Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Latin

Course descriptions

The Latin certificate offers students an opportunity to pursue their interest in the Latin language and Classical culture, history and literature.

Notre Dame also offers study tours to countries once controlled by Rome. Credits earned for these tours may be applied toward the certificate, provided that the focus of the tour is related either to the Latin language or to ancient civilization.

Applicants must have adequate proficiency in Latin. All of the requirements for the certificate must be completed within four years from the date of admission. Courses are offered primarily in the summer, some on Saturdays. Fifteen of the 18 credits must be completed at Notre Dame; three credits may be transferred into this program.

Courses taken for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate may be applied toward the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program; or 12 of the credits may be used for a Latin Concentration within the Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching program.

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Curriculum for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Latin (18 Credits)

Required courses
LCL-544 History of Classical Scholarship (3)
LLT-561 Latin Composition (3)

The remaining 12 credits may be chosen from the following electives
LLT-571 Roman Literature and Society (3)
LLT-572 Letters of Cicero and Pliny (3)
LLT-574 Evolution of Latin Literature I (3)
LLT-575 Evolution of Latin Literature II (3)
LLT-580 Aspects of Roman Culture (3)
LLT-585 Readings in the Roman Historians (3)
LLT-587 Fall of the Roman Republic (3)
LLT-590 Poetry of the Augustan Age (3)
LCL-541 Classical Mythology and Its Influence (3)
LCL-542 The Classical Tradition (3)
LCL-555 Cinema and Classics (3)
LLT-525 Master Latin Teacher Workshop (3)

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LLT-101 Beginning Latin I

Studies the fundamentals of Latin vocabulary, forms and syntax through extensive reading of Latin. Laboratory required. LLT-101 is for students with no prior experience in Latin. 3 credits]

LLT-102 Beginning Latin II

Studies the fundamentals of Latin vocabulary, forms and syntax through extensive reading of Latin. Laboratory required. [3 credits]

LLT-103 Intermediate Latin

Helps the student to develop reading and writing skills in Latin by reviewing basic forms, vocabulary and syntax. Special emphasis will be placed on the uses of the subjunctive. Students will read connected passages in Latin, both prose and poetry. Laboratory required. Fulfills the general education language requirement. Prerequisite: LLT-102 or two years of high school Latin. [3 credits]

LLT-203 Intermediate Latin II

Students are introduced to the writings of major Roman authors as they learn more sophisticated constructions in the language. This course prepares students to move into concentrated reading of Roman literature.

LLT-234 Latin Poetry

Offers reading of selections from major Latin poets including Horace, Catullus, Ovid, Martial and others. Includes a thorough review of grammar, exercises in translation and discussion of the poems as literature. Fulfills the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: LLT-103 or placement test. [3 credits]

LLT-258 Readings in Latin Literature

Offers readings of a wide range of Latin authors with literary analysis and study of critical works by classical scholars. Fulfills the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: LLT-103 or placement test. [3 credits]

LLT-334 Roman Drama

Offers reading in Latin of selections from the comedies of Plautus and Terence and the tragedies of Seneca. Several of the plays will be read in their entirety in English translation. Examines the evolution of Roman theatre and its influence. Permission required. Fulfills the general education literature requirement. [ 3 credits ]

LLT-335 Roman Historians

LLT-336 Vergil

Provides opportunities to read the entire Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid in English and selected passages from each in Latin. The reading will be accompanied by some grammar review to strengthen translation skills. Fulfills the general education literature requirement. Permission required. [3 credits]

LLT-358 Roman Thought and Culture

Introduces students to the language and literature, the art and architecture, the philosophical and religious beliefs of the ancient Romans, as well as their contributions in city planning, law and engineering, and their social structures. Fulfills the general education cross-cultural studies requirement. [3 credits]

LLT-408 Early Christian Writers

This course will introduce students to Christian literature of the early medieval period. Biblical texts, selections from the Fathers of the Church, hagiographical writings and poetry will be read in Latin.

LLT-463 Independent Study

Allows the student to undertake an individual program of study in Latin language or literature under the guidance of a member of the department. [3 credits]

LLT-465 Directed Readings

Allows the student opportunities for independent reading of selected passages in Latin under the guidance of a member of the department. Prerequisite: LLT-103. [3 credits]

LLT-490 Poetry of Augustan Age

LLT-496 Teaching Apprecticeship

LCL-541 Classical Mythology and Its Influence

Examines the major Greek and Roman myths and the impact they have had on the post-classical world. Each student will trace a particular myth or mythical theme through later literature, art or music and share the research in a formal paper and an oral presentation. Students will become acquainted with the ancient literary sources of the myths and a variety of modern interpretations. [ 3 credits ]

LCL-543 The Golden Age of Greece

Presents the history, literature, art and architecture of Athens in the fifth century B.C.E. Students will read selections from Herodotus, Thucydides, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes and view several examples of Attic drama and examine current scholarship on these works. Through examination of these primary sources and related current scholarship, students will become familiar with the contribution of this period to the intellectual development of the western world. [ 3 credits ]

LCL-544 History of Classical Scholarship

Introduces students to the contributions of leaders in the field of classical scholarship through an examination of their methods and interpretation in several areas of classical scholarship. Includes textual criticism, historiography, ancient art and archaeology, epigraphy, paleography, philosophy and mythology. Also considers current issues in classical scholarship. Students will complete several short projects involving a variety of scholarly topics and methods. [ 3 credits ]

LCL-555 Cinema and the Classics

Discusses several of Hollywood?s epic films in relation to the description of the same events and historical characters portrayed in ancient Roman literature and history. Films include The Sign of the Cross, Quo Vadis, Spartacus, Ben Hur and The Fall of the Roman Empire. Several episodes of the television series I, Claudius will also be examined and compared with the ancient sources. [ 3 credits ]