The concentration in Latin allows students to explore widely the world of Latin literature, which includes works in classical Latin (that of the late Republic and early-to-high Empire) as well as those of the Late Antique period on through to the Medieval world and even expands to the neo-Latin works of the early modern period. Students begin with classical Latin: the Latin of Cicero, Vergil, Horace, Livy, and Tacitus. Study abroad in Italy is encouraged, but not required: there is an excellent semester-long program at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.
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Latin 232 or special placement examination
Minimum of nine courses (at least three credits each) including:
- Seven courses in Latin at the 300-level or above; at least four of these courses must be:
(a) 401 or 402; (b) 409 or 410; (c) another course from (a) or (b), or another course at the 400-level or above.
- Two courses selected from Classical Archaeology 222, Classical Civilization 102, or History 201. Three credits of independent study (Latin 499) may be used with written approval of the undergraduate advisor.
- Latin 497, the Junior/Senior Seminar, is highly recommended. The concentration should normally begin in the freshman or sophomore year.
In addition to the concentration requirements stated above, Honors candidates must take one course, at or above the 450-level, in Latin. Honors students receive six credits during their senior year for researching and writing an Honors thesis (Latin 495); this thesis must be based upon texts in the original ancient languages; the thesis should be a minimum of 40 pages in length. Candidates must offer an oral defense of this work, in a form to be agreed upon with their thesis advisor. Interested students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 should contact their concentration advisor no later than the winter term of their junior year at the latest.
Language, Literature and Culture of Ancient Rome
Prerequisites to the Roman minor
Latin 232 or equivalent, as determined by the departmental placement examination.
Requirements for the Roman minor
At least 16 credits of courses chosen from the following three groups
- At least two upper-level courses in Latin language and literature (Latin 301 or higher).
- At least one broad introductory course in Roman civilization (Classical Civilization 102), Roman archaeology (Classical Archaeology 222), or Roman History (History 201).
- At least one upper level course (300 or 400-level) in Roman civilization, archaeology, or history.
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