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 language, culture and literature as well as courses in Classical Studies (taught in English) fulfill other additional core 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.

Careers opportunities for those who study Classics, Greek or Latin 

  • Study of Classics Greek, or  Latin is well regarded by a wide range of employment and graduate recruiters. You will acquire and develop a wide range of high level transferable skills, including: excellent verbal and written communication; critical and analytical abilities; organisational skills; and creative thinking.


  • Classics, Greek and Latin are widely recognized by employers as intellectually demanding subjects chosen by students with clear academic potential, a passion for their discipline, and an appetite for hard work. There is also a level of independence implicit in the decision to pursue such studies which is founded on a student’s clear-headed assessment of his or her potential to develop new skills upon graduation. Their choices as they enter the job market echo the seriousness of their individual motives for choosing to study the ancient world.
  •  Students progress to careers in diverse fields ranging from law, banking, and the civil service, through publishing, journalism and heritage, to the creative arts, teaching and the charitable sector. Some also continue with postgraduate study and academic careers. The skills you develop (linguistic, analytical, literary, historical, and philosophical) will equip you to work creatively across traditional boundaries and in quite diverse areas.

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!”