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Latin Minor

Affiliation: School of Arts & Letters

As a link between all the modern Romance languages, studying Latin provides insight into the workings of many modern languages. About two-thirds of English words come from Latin, and many Latin expressions — “Carpe diem” and “Seize the day” — are still used in English today.

Students will take Latin at any level (elementary, intermediate, and advanced) or even a course in Latin prose composition. They will read texts based on Roman comedy while studying the fundamentals of Latin at the elementary level; prepare intermediate readings from authors such as Cicero, Sallust, Ovid, Catullus, and Apuleius; and do advanced work in epic poetry, drama, philosophy, Medieval and Renaissance Latin, and history.

Many disciplines are related to Latin – such as art history, rhetoric, ancient history and philosophy. Students can expand their interest in Latin by taking courses in Greek or Roman literature in translation, mythology, classical civilization, and gender studies, or pursuing a Classics major.


  1. A 2.00 GPA in minor requirements.
  2. At least nine hours of the program requirements must be completed at Truman State University.
  3. The Latin Minor requires the successful completion of at least 15 credits from the listed courses below.
  4. No grade of ‘D’ is accepted toward the Latin Minor.
  5. A maximum of 8 credit hours may double count for this minor and any other minor or major.

Program Requirements (15 credits):

a) Three Latin language courses numbered 251 or above; and
b) At least two of the following related courses: