Latin Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

Imperium Romanum (the Roman Empire) once sprawled across Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor. Centuries after its demise, its linguistic and cultural influences continue to exist. The study of Latin opens windows on a culture that influences our world through the arts and literature as well as fields as diverse as medicine, engineering, law and government, to name a few. Likewise, the study of its contribution to the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of English enhances one’s knowledge of that language. The Latin program offers beginning and intermediate courses that incorporate authentic texts drawn from archaic to classical times, including secular, theological and liturgical works. Students will learn to read and translate the language and to understand its indelible impact on modern English. Also offered are special topics courses—both lower- and upper-division—which focus on some aspect of language, literature, and culture.

Students may elect to major in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a concentration in Latin in either the Humanities or European Studies track. Upper-division courses will be completed in disciplines such as history, philosophy, political science, and theology and religious studies. These courses are conducted in English. With the prior permission of the Director of Interdisciplinary Humanities, LATN 294, LATN 394, and LATN 499 may be counted toward the requirements of both tracks. The Classical Studies minor (Option 1) requires LATN 101-201 and makes LATN 202 one of the choices from a list of lower-division courses. With the prior permission of the Director of Classical Studies, LATN 294, LATN 394 and LATN 499 may be counted toward the requirements.