The Department of Classics offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate level Latin courses, from beginning Latin to Ph.D. level seminars. Elementary Latin (LATI 1010 and 1020) prepares students to read prose and poetry: Caesar and Ovid in LATI 2010, and Cicero and Catullus in LATI 2020. Students may then continue at the 3000 and 4000 levels, reading in specific authors (e.g., Vergil, Horace, Cicero) or in genres (e.g., Roman satire, Roman historians). A Distinguished Major Program is available to advanced students. We also offer an Intensive Latin course (LATI 1030) for students who want to learn basic grammar in one semester; this is often helpful for graduate students in other fields such as History, Art History, Philosophy and Medieval Studies. The Summer Latin Institute is a 12-week intensive study of Latin; students complete 1010, 1020, 2010 and 2020 in the full session and then go on to 3000 level courses. In conjunction with the Curry School of Education, the Department offers a fiveyear MT program for Classics Majors who wish to teach Latin in secondary school; these students earn both the B.A. degree in Classics and the Teaching Credential upon completion of the program.
The Major in Classics with a concentration in Latin requires six semester hours of Latin (above LATI 1020), including at least one 4000 level class; a year of Greek; Roman History (HIEU 2041); either Greek or Roman Civilization (CLAS 2010 or 2020); and two additional “related courses,” which may be chosen from courses offered by the Classics Department, such as Greek Mythology, Women and Gender in Classical Antiquity, The Age of Augustus, The Age of Cicero and other CLAS courses, or in fields related to classics, such as Philosophy, History, Art History, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies. A Minor in Latin requires four semester courses in Latin (above Latin 1020) and Roman civilization (CLAS 2020). Majors in Classics pursue all sorts of careers after graduation: some go on to graduate school in Classics or Archaeology; some become secondary school teachers; others enter the field of antiquities conservation or museum studies. The majority of Classics majors go on to careers in Law, Medicine, business and a wide range of other professions. The Department of Classics also offers scholarship support for Classics majors to study abroad. Students interested in Latin and Italy often study in Rome and environs in the summers, or enroll in the one semester Classics program for majors at the Intercollegiate School in Rome (ICCS).