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Latin Minor

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (LATIN)

The Latin minor emphasizes the development of skills in the linguistic and literary aspects of the Latin language. Through 18 credits of course work, including 6 at the 400-level, students develop mastery of the grammatical structures essential to the ability to read Latin; a vocabulary adequate to the sight recognition of a large number of Latin vocabulary items; and a thorough understanding of the formal system of word inflection and derivation which forms the grammatical core of the language. Once students have completed the basic 12 credits in LATIN 001, LATIN 002 and LATIN 003, they have the opportunity to pursue their studies in a wide variety of 400-level courses, which include prose authors such as historians, poets who wrote in epic and elegiac styles, playwrights, and other literary stylists who round out the vast body of Latin literature. In addition, 400-level courses are available on such topics as Latin prose composition, in which students learn to write Latin, and Latin linguistic history. The minor is appropriate for a wide number of majors, including history, medieval studies, archaeology, medicine, philosophy, and law.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


Select 12 credits of LATIN courses (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits of 400-level LATIN courses (Sem: 5-8)


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-05-036

Review Date: 11/01



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