Latin Major

Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion

Department Faculty

The Latin Program

The study of Latin is an appropriate complement to any major in the liberal arts or sciences, and any student may use Latin to satisfy the College’s general education requirement for proficiency in a foreign language. Students wishing to major may choose a concentration in Latin within the Bachelor of Arts in Classics degree program. Mary Washington is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and students who major in  Latin are encouraged to apply to its programs; some financial aid is available.

While some majors include teacher licensure in their schedule, others combine their concentration in Latin with a second major in a related field such as history, philosophy, religion, English, business, or foreign languages. With such a background, graduates have a wide range of opportunities after college, including museum work, archaeology, graduate study, teaching, and translating. In recent years, Latin majors have been unusually successful in obtaining high school teaching positions and in gaining admission to graduate and professional schools.

Requirements for Latin Concentration in Classics Major

Thirty (33) credits including CLAS 103 and 105, LATN 430, at least fifteen (15) additional credits in Latin courses beyond the intermediate level, and at least nine credits in approved courses relating to Classical Civilization.  Approved courses are any upper-level Latin course, except LATN 425; any Greek course, except GREK 425; any Classics course; ARTH 114, 305, 310, 311; CPRD 299; CPRD 301, 302, 331 (all with permission); ENGL 319, 320; HIST 331, 332; ITAL 395, 396; PHIL 201, 310, 311; RELG 206, 211, 231 (with permission), 306, 331 (with permission), 341 (with permission).

Latin Course Offerings

Latin course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of LATN in the course listings.

101, 102 – Elementary Latin (3, 3)

Prerequisite for 102: LATN 101 or equivalent.  Essentials of Latin and introduction to translating Latin literature.

201, 202 – Intermediate Latin (3, 3)

Prerequisite: LATN 102, two units of secondary school instruction in Latin, or placement by departmental exam. Readings in Latin prose and poetry.

Prerequisites for all 300- and 400-level Latin courses: Latin 202, four units of secondary school instruction in Latin, or placement by departmental exam. Latin 425, 451, 452, 491, 492 also require permission of the Classics faculty.

305, 307 – Survey of Latin Literature I, II (3, 3)

Survey of Latin language and literature from the earliest inscriptions to the end of secular Roman writing. Introduction to materials and methods for the study of classical literature. May be taken in either order.

352 – Roman Drama (3)

Selected plays of Plautus, Terence, and/or Seneca.

353 – Cicero (3)

Readings selected from Cicero’s letters and/or orations.

354 – Lyric and Elegiac Poetry (3)

Readings from Catullus, Propertius, and Tibullus.

355 – Roman Historical Writing (3)

Selected readings from Roman historians.

356 – Vergil (3)

Readings from the Eclogues, Georgics, and/or Aeneid.

357 – Horace (3)

Readings from the Odes and Epodes.

358 – Ovid (3)

Selected readings from Ovid’s epic and/or elegiac poems.

425 – Latin Tutoring Practicum (3)

Advanced students serve as tutors in introductory or intermediate level Latin classes. Permission of instructor.

430 – Advanced Latin Grammar and Composition (3)

An in depth study of Latin grammar through composition. Required of all Classics majors concentrating in Latin.

432 – Roman Philosophical Thought (3)

Readings from Lucretius, Cicero, and/or Seneca.

434 – Roman Satire (3)

Readings selected from the satires of Horace and Juvenal.

451, 452 – Special Studies in Latin Literature (3, 3)

Reading and study of individual Latin authors or literary genres.

491, 492 – Individual Study in Latin (1–3)

Individual study under the direction of a member of the staff. By permission of the Classics faculty.

Classics-Philosophy-Religion Course Offerings

Classics-Philosophy-Religion course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of CRPD in the course listings.

100 – Topics in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion (3)

Special interdisciplinary offerings in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion

104 – Meditation and Contemplative Practices (3)

This course offers a practical, experiential and theoretical introduction to mindfulness meditation and contemplation.  Students learn and practice meditation techniques daily while exploring the contemplative practices and theories of diverse cultural traditions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, such as philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.

299 – Mysterium Humanum Studies (3)

Different topics of fundamental human concern are treated at different times in this interdisciplinary course involving the entire faculty of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion. Topics covered in the past include “Wrestling with Death,” “The Tempest of Time,” “Sex and Society in the West,” and “Slavery.”

301, 302 – Studies in Ancient Languages (3, 3)

Introduction to the morphology and syntax of selected ancient languages relevant to the study of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion (such as Coptic, Quranic Arabic, and Sanskrit). By permission of instructor. These courses do not satisfy the College’s general education requirement for proficiency in a foreign language.

304 – Contemplative Practice II (3)

Prerequisite: CPRD 104.  Contemplative Practice II is a continuation of CPRD 104.  Students will further develop and refine their daily meditation practice by exploring additional techniques and advanced topics.  It also surveys current trends in psychological and neuroscientific research on meditation, and deeply engages related philosophical concepts and debates.

331 – Cross-disciplinary Topics in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion (3)

A consideration of a theme from the perspective of two or three of the disciplines taught in the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion.