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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Latin at USC

Latin at USC


The classics program offers a major in classics which allows concentration in Greek or Latin languages or Classical Studies. Minors are offered in Greek, Latin, or Classical Studies. The program offers courses in Greek and Latin; courses in translation (CLAS); and courses in the departments of art history, comparative literature, history, philosophy, and religious studies to provide a variety of enhancements to the study of literature and language of the ancient world. Adjunct faculty include Carl D. Evans (Religious Studies); Adam Schor (History), Heike Sefrin-Weis (Philosophy), Jill Frank (Political Science) and Erin Roberts (Religious Studies).

Program Requirements for Classics Major with Latin Concentration
(120 hours)

1. General Education Requirements (53-62 hours)
For a general outline, see College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Program Requirements

LATN at the 300 level or above (18 hours)
GREK at the 300 level or above (6 hours)

3. Cognates
See College requirements.
Note: These courses must be selected in consultation with the student's major adviser (12 hours)

4. Electives
See College requirements.

Courses

Latin (LATN)

121 Elementary Latin. (4)
Grammar and vocabulary necessary for fundamental reading skills. Assumes prior experience in Latin. Admission only by proficiency examination. Credit may be received for only one of the following: 109/110 or 121.

122 Basic Proficiency in Latin. (3)
Practice and further development of essential reading skills. Admission either by placement examination or successful completion of Latin 110 or 121. Offered each semester.

230 Medical and Scientific Terminology.
[ = GREK 230] (3)
Greek and Latin elements in the formation of medical and scientific vocabulary; designed for students intending to enter the scientific and health professions. No previous knowledge of Greek or Latin required.

301 Advanced Readings in Latin Literature. (3)
A survey of Latin literature designed for the student who wishes to develop a major or cognate in Latin.

314 Intensive Grammar Review in Latin. (3)
Intensive grammar review for non-majors; designed as preparation for LATN 315.

315 Intensive Readings in Latin. (3)
Intensive reading for non-majors. Graduate students fulfill their foreign-language reading requirement with successful completion of the course. Undergraduates may take the course as an elective only. Grades S/U for graduates and undergraduates.

321 Virgil. (3)
Readings from the Aeneid.

322 Latin Literature of the Golden Age. (3)
Selected readings in prose and poetry of representative authors.

342 Latin Composition. (3)
A study of Latin syntax in order to translate English prose into Latin. Instruction is individualized.

399 Independent Study. (3-6)
Contract approved by instructor, adviser and department chair is required for undergraduate students.

501 Latin Drama. (3)
Selected plays of Plautus and Terence.

502 Cicero. (3)
Readings from a variety of Cicero's works to gain a concept of the man as a humanist.

504 Horace. (3)
Readings from the Odes.

508 Ovid. (3)
Selected readings from the Metamorphoses.

513 Tacitus. (3)
Agricola or selections from the Annales.

514 Livy. (3)
Readings from Ab Urbe Condita.

525 Roman Satire. (3)
Readings in Horace, Juvenal, and Petronius.

530Latin Erotic Poetry. (3)
Readings from the elegies of Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid.

537 Lucretius. (3)
Readings from the De Rerum Natura.

551 History of Latin Literature from the Origins to the
Golden Age. (3)
Readings from the Twelve Tables to Virgil, supplemented by readings in history and scholarship. Designed to prepare majors and honors students for further study.

552 History of Latin Literature in the Silver Age. (3)
Readings from Ovid to Ammianus, supplemented by readings in history and scholarship. Designed to prepare majors and honors students for further study.

560, 561 Independent Study. (1-3 each)
(Prereq: permission of head of department)
Special projects for independent study and research.

575 Teaching Latin in Secondary Schools.
[ = EDSE 577] (3)
Current methods, techniques, and materials of instruction appropriate for secondary schools