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Latin Courses (LATN)


Modern and Classical Languages

Placement: See Academic Testing.

101, 102 Elementary Latin (3:3:0), (3:3:0). Must be taken in sequence. Introduction to Latin, including basic grammar and development of reading skills, and introduction to Latin literature and Roman civilization.

109 Intensive Elementary Latin (6:6:0). Equivalent to LATN 101 and 102 and taught in a single semester. Recommended for majors in Classical Studies and for students who want an intensive introduction to Latin. May not be taken for credit in combination with LATN 101 or 102.

201 Intermediate Latin I (3:3:0). Prerequisite: LATN 102 or equivalent. Intensive review of elementary grammar; introduction to more advanced grammatical constructions and patterns of usage; continued development of reading proficiency; and study of origin and development of Latin literature.

202 Intermediate Latin II (3:3:0). Prerequisite: LATN 201 or equivalent. Study of advanced grammatical constructions and patterns of usage; reading selection from various Latin authors who flourished during the late Republic and early Empire of Rome; and study of the cultural and political background of classical Latin authors.

209 Intensive Intermediate Latin (6:6:2). Equivalent to LATN 201 and 202 and taught in a single semester. May not be taken for credit in combination with LATN 201 or 202.

321, 322 Latin Tutorial (1-3:0:0), (1-3:0:0). Prerequisites: LATN 202 or equivalent and permission of program chair. Readings in Latin drawn from classical or postclassical literature. Selection of authors or genres by instructor in consultation with student. Meetings on a tutorial basis. May be repeated once under each number to a maximum of four separate topics and 12 semester hours of credit.

351 Roman Prose Literature (3:3:0). Prerequisite: LATN 202 or equivalent. Introduction to a major work and its themes and literary techniques. Emphasis on interpretation and stylistic analysis. Course concentrates on one complete work. Topics and authors vary. May be repeated for credit.

352 Roman Poetry (3:3:0). Prerequisite: LATN 202 or equivalent. Introduction to a major work of poetry and to its themes, meters, and poetic techniques. Emphasis on interpretation, metrical and stylistic analysis, and the poet's role in society. Topics and authors vary. May be repeated for credit.

451, 452 Studies in Roman Literature (3:3:0, 3:3:0). Prerequisite: LATN 351/352 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Courses focus on a single Latin author or literary genre, approaching its subject from a variety of interpretive perspectives and using secondary literature as well as primary texts. Topics and authors vary. Sequence may be repeated for credit.


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