Classics Major: Latin & Latin Teaching Option (B.A.)

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The Latin and Latin Teaching (LLT) option is designed to provide a good foundational liberal arts education centered on Latin and the Roman world, but it also includes specific elements that make it particularly appropriate for students who are considering careers teaching Latin in secondary schools after graduation. This option does not lead directly to state certification, which can be pursued during a fifth year of study in the Department of Education.

To complete the LLT option of the classics major, a student must complete 10 courses (40 credits), distributed as follows:

Latin Language Courses
Select at least 20 credits of LATN courses at the 504 level or above 120-24
Other Courses
CLAS 401Classical Mythology4
CLAS 406Introduction to Roman Civilization4
Select 4-8 credits of electives 24-8
Select one of the following:4
Classical Myth II: The Power and Persistence of Myth
Golden Age of Rome
Capstone Experience
Select an approved capstone experience of the following:
Senior thesis
Honors thesis
CLAS capstone course at the 600 or 700 level
At least 12 credits in 700-level LATN courses
Approved external internship
Supervised Practicum (4-credit internal Latin teaching internship)
Approved semester study abroad focused on the classical world
Total Credits36-44

At least 4 credits must come from LATN 631 Latin Prose Composition and at least 4 credits must come at the 700 level.


An up-to-date list of these courses is always available from department advisers, and these advisers can also approve exceptions in writing. (At present, the following CLAS courses do not count: CLAS #402 Hellenic and Roman Institutions, CLAS 405 Introduction to Greek Civilization, CLAS 411 Elementary Hittite ICLAS 412 Elementary Hittite II-CLAS 413, CLAS #414 Elementary Sanskrit II, CLAS #506 Introduction to Comparative and Historical Linguistics, CLAS 525 Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms, CLAS 595 Topics/CLAS 596 Topics, CLAS 694 Supervised Practicum.) Besides CLAS 401 Classical Mythology and CLAS 406 Introduction to Roman Civilization, no other 400-level courses may count. No Greek language courses are required for the LLT option, but students are encouraged to complete at least the introductory sequence (401–402).

There are also courses taught outside of the program that are approved substitutes for CLAS courses, and the department will accept up to 8 credits from such courses. An up-to-date list of these courses is available from departmental advisers and additional exceptions are allowed with the written approval of the adviser.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses for the Classics LLT option may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second major.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Please note that the LLT option does not by itself meet New Hampshire state certification requirements. Those who intend to pursue this certification should enroll in EDUC 500 Exploring Teaching as early as possible and then apply early in the fall of their year of graduation for a fifth year of internship and study through UNH's Department of Education. Students are also encouraged strongly to consider taking some EDUC electives during their period of undergraduate study.