Latin

Imperium Romanum (the Roman Empire) once sprawled across Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor. Centuries after its demise, its linguistic and cultural influences continue to exist. The study of Latin opens windows on a culture that influences our world through the arts and literature as well as fields as diverse as medicine, engineering, law and government, to name a few. Likewise, the study of its contribution to the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of English enhances one’s knowledge of that language. The Latin program offers beginning and intermediate courses that incorporate authentic texts drawn from archaic to classical times, including secular, theological and liturgical works. Students will learn to read and translate the language and to understand its indelible impact on modern English. Also offered are special topics courses—both lower- and upper-division—which focus on some aspect of language, literature, and culture.

Students may elect to major in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a concentration in Latin in either the Humanities or European Studies track. Upper-division courses will be completed in disciplines such as history, philosophy, political science, and theology and religious studies. These courses are conducted in English. With the prior permission of the Director of Interdisciplinary Humanities, LATN 294, LATN 394, and LATN 499 may be counted toward the requirements of both tracks. The Classical Studies minor (Option 1) requires LATN 101-201 and makes LATN 202 one of the choices from a list of lower-division courses. With the prior permission of the Director of Classical Studies, LATN 294, LATN 394, and LATN 499 may be counted toward the requirements.

Courses

LATN 101 | FIRST SEMESTER LATIN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Essentials of grammar and sentence structure. Study of culture and history through the reading of simple excerpts from Roman literature.

LATN 102 | SECOND SEMESTER LATIN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: LATN 101 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

A continuation of LATN 101. Translation of brief selections from Latin authors and exploration of various facets of Roman culture continue as the nucleus of the course.

LATN 140 | TOPICS IN LATIN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Latin literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

LATN 194 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATIN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Latin literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

LATN 201 | THIRD SEMESTER LATIN

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or LATN 102

Grammar review. A more intense understanding of Roman experience and thought is achieved by analysis and translation of extended passages of Latin literature.

LATN 202 | FOURTH SEMESTER LATIN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: LATN 201 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Introduction to Latin literature. Designed for those who have completed three semesters of the grammar sequence, this course exposes students to a variety of classical and medieval authors through graded readings. Review of grammar as needed. Emphasis on cultural and historical aspects.

LATN 293 | LANGUAGE TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN LATIN

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in Latin are developed.

LATN 294 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: LATN 202

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. Consult with instructor or the department chair.

LATN 299 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1

LATN 394 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: LATN 202

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. Consult with instructor or the department chair.

LATN 493 | LANGUAGE TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN LATIN

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in Latin are developed.

LATN 494 | TOPICS IN LATIN STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

LATN 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

A program arranged between the advanced student and the instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. Extensive reading and consultation are required, as well as preparation of reports to be assigned by the instructor.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

John Fendrick, PhD