This program provides the necessary training for future teachers of Latin to become skilled, self-motivated readers and researchers, and polishes their language skills to a high level to ensure that they will always feel comfortable and confident in the front of the classroom.

Students who enter this program may also elect the study of Greek to enrich their work, although this is not required.

List of requirements for the MA in latin

  • LAT 511, Latin Prose Composition (3 cr)
  • * LAT 655, Survey of Latin Literature (3 cr)
  • 8 other approved courses (24 cr total)
  • Modern language examination in French or German
  • MA comprehensive examinations in Latin (preceded by sight-translation exam)
  • Submission of 2 approved research papers

TOTAL = 30 cr

* Please note that students are not ordinarily permitted to register for LAT 655 in their first year of graduate studies.

Language placement upon entrance

All graduate students in this program take a placement exam in Latin prior to beginning their coursework. The exam results are used to place students in appropriate classes; it is therefore advisable to arrange with the departmental administrative assistant to take it during the summer prior to entrance, or at least prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Departmental consent is required for registration for all advanced language courses.

Modern language examination in French or German

Competence in French or German is demonstrated by passing a departmental examination. The examination is one hour long and consists of a single passage of academic French or German. A dictionary may be used. To pass the examination, students must be able to translate approximately one full page into standard English with a high level of accuracy. Students who have not previously studied the language at the college level should first take and pass the graduate-level reading courses offered by the Department of Modern Languages (French 500 or German 500).

Masters comprehensive examinations

To qualify for taking their translation examinations in Latin, graduate students must pass a sight examination in that language.

Sight examinations are one hour long, and consist of a single passage in prose and a single passage in poetry. They are taken without a dictionary in October or March by arrangement with the graduate adviser.

Comprehensive exams

A passing grade on comprehensive examinations is B minus (80%). Each examination is graded separately and awarded a high pass (90-100), pass (80-89), or failure (below 80). Students who fail any examination may retake that examination a second time. Comprehensive examinations are offered on the days set in the university's academic calendar.

1. ONE 3-hour translation examination in Latin, based on an official departmental list of Latin texts:

2. ONE 3-hour essay examination in Roman Literature/History, based on an official departmental list of secondary scholarship, with essay questions (one or more required) drawn from an official departmental list of questions known in advance: