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Latin B.A.

Classical & Near Eastern Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2013. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Students who are interested in Latin should inquire about the new Classics major that is offered through the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Studies.
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 30
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Modern "Romance" languages (French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese) are derived from Latin, as is much English vocabulary. The Latin major allows students to enjoy a large range of literature written over more than a millennium and a half. It is concerned with the language and literature of the Roman Republic and Empire and later Latin literature from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, as well as with Roman religion, history, archeology, and art. It is in its essence interdisciplinary; it also has connections with the study of Greek and other ancient languages and cultures, as well as with the majors in classical civilization and religious studies, and minors such as medieval studies. Latin majors who intend to continue in classics graduate studies are encouraged to study Greek as well.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Courses
Students who did not take four years of high school Latin should take LAT 1002. (Note: LAT 1002 carries a LAT 1001 pre-requisite.) All students must take CNES 1003, or 1042, or 1042H, or 1043, or another appropriate course with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Note: these courses do not factor into the overall length in credits of the major.
LAT 1002 - Beginning Latin II (5.0 cr)
CNES 1003 - World of Rome [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 1042 - Greek and Roman Mythology [AH] (4.0 cr)
or CNES 1042H - Honors Course: Greek and Roman Mythology [AH] (4.0 cr)
or CNES 1043 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of Latin. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
Students may earn a B.A. or a minor in Latin, but not both. Beginning fall 2012, all incoming CLA freshman must complete the appropriate First Year Experience course sequence. Specific information about this collegiate requirement can be found at:
Major Courses
LAT 3100, 3111, 3112, and 5001 may not be used to meet this requirement.
Take 14 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LAT 3xxx
· LAT 5xxx
Take at least twelve total electives credits. Courses used to fulfill the major courses requirement may not also be used to count for the electives requirement. Other courses in history, art history, medieval studies, or other appropriate areas may be used with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Note: GRK 3111 & 3112 and LAT 3100 & 3111 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
CNES 3xxx-5xxx: 3 credits
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CNES 3xxx
· CNES 4xxx
· CNES 5xxx
· GRK 3xxx
· GRK 5xxx
· LAT 3xxx
· LAT 5xxx
Senior Project
Students can get a copy of the departmental statement on major projects from the director of undergraduate studies or department office. Students who complete a major project for another CLA major are not required to complete a major project for Latin but may instead substitute 4 credits of elective courses with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies.
LAT 4951W - Major Project [WI] (4.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements, in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies, or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
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LAT 1002 - Beginning Latin II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02068 - Lat 1002/Lat 5002/Lat 1111H/La
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of Latin 1001. More complex constructions, including participles, clauses, indirect discourse. Some reading of adapted passages from ancient texts. prereq: Grade of at least C- or S in 1001 or instr consent
CNES 1003 - World of Rome (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Roman civilization, from Etruscan origins to late antiquity. Cultural diversity of Mediterranean civilization. Ways of life, social, and political institutions as evidenced by literature, art, architecture, history, and material culture.
CNES 1042 - Greek and Roman Mythology (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00092 - CNES 1042/1042H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to stories/study of Greek/Roman mythology.
CNES 1042H - Honors Course: Greek and Roman Mythology (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00092 - CNES 1042/1042H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to stories/study of Greek/Roman mythology. prereq: Honors or instr consent
LAT 4951W - Major Project (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research project using documents and other sources from the ancient world. Students select project in consultation with a faculty member who directs the research and writing. prereq: [Greek-Latin or Latin major], three 3xxx Latin courses, instr consent, dept consent