Classical Languages Course Descriptions

Introductory Latin

(2 Semesters of 4 credits each semester during first year of studies)
A study of the grammar and syntax of the Latin language.  Instruction emphasizes correct morphology and the principles of word-formation, as well as developing basic skills in composition and spoken Latin.

Introductory Greek

(2 Semesters of 4 credits each semester during first year of studies)
A study of the grammar and principal syntax of the Greek language (both classical and koine). Instruction emphasizes correct morphology and the principles of word-formation, as well as developing a structural knowledge of the language through composition.

Intermediate Latin

(2 semesters of 3 credits each during second year of studies)
A study of a major work of classical or early Christian Latin literature. After a review of advanced syntactical structures, students read extensively one or two great authors such as Horace, Virgil, St. Augustine, or Erasmus.  More important than merely a study in the art of translation, the course assists the student in developing the ability to read Latin literature as literature and comment on artistic qualities in an intelligent manner, correctly identifying tropes, allusions, and appreciating the beauty of the works read.

Intermediate Greek

(2 semesters of 3 credits each during second year of studies)
A study of a major work of classical or early Christian Greek literature.  After a review of advanced syntactical structures, students read extensively one great author such as Sophocles, Plato, St. Paul, or St. John Chrysostom.  More important than merely a study in the art of translation, the course assists the student in developing the ability to read Greek literature as literature and comment on artistic qualities in an intelligent manner correctly identifying tropes, allusions, and appreciating the beauty of the works read.