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 Classics major. The College is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and students who major in Latin are encouraged to apply to its program; some financial aid is available.
While many 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 modern 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.
Thirty (30) credits including Classics 103, 105, Latin 430, at least 15 additional credits in Latin courses beyond the intermediate level, and at least 9 credits in approved courses relating to Classical Civilization. Approved courses are any upper-level Latin course; any Greek course; any Classics course; Art History 114, 305, 310, 311; Classics-Philosophy-Religion 299; Classics-Philosophy-Religion 301, 302, 331 (all with permission); English 319, 320; History 331, 332; Italian 395; Philosophy 201, 310, 311; Religion 206, 211, 231 (with permission), 306, 331 (with permission), 341 (with permission).
To calculate your progress toward a concentration in Latin, do a “what if?” analysis on Banner; to do so manually, download a Word document of our most recent checklist of Classics Latin Concentration Requirements. To facilitate your course selection, you can download Tentative UMW Classics-Latin Rotation from Spring 2014 to Spring 2020.