Latin Major

For over a thousand years the intellectual life of most of Western Europe was to a great degree coextensive with the history of Latin. In Latin the fruits of Greco-Roman culture and the achievements of the Roman Empire were passed on to serve as guides for later generations. The creative spirit of the Middle Ages too expressed itself most profoundly through the language of the Romans. Works of higher learning--theology, philosophy, law, medicine, history, geography, etc.--were Latin, and to be ignorant of this language was to be cut off from the life of the mind. Subsequently, the words of the ancient Romans (and of the ancient Greeks--but in Latin translations) were the drivining force behind the Renaissance and the "birth of the modern." The Latin major is designed to reveal to the student these "monuments more lasting than bronze" by imparting a rigorous knowledge of the Latin language and a basic familiarity with the achievements of the Roman world.

Requirements for the Major in Latin

Eighteen hours of courses numbered 300 or above. A minor is required and may be taken in computer science, English, Greek, history, Medieval and Renaissance studies, modern languages, or philosophy.

Program Assessment. In order to asist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required:
1. To assemble and maintain a portfolio to include the syllabus and a copy of all written exams and assignments for each course applied toward the major.
2. In their senior year, to complete a written exit survey.
The undergraduate adviser will inform students of the scheduling and format of assessment activities.
Results of participation in these assessment activities will in no way affect a student's GPA or graduation.

Requirements for the Minor in Latin

  • Plan A:
    12 hours numbered above 300
  • Plan B:
    9 hours numbered above 300
Courses in Latin

Latin Course Offerings and Descriptions