School of Arts and Sciences
Once the language of the ancient Roman Empire, Latin is a classical language whose influence is present in many parts of our modern world. Latin roots constitute the foundation of the majority of English words, and studying them is known to improve vocabulary, grammar, and the ability to learn new romance languages.
Who It's For
Latin has been used throughout the Western world in fields like computer science, medicine, law, literature, and education. Westminster encourages students to take Latin classes because of their great practical advantages for careers in the natural, social, and applied sciences.
- Thoughtfully designed course sequence that emphasizes the practical use of Latin roots in modern language
- Small class sizes that facilitate a discussion-based environment that will help you analyze and retain information
- Dedicated faculty that will help you learn at a deeper level
About the Program
What You'll Learn
- Connect ideas across languages and other fields of study by exploring Latin roots and their significance in modern language.
- Understand the historical importance and prominence of the Latin language.
- Communicate your ideas in oral and written form.
Plan of Study
The Latin program is an intensive, 1-year Latin course sequence. Occasionally, May Term classes and trips are offered.
Travel to the Golden Age of Latin literature. Experience an introduction to readings from the authors of the period of stylistic classicism, such as Caesar, Virgil, and Horace.
Studying Latin increases your ability to memorize and comprehend medical terminology and scientific expressions, and train the mind for constant critical thinking that can benefit any field of study.
- Physical science
- Social science
- Computer science
- Global studies