Why Study Latin and Classics at JCU?

  • Latin is the language of Plautus, Terence, Cicero, Vergil, Horace, Ovid, Saint Augustine, and Saint Francis of Assisi!
  • After the Roman conquest of Britain under Emperor Claudius, the native Picts’ Celtic language first became infused with Latin, then merged with the new invaders’ Germanic (Anglo-Saxon) dialects, and finally became English.
  • Thus, Latin can be a great aid in building vocabulary and language skills in English!
  • Until the birth of nation states in the seventeenth century, Latin was used as the lingua franca by intellectuals and scientists, hence its importance today.

The Core Language Requirement and Beyond!

  • The Latin Section participates in the University Core Curriculum by offering all levels of language instruction, from elementary through advanced.
  • Courses in Latin culture and literature as well as courses in Classical Studies (taught in English) fulfill the International, the Literature, the Diversity, and the Writing-intensive course requirements.

But What Can I Do With Latin and Studies in Classics?

  • Knowledge of Latin is valuable for pre-med students and those wishing to specialize in the history of classical art, in philosophy, or religious studies.
  • Latin is also important for students who wish to major in biology, English, history, pre-law, philosophy, pre-medicine, and religious studies.
  • Majors in classical languages have gone on to successful careers in such diverse areas as teaching, law, banking, library science, diplomatic service, and business.

More at JCU!

  • You can join the JCU Classics Club for exciting extra-curricular activities!
  • For more information, see the JCU Classics web page.

For one of the most comprehensive guides ever written, consult the web site of the “National Committee for Latin and Greek!”