling into the broad categories of ancient literature, ancient history, and art and archaeology. If students wish to pursue their studies of the ancient world more deeply, they can major or minor in any of three areas: Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilization, according to the schemes described below. The Classics Department encourages students interested in Greece and Rome to experience its physical remains directly through study abroad or immersion trips.

Courses in the Classics Department seek to help students to:

Latin and Greek courses

  • Gain an understanding of an ancient literature and culture through the study of its language
  • Develop a better understanding of English by studying its Greek and Latin roots

All courses

  • Appreciate and enjoy aspects of Greek and Roman culture
  • Gain a broad sense of Greek and Roman culture by studying literature, mythology, art, architecture, and social and political history
  • Develop perspective on their own beliefs by discovering how Greeks and Romans struggled with questions about divinity, life and death, sexuality and gender, social and political justice, and the like
  • Study the historical contexts out of which there developed such fundamental Western institutions as the Christian religion and representative democracy
  • Learn skills of critical thinking such as reading and interpreting difficult texts, generating information about them through research, solving problems about them and answering questions they raise, and presenting findings to others orally and in writing

Requirements for the Latin Major

Four Latin course credits beyond the elementary level (LAT-101, LAT-102)4
Two course credits in Greek beyond the elementary level (GRK-101, GRK-102)2
LAT-400Senior Reading1
Total Credits7

Majors in Latin should also consider choosing some of the following related courses, which are not required but provide a broader context for students’ study of ancient language and literature:

HIS-212Ancient Rome1
HIS-310Advanced Topics:ancient History0.5-1
CLA-104Roman Art & Archaeology 11
CLA-106Ancient Rome 11
CLA-111Topic Literature and Culture0.5-1
CLA-112Topic Art Archaeology0.5-1
CLA-113Topics in Ancient History0.5-1
CLA-211Special Topics1
CLA-212Spec Topics:Art/Archaeol1
CLA-213Spec Topics:Anc History1
PSC-330Adv Topics in Political Theory0.5-1
RHE-320Classical Rhetoric1
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Especially encouraged because of their emphasis on chronology.

Requirements for the Latin Minor

Five course credits in Latin5
Total Credits5

Comprehensive Examinations in the Classics Department examine students in the three areas (Classical Civilization, Greek, or Latin) in which they choose to major within the department. The examinations are made up by the department after consulting the range of courses each student presents for his major, and test both general knowledge in the area he chooses and specific knowledge over the selection of the courses he presents.

Latin (LAT)

LAT-101 Beginning Latin I

This is a course for students who have had little or no preparation in Latin. The course is primarily concerned with the fundamentals of the language. Its aim is to prepare students to read Latin literature, to improve their command of the English language by studying the close relations (historic and linguistic) between English, Latin and the Romance Languages, and to gain exposure to Roman culture. Four class meetings each week. Students with more than two years of high school Latin who wish to continue the language must take a placement exam. Such students cannot take LAT 101 for credit, but LAT 102 may be taken for credit if they do not place into LAT 201. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Corequisites: LAT-101L
Credit: 1
Equated Courses: CR

LAT-102 Beginning Latin II

This is a course for students who have had little or no preparation in Latin. The course is primarily concerned with the fundamentals of the language. Its aim is to prepare students to read Latin literature, to improve their command of the English language by studying the close relations (historic and linguistic) between English, Latin and the Romance Languages, and to gain exposure to Roman culture. Four class meetings each week. Students with more than two years of high school Latin who wish to continue the language must take a placement exam. Such students cannot take LAT 101 for credit, but LAT 102 may be taken for credit if they do not place into LAT 201. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: LAT-101 or LAT-102 placement
Corequisites: Take LAT-102L
Credit: 1

LAT-187 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-188 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-201 Intermediate Latin I

This course is intended to satisfy the needs of two classes of students: (1) those with previous preparation in Latin (usually two years or more in high school) whose performance on the Placement Test shows that they need only a semester's work to reach the Basic Proficiency level; (2) students who have completed LAT 101, 102 and desire to continue their study of the language. The emphasis will be on developing facility in reading Latin. Students will read selections from classical poetry and prose. If a student who places into LAT 201 completes the course with a grade of B- or better, he will receive an additional course credit in Latin; this course credit does not count towards the major or minor. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: LAT-102 or placement in LAT-201
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, Foreign Language

LAT-210 Medieval Latin

Students in this course will study readings in Medieval Latin prose and poetry. This course is offered by arrangement.
Prerequisites: LAT-101 and 102
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-287 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-288 Independent Study

Enrollment Through Instructor and Department Chair.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-301 Advanced Latin Reading: Poetry

Selections to suit the needs and interests of the class will be made from Latin poetry. The material will be varied from year to year and the course may be elected more than once. This course is offered in the spring semester, in rotation with LAT 303.
Prerequisites: LAT-201 or 301 placement
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-302 Advanced Latin Reading: Prose

Selections to suit the needs and interests of the class will be made from Latin history, oratory, epistolography, and philosophy. The material will be varied from year to year and the course may be elected more than once. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: LAT-201 or LAT-302 placement
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, Foreign Language

LAT-303 Advanced Latin Reading: Vergil

Readings in Latin will be selected from the corpus of Vergil, with special emphasis on the Aeneid. This course is offered in the spring semester, in rotation with LAT 301.
Prerequisites: LAT-201
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-330 Composition

This is a systematic review and study of fundamental Latin forms and constructions with practice in writing Latin sentences. This course is offered by arrangement.
Prerequisites: LAT-101 and 102 or 201 placement
Credit: 1
Distribution: Foreign Language

LAT-387 Independent Study

Students wishing to pursue independent study in Latin (specialized work in an author, period, or genre) should plan this work with the instructor who will supervise the project. The material will be varied from year to year and the course may be elected more than once. This course is offered by arrangement.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-388 Independent Study

Students wishing to pursue independent study in Latin (specialized work in an author, period, or genre) should plan this work with the instructor who will supervise the project. The material will be varied from year to year and the course may be elected more than once. This course is offered by arrangement.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-400 Senior Reading

A seminar on a selected topic with a paper directed by a member of the department. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-487 Independent Study

Enrollment Through Instructor and Department Chair.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-488 Independent Study

Enrollment Through Instructor and Department Chair.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

LAT-IND Independent Study

Students may enroll in independent study courses for 0.5 or 1 course credit(s), with the approval of a supervising faculty member, the appropriate department/program chair, and the student's advisor. Registration forms for independent study are available in the Registrar's Office.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

Secondary Licensure Program

The Department of Education Studies offers a minor in Education Studies, and an additional licensure preparation program for students interested in becoming licensed to teach at the secondary level (middle and high school grades 5-12). With a major in this department and a minor in Education Studies, students may also choose to complete the licensure preparation program by applying in the spring of the junior year. For more information about the licensure program, students are advised to meet with faculty in the Department of Education Studies. Requirements for the minor and licensure preparation program are outlined in the Department of Education Studies section of the Academic Bulletin.