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Classical Latin Language and Literature

The Minor with a Classical Latin Language and Literature concentration is intended for students who wish to study the language and literature of the ancient Romans. Courses will focus on reading, understanding and translating Latin texts. In the first three semesters the emphasis is on grammar, syntax and vocabulary through reading texts. In later semesters the focus shifts to ancient literary texts in prose and poetry by Roman authors, such as Cicero, Caesar, Livy, Catullus, Ovid and Virgil with the goal of familiarizing students with these authors’ writing styles and introducing them to various ancient literary genres.

If you’ve already studied Latin, please contact the program chair, Professor Cova (, for more information about the Latin placement exam.

The following chart shows the course requirements for the Classical Latin Language and Literature Minor.


Total Credits:

21 credits

Required Courses (12 credits)
  • Latin 103 - First Semester Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 104 - Second Semester Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 205 - Third Semester Latin (or equiv) , 4 credits
Electives (9 credits)

Nine additional credits, 6 of which must be in Latin at the 300 level or above; the remaining 3 credits may be in Latin or Classic at the 300 level or above.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.000 GPA on all credits in the minor, including any transfer work.