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.

The Major and Minor in Latin (*revised* -- in effect fall 2019)

For a major in Latin, students must take at least six courses beyond the elementary Latin language sequence, 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. At least two of those courses must be at the 300-level. Majors must also take the year-long senior capstone, "The Humanism of Antiquity." Four electives in Latin, ancient Greek, or classical civilization courses round out the major. The major is thus a total of 36 credit hours. Students can begin the Latin major at Loyola without previous language experience.

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 10 September 2019 by lgawlinski@luc.edu.