Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

BA and Minor in Latin

A major in Classical Studies — Classical Civilization, Latin, or ancient Greek — provides a well-rounded knowledge of Western culture and traditions. Classical Studies minors (also available in all three fields) can add vital depth to a student's liberal arts education. Both majors and minors are excellent preparations for pre-law or pre-medical programs, business, and other careers: Classical Studies students learn to apply their learning in cross-disciplinary, integrative ways that enable them to capitalize on multidimensional understanding of whole cultures. For more information about career opportunities, visit our Career Resources page and Beyond the B.A.

Students who wish to pursue Classics at the graduate level should take courses in both languages and major in Latin and/or Greek. We have an excellent record for placing our majors in highly ranked graduate programs nationwide. A major or minor in one of the ancient languages is also good preparation for graduate work in related disciplines such as Theology, Ancient History, Philosophy, and Classical Art & Archaeology, or for a career in high school teaching.

In addition to the senior-year capstone course, Humanism of Classical Antiquity, all majors (Classical Civilization, Latin, or ancient Greek) must complete a portfolio that highlights their best work and reflects upon their growth in the program. Contact Dr. Mannering, Undergraduate Programs Director, for more information. 

Majors, minors, and degree distinction in the Department of Classical Studies:

We also support several associated interdisciplinary programs.

NEW! Changes are coming to the LATIN MAJOR in fall 2019. Find out more here.

The Major and Minor in Latin

For a major in Latin, students must take eight courses beyond the elementary Latin language sequence (101 and 102), reading Latin literature in Latin. Options include courses on specific authors such as Cicero, Horace, Virgil and Juvenal, and on topics such as "The Age of Nero" and Roman historiography. Majors must also complete a 3-credit Latin composition course and take the year-long senior capstone, "The Humanism of Antiquity." The major is thus a total of 33 credit hours.

The minor in Latin requires four courses at the 200-level or above, plus the second half of the senior capstone, "The Humanism of Antiquity," a total of 15 credit hours.

Upon successful completion of their program, Latin students will

  • read Latin at an advanced level
  • analyze Latin texts from a variety of genres and contexts
  • formulate interpretations based on textual evidence and current scholarly practice

For more information, please contact us.

This page last updated 8 February 2019 by lgawlinski@luc.edu.