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LATIN 300 A: Introductory Latin, Accelerated

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 8:30am - 10:40am
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Mary McNulty

Syllabus Description:

Latin 300 A — Introductory Latin, Accelerated

Summer 2021, MTWThF 8:30-10:40am

Instructor: to be announced

Department Course Coordinator: Prof. James Clauss


NOTE: The UW Department of Classics Summer intensive first year Latin program covers a whole year of Latin and consists of two courses: Latin 300 followed by Latin 103. Completion of Latin 103 with a grade of 2.0 fulfills the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. If you are not using Latin to complete the foreign language proficiency requirement, Latin 300 and Latin 103 can each count for VLPA.

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.

Course Goals:

Through your work in the course this term 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, including subordinate clauses and the uses of the subjunctive
  • Analyze and describe the influence of the Latin language on subsequent languages and literatures

By completing the first-year sequence through Latin 103 you equip yourself to read any Latin author. In our second-year courses (304, 305, 306, 307) students typically have read selections of Caesar, Horace, Catullus (305), Cicero and Ovid (306), and Virgil (307), and other authors (304). 

Required books:

  • Wheelock's Latin. (7th ed.) This book explains Latin grammar and syntax and contains many short readings from ancient Roman authors and many practice exercises.




Academic Integrity:

Learning Support: Access and Accommodations

  • If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to the instructor at your earliest convenience so that your needs in this course can be discussed. If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or uwdrs@uw.eduor (Links to an external site.) DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.


Catalog Description: 
Intensive introduction to classical Latin. Not accepted as upper-division credit toward a major in Latin or classics. Does not satisfy foreign language proficiency requirement. Cannot be taken for credit if LATIN 101 already taken. Offered: WS.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
April 29, 2021 - 10:53pm