Welcome to ancient Rome! First year Latin courses give you direct access to the thoughts and writings of the ancient Romans and allow you to explore the dynamic and often dangerous cultural, social and political world in which they wrote. Learning to interpret and use an ancient language requires you to explore unknown areas and think in new ways. Our focus is on Latin as a literary language. Course activities are designed to foster a collegial and collaborative atmosphere and to encourage you to make strong connections between the ancient language and literature we are exploring together and your other interests, passions and pursuits.
This course counts for VLPA if you are not using it for the foreign language proficiency requirement. Questions about using Latin 300-301 for the foreign language proficiency requirement should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Through your work in the course you will demonstrate that you can:
- Read and translate short selections from ancient Roman authors and compose simple sentences in Latin
- Understand and explain the literary, historical and cultural context of texts by ancient Roman authors
- Analyze and explain Latin grammar and syntax
- Analyze and describe the influence of the Latin language on subsequent languages and literatures
By completing the first year sequence (300-301) you equip yourself to read any Latin author. In our second year courses (304, 305, 306, 307) students read selections of Caesar, Horace, Catullus (305), Cicero and Ovid (306), and Virgil (307), and other authors (304, offered in summer quarter). At the 400 level (461. 462, 463) we offer a rotating selection of authors from all periods of Ancient Roman literature. In spring 2018 we will also offer Medieval Latin (Latin 401).
Email questions about programs and courses in the Classics Department to email@example.com and we will be happy to help you.
Textbook: Wheelock's Latin.
2017 first year Latin students at UW want you to know:
Latin is great because it allows you to think precisely about languages and how ideas are conveyed through them.
-Computer Science major
Latin is an awesome language to learn. It has improved my reasoning skills! Translating Latin is like solving a puzzle, being a detective. And ... it introduces me to roots and words that are related to a lot of STEM terminology.
-Biochemistry major, class of 2020
Latin is an amazing course that stimulates the mind and develops fascination for a world now 2000 years old.
-Electrical Engineering major
Latin is incredibly useful in learning the roots of lots of words in science, so it makes memorizing scientific terms a lot easier. It is also fun to be able to read literature written thousands of years ago.
Latin is a breath of fresh air from the usual STEM courses I take. It is a totally different type of learning that exercises a different part of the mind. The courseload was manageable and the stories you will read are very interesting.
-Pre-med biology major, class of 2020
I'm taking Latin because it really connects to a lot of modern languages and it is easy to see the parallels. Plus, it is super interesting and fun to learn!
-Physics major, class of 2018
I'm taking Latin because I read lots of history books and many great works were written in Latin. I wish to understand English and other languages in a historical context by studying the root language they descend from.
-Environmental Science major, class of 2017
I needed to fulfill my language requirement and Latin was the most interesting language that I was able to take.
Latin is a language I have wanted to learn for a while and need a language credit was just what I needed to push me here. And I have loved every second of it.
-Biochemistry major, class of 2018
Taking Latin ... has showed me many of [the origins] of words in other languages, especially English ... It's a beautiful language that takes you back in time to thousands of years ago.
-Psychology major, class of 2017
I am taking Latin because I want to be an attorney and Latin is giving me a good basis in the meaning of legal terms. Taking Latin is also a great way to expand your vocabulary and develop your grammar skills.
-Business and Political Science
I am taking Latin because it is very useful for the study of History, but also because it enhances an in depth understanding of language as a whole.
-History major, class of 2017
Latin is an interesting language that I found very useful in my STEM courses, moreso than I expected. It provides insight and a deeper understanding of various subjects and it's quite universal!
-Biochemistry and Chemistry major class of 2017
Latin can be seen everywhere once you start looking for it, even in the physical sciences.
-Biochemistry and Chemistry major, class of 2017
Look into what a Classical Studies or Classics major is; take a Classics course. It's incredibly interesting and loads of fun. I read Latin and Greek every day and I genuinely enjoy it.