Gateway Courses by Major/Minor


Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into Latin Major/Minor

In order to major in Latin, one should begin taking Latin in the first semester and continue courses in the Latin language every semester thereafter. With no prior knowledge of Latin, take LAT 001 in the first semester. Since one course each in Classics and Greek, each at the 1000-level or above, is applicable to the Latin major, one should begin at least by the second semester to explore the courses in literature in translation and in ancient history listed under Classics.

As an example, students might take the following courses to explore the major:

LAT 001/002 Elementary Latin
LAT 001 (offered every fall); LAT 002 (offered every spring)
LAT 003 Self-paced Elementary Latin (offered every fall)

For students who present less than two years of high school Latin.

LAT 051 Intermediate

Selections from Cicero and other prose authors. Offered every fall.

LAT 052 Intermediate

Selections from Vergil and Ovid.  Offered every spring.

CLAS 023 Classical Roman Civilization

Growth of the Roman Empire; political and social disruption in the Roman world from the second century B.C.E., through the first century C.E

CLAS 024 Myths and Legends of the Trojan War

Homeric epics, Virgil's Aeneid, selections from tragedy dealing with the Trojan War and Greco-Roman cultural identity. Examples from art and archaeology supplement the literary theme. Offered every fall.

CLAS 042 Mythology in Literature, Art, and Music

Greek myth in literature, art, and music from antiquity to modern times. No prerequisites. Offered every spring.

Note that Classics courses below the 100 level will not fulfill any requirement of the Latin major.

Contact Information

M. D. Usher, Chair
Department of Classics
Phone: (802) 656-3210
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