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Why Choose Latin?
- To study intensively the Latin language
- To learn about the history and culture of ancient Rome
- To read ancient Roman literature
- To develop the skills of critical thinking and effective writing employers demand.
- To improve research skills.
- To prepare for graduate school in Classics, or to teach Latin
The Latin major, like the classical languages and literature major, is great preparation for a variety of interesting and profitable careers. For more information, see Careers for Classicists
View the Latin program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.
If you are interested in teaching Latin on the K-12 level, Wright State offers a degree program that provides the necessary training and credentials. You can major in Latin, complete the necessary teacher education courses simultaneously, and graduate fully prepared for the job market.
For more information on the Latin licensure program, contact Dr. Rebecca Edwards. and check out the requirements.
Latin majors are encouraged to enhance their programs of study by pursuing opportunities for experiential learning, such as the following:
Academics and Curriculum
The Latin major allows you to focus primarily on the study of Latin and the literature and culture of ancient Rome. You will take 7 semesters of Latin. Additional electives cover a diverse range of subjects relating to the study of the classical world, including ancient history, art history and archeology, literature, mythology, and other specialized subjects.
- Wright State Core: The Wright State Core includes three classes that provide students with a foundation for future study in Classics. All of these courses are recommended for Latin students:
- Introduction to Greek and Roman Culture (CLS 1500) provides an overview of Greek and Roman history and culture. Fulfills the History requirement in the Core curriculum (Area 3).
- Introduction to Classical Mythology (CLS 1600) provides an overview of Greek and Roman Mythology. Fulfills the Arts and Humanities requirement in the Core curriculum (Area 4).
- Great Books (CLS 2040) introduces students to a sample of literature from ancient Greece and Rome. Fulfills Arts and Humanities requirement in the Core curriculum (Area 4 IW)
- Foreign Language: Students majoring in departments in the College of Liberal Arts must take one foreign language through the 2020 level. The language courses required of all Latin Majors fulfill this foreign language requirement.
- Classics Electives: Language courses beyond the required 3 ½ years may be used as electives.
- Capstone Project: All Latin majors must complete a capstone project (CLS 4100) during either their junior or senior years. Students work closely with a professor on an advanced research project, in conjunction with enrollment in an upper-level Classics course. Students completing a departmental Honors project may substitute 3 hours of CLS 4970 for CLS 4100.
View Bachelor of Arts in Latin program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.
Latin Major Checklist (PDF)
Latin Course Descriptions
- New students: Review the college admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify that you will be majoring in classical languages and cultures.
- Transfer students: Contact the Transfer Admissions Office, as well as the department chair, Dr. Ava Chamberlain, to explore how this major can work for you.
- Current students: If you wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to the department chair, Dr. Ava Chamberlain, to learn how this major can work for you.