The study of Latin is a proven way to deepen your appreciation of human culture while gaining insight into how the many modern languages descended from Latin or strongly influenced by it developed. It also helps you to refine your understanding of how English conveys spirit and meaning and to better employ English's unique powers. Building upon the elementary Latin sequence taught by the Center for World Languages and Cultures, the minor explores original texts composed long ago that still inform Western thought in the 21st century.

As your study advances you will gain insight into ancient Mediterranean culture and society and the contributions of ancient writers in Latin to literature and philosophy, religion and law. These contributions have enduring impact on our modern world — the thoughts we think, the words we use, the ideals to which we aspire.

Students often pair Latin minors with majors in English, history, philosophy in the humanities, or with political science or other social sciences.

Courses taught in English with the GREK* code offer general education and elective credit for students curious or excited about mythology, drama happy or sad, or (with a nod to Disney Studios) true heroism.

Tutorials in classical Greek may be available upon application.

DU's Minor in Latin offers:

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    Small, interactive Latin classes and individualized independent or directed study instruction with a senior teacher-scholar

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    Choice of ancient or medieval authors, genres and texts according to a student’s interests, with supporting assignments in English.

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Degree Requirements

  • To minor in Latin, you will need a minimum of 20 quarter hours of approved courses beyond the elementary level (LATN 1003).
  • Approved classes may be available at some study abroad sites
  • Strongly recommended are one or both of the in-English courses GREK 1416 “Myths of Greece and Rome” and GREK 1916 “Comedy Old and New,” each of which comprises much Roman material beside the Greek.

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.


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