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LATIN (LAT)
J. Fernando Palacios, Chair/Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Achim Kopp, Professor
 
The Latin major, minor, and courses are offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Majors are encouraged to take courses in related areas, such as ancient history, ancient art, and ancient philosophy.
NOTE: LAT 111, 112, and 251 or consent of instructor are prerequisites for all 300-level courses. LAT 111, 112, and 251 may be exempted by achieving a specific score on the Latin placement exam. Students who place into, and successfully complete LAT 251 or above will receive an additional 3 hours of credit toward graduation.
 
Major in Latin
27 semester credit hours
LAT 111. Beginning Latin I
LAT 112. Beginning Latin II
LAT 251. Intermediate Latin
Five LAT courses numbered 300 or above.
One course from:
CLA 101. Epic, Lyric, and Tragedy
CLA 102. Comedy and Satire
Successful completion of an exit examination
 
Majors may attain Departmental Honors in Latin by meeting the following requirements: (1) apply for admission to the program by the end of the spring semester of the junior year; (2) select a director from the department faculty; (3) attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00; (4) attain a 3.75 grade point average in language courses; (5) enroll in LAT 495; (6) complete a special project in language, literature, methodology, or other approved area; and (7) give a Departmental Honors presentation.
 
Minor in Latin
18 semester credit hours minimum
LAT 111. Beginning Latin I
LAT 112. Beginning Latin II
LAT 251. Intermediate Latin
9 additional LAT hours in courses numbered 300 or above.
 
LAT 111-112. Beginning Latin I and II (3 hours each)
Prerequisite for LAT 112: completion of LAT 111, exemption from LAT 111, or consent of instructor.
Open to students with little or no previous instruction in Latin, this sequence enables participants to attain a fundamental competency in Latin grammar and to build a basic Latin vocabulary. Close readings of basic texts, including translations from Latin to English and vice versa, will be stressed. In addition to offering an introduction to Roman civilization and literature, this sequence will familiarize students with Latin elements in the English language and with the sound of Latin. (Every year)
LAT 153S-253S-353S. Latin Studies Abroad (1-15 hours)
Prerequisites: LAT 111 for LAT 153S, LAT 112 for LAT 253S, LAT 251 for LAT 353S, or exemption from the listed prerequisite.
Study abroad with emphasis on one or more of the following areas: Latin language, Roman literature, civilization, culture, history, and archaeology. Under the direction of a faculty member and/or an on-site supervisor, students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. Nine hours may count toward the major or 6 toward the minor. (Occasionally)
LAT 251. Intermediate Latin (3 hours)
Prerequisite: successful completion of or exemption from LAT 111—112.
This course is designed to further students’ competency in Latin grammar and vocabulary. By making the transition from textbook selections to brief excerpts from a variety of Golden Age authors (e.g., Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Vergil, Livy, and Ovid), students will practice translating and interpreting original literary texts. (Every year)
LAT 300. Republican Prose (3 hours)
An overview of the development of prose in the Republican era, with emphasis on the works of Cicero, Caesar, and Sallust. In addition to literary, cultural, and historical material, the further development of students’ competency in Latin grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. (Every four years)
LAT 310. Imperial Prose (3 hours)
An overview of the development of prose in the Imperial era, with emphasis on the works of Livy, Tacitus, Seneca, Pliny the Younger, and Petronius. In addition to literary, cultural, and historical material, the further development of students’ competency in Latin grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. (Every four years)
LAT 320. Comedy (3 hours)
Besides providing an overview of the development of the Roman comedy, this course offers students close reading of selected comedies by Plautus and Terence, two early Roman writers endowed with timeless wit. In some instances, comparisons will be made with adaptations by modern authors. In addition to literary, cultural, and historical material, the further development of students’ competency in Latin grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. (Every four years)
LAT 330. Philosophical Texts (3 hours)
A comparison of the two leading philosophical schools in ancient Rome: Stoicism and Epicureanism. Authors to be studied include Cicero, Seneca, and Lucretius. While the former two emphasize virtue and duty in an individual’s dealing with fellow human beings and the gods, the latter attempts to free the Romans’ minds from superstition. In addition to literary, cultural, and historical material, the further development of students’ competency in Latin grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. (Every four years)
LAT 340. Vergil (3 hours)
While introducing students to Vergil’s smaller works, i.e., the Eclogues and the Georgics, this course focuses on the author’s greatest work, the Aeneid, the Roman national epic. In addition to literary, cultural, and historical material, the further development of students’ competency in Latin grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. (Every four years)
LAT 350. Ovid (3 hours)
While offering an overview of all of Ovid’s works, the course will focus on the Metamorphoses. Reading and interpreting these legends of transformations will familiarize students with important topics from Greek and Roman mythology. In addition to literary, cultural, and historical material, the further development of students’ competency in Latin grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. (Every four years)
LAT 360. Lyric Poetry (3 hours)
An overview of the development of Roman lyric poetry. Selected authors for close readings include Catullus, Horace, Tibullus, and Propertius. In addition to literary, cultural, and historical material, the further development of students’ competency in Latin grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. (Every four years)
LAT 370. Satire (3 hours)
A survey of the development of Roman satire, with readings from Horace, Persius, Juvenal, and Martial. In addition to literary, cultural, and historical material, the further development of students’ competency in Latin grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. (Every four years)
LAT 485. Assistantship for Latin 111-112 (1 hour)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Selected Latin majors or minors serve as assistants in LAT 111 or 112. Assistants attend two to three classes per week, study the assigned work, and help conduct classroom and lab activities. Assistants may review but will not evaluate students’ work. Other duties will be determined by the instructor in consultation with the assistant. In addition, the assistant will be required to complete a written reflection on the experience. Does not count toward the major or minor. Mandatory S/U grading. May be repeated. (Occasionally)
LAT 490. Supervised Independent Study (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
An in-depth study of a particular author, work, or issue in Latin language, Roman literature or Roman culture. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)
LAT 495. Directed Independent Research (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
This course is intended to provide students an opportunity to conduct supervised research in an area of their interest in Latin language, Roman literature, or Roman culture. It may be used to fulfill the course requirement for Departmental Honors. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)