The Department of Classics

Latin Emphasis

The language of the ancient Romans became, through their Empire, the language of Western Europe. Even after the Roman Empire collapsed, Latin continued as the language of literature, science, philosophy, medicine, law, and religion for over a thousand years: John Milton, Isaac Newton, Baruch Spinoza, and Thomas Aquinas all wrote in the same language as Cicero, Virgil, Caesar, and Plautus.

Consult the GVSU Catalog for detailed program information:

Classics
Classics - Program Description 
Classics, B.A. 
   Classical Languages 
   Classical Tradition 
   Greek 
   Latin 
   Latin Secondary Education 

Classics (minor) 
   Classical Tradition 
   Greek 
   Latin 

Even after the Roman Empire collapsed, Latin continued as the language of literature, science, philosophy, medicine, law, and religion for over a thousand years.

As a language of daily life, Latin evolved into the modern Romance languages of Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian, which are spoken today by over 500 million people throughout the world. It also left deep traces in the structure and vocabulary of many other languages, including English.

The study of Latin, then, opens doors to the history and culture of the classical world and to a wide variety of other fascinating and useful fields as well.

Grand Valley offers a full undergraduate program in Latin, including a major and a minor emphasis in Latin, courses to fulfill the University's B.A. cognate requirement in a foreign language, and courses in Latin literature and Roman culture in translation.

Majors who intend to continue their study in a graduate Program in Classics are strongly advised to take both Greek and Latin.

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