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Elementary Latin

This program offers beginning and intermediate courses in Latin. It normally takes four terms to complete. If you have previous Latin experience, our placement exam will determine how many courses you will need to fulfill your language requirement.

Our classes are taught by department faculty members and graduate student instructors who have been trained in the teaching of Latin. We place a high priority on knowing our students well, being available to them, and working with them to ensure their success in Latin. Our courses are learner-oriented in many ways, including a highly-structured introductory textbook, supplementary drills and exercises available online, the use of pretests to facilitate more effective preparation for tests, and a walk-in tutoring center available to all elementary Latin students.

In addition to introducing the grammar and syntax of the Latin language, our classes encourage students to become more aware of the phenomenon of human language and of themselves as language users and learners. Our goal is to enable students to become proficient and confident readers of Latin, and to introduce them to the language, art, literature, and culture of ancient Rome.