BA in Latin

Latin majors acquire the ability to read, analyze, and discuss standard works in Latin, a language with an extremely long surviving literary history, from the 3rd century BCE to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and even into the early modern period, when it continued to be used in fields such as law, philosophy, and theology. Its practitioners include writers of key importance to the humanistic tradition, such as Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Vergil, Livy, and Tacitus, and its linguistic importance continues as the source of the Romance languages (e.g., Italian, French, and Spanish) and of more than 50% of words in English. Study of Latin provides an entree into MA programs in Latin and Medieval Studies and MAT programs in Latin. It is an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue further studies in classical archaeology, history, religion and theology, and other humanistic disciplines, and it also provides a solid foundation for law school or medical school.

Requirements

A major in Latin requires a minimum of ten 4-credit courses*. The requirements are as follows:

  • CAS CL 102 The World of Rome or CL 222 Roman History
  • eight courses from the offerings under Latin above CAS CL 117
  • one additional 4-credit classical studies course, at the 400 level or higher, in either a classical language or a topic in classical civilization or history

With the permission of the faculty advisor, one course from the Classical Civilization offerings* may be counted toward this major.

Courses

*Required courses are divided into four categories: classical civilization, ancient Greek, modern Greek, and Latin. Refer to the Classical Studies section of this Bulletin for the full list of courses and their categories that may be used to fulfill the requirements stated above and for information on the CAS foreign language requirement for classics majors and minors.