How to Learn the Latin Language

Those interested in learning more about Latin can study the language and its literature through undergraduate- or graduate-level degree or non-degree programs. Get information on program differences, potential coursework, and online and blended classes. Schools offering Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are My Options for Degree Programs in Latin?

One way to study the Latin language in-depth is by enrolling in a degree program. A variety of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs are available in classical languages and literature with courses in Latin. In undergraduate programs, a Latin major may include a series of Latin language courses, as well as courses in translation and Roman history. You might also study specific authors, such as Virgil, Horace and Cicero.

Master's and doctoral degree programs may offer similar coursework, but emphasis is largely placed on research, and you'll likely need to complete a thesis or dissertation. Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Latin programs specifically prepare you for a career in teaching the Latin language or Latin literature. Courses in an undergraduate or graduate Latin language and literature program may include the following:

  • Latin poetry
  • Latin prose
  • Classical mythology
  • Roman history
  • Ancient technology
  • Roman satire

Degree ProgramsBachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in Latin, classical studies or related fields are available
Common CoursesLatin literature, satire, Roman history, mythology
Minor AvailabilityLatin may be pursued as a minor instead of a major at certain academic institutions
Online OptionsNon-degree courses in online or blended formats are available

Can I Pursue Latin as a Minor?

Those interested in Latin may choose to enroll in a bachelor's degree program in classical studies or a different field while simultaneously studying the Latin language in the form of a minor. Many schools offer minors in Latin or in Latin language and literature through classical studies departments. A minor includes courses on the culture and history of ancient Rome, as well as classes in Latin literature, elementary Latin and advanced Latin. A minor typically requires the completion of 12-15 credit hours.

Can I Study Latin Online?

To earn your degree or minor in Latin, you generally need to complete an on-campus program; however, several schools offer at least some of their Latin courses online or through a blended format, which provides for a more flexible learning experience. Other schools offer individual Latin language and literature courses online to non-degree seeking students. Such courses are generally asynchronous, meaning students study at their own paces. Other schools provide free self-study materials online. These types of online courses award no academic credits or degrees.

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