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Latin

The study of Latin gives students access to the treasures of Roman and medieval literature and philosophy, the foundation stone of western civilization. Latin is an indispensable tool for the study of the history, music, liturgy and theology of the Christian Church. Knowledge of Latin also greatly enhances a student’s understanding of English vocabulary and grammar and is an excellent supplement to the study of all the modern Romance languages. Please see classical studies for information on faculty and for the retroactive credit policy for Latin language. 

Students who successfully complete LATN 102 Intermediate Latin will fulfill the language requirement. Students may also fulfill the language requirement by testing beyond the second semester level on the college’s placement exam, or through alternative means approved by the college. 

A language certificate in Latin is also available. Please see classical studies for more information.

Course Offerings

LATN / CLAS 101 Elementary Latin
An introduction to classical Latin with emphasis on the grammar, syntax and vocabulary necessary for reading Latin prose and poetry. The course also stresses the influence of Latin on English vocabulary. Fall semester.

LATN / CLAS 102 Intermediate Latin (Core: SL)
A continuation of CLAS 101, with extended reading passages in Latin prose and poetry. Prerequisite: CLAS 101. Spring semester.

LATN / CLAS 203 Readings in Latin (Core: SL)
After learning more about Latin grammar, students will translate a variety of texts that will bring them in touch with the rich humanity of thoughtful human beings who lived 2000 years ago. Authors considered will include Catullus, Cicero, Horace and Pliny. Prerequisite: CLAS 102. Fall semester.

LATN / CLAS 204 Advanced Reading in Latin (Core: SL)
This course will continue to develop proficiency in Latin vocabulary and grammar through readings of Latin literature selected by the students. The course will assist students in incorporating the Latin language and the skills developed in previous Latin courses into their daily lives and chosen career paths. Prerequisite: CLAS 203.

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