The major in Latin is designed to acquaint the student with Roman literature and culture, which are examined both in their classical context and as influences on the medieval and modern world.

Requirements for the major are:

  • two courses at the 100 level
  • two literature courses at the 200 level
  • two literature courses at the 300 level
  • History 207 or 208
  • Senior Seminar*

and two courses to be selected from the following:

  • Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology;
  • Greek at the 100 level or above;
  • French, Spanish, or Italian at the 200 level or above.
  • The major is completed with a sight translation examination from Latin to English.

*The Classics Senior Seminar is a full-year course, the first term of which is devoted to various fields of Classics (e.g.; religion, philosophy, law, social history, literary history), while in the second term students write a long research paper and then present their findings to the group.

Students who place into 200-level courses in their freshman year may be eligible to participate in the A.B./M.A. program. Those interested should consult the department as soon as possible.

Courses taken at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome are accepted as part of the major.

Requirements for the minor are:
  • normally six courses, including one at the 300 level.
  • For non-majors, two literature courses at the 200 level must be taken as a prerequisite for admission to a 300-level course.

    Courses for which a knowledge of Latin is not required are listed under Classical Culture and Society.
College Foreign Language Requirement
The College’s foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing LATN 110-112 or 101-102 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in the second semester.