Latin Major and Minor
Haverford’s Latin major/minor offers students the opportunity to study Latin and to enrich language study with complementary inquiry in an allied discipline.
At the core of the major is the belief that Latin is vital to understanding not only the ancient world but also a range of disciplines and a variety of historical periods.
This major is one of four offered by the Classics Department. A small department with wide reach, we offer students the benefits of a close-knit academic community as well as access to a range of classes and faculty through our collaboration with Bryn Mawr’s Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies.
Curriculum & Courses
We encourage students in the major to do coursework in almost any field that they can link to their language studies. Many of our majors have pursued their particular interests through work in English, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Art History, Archaeology, History, and Music, though many other fields are possible.
Students pursuing the Latin major must be able to read Latin at an advanced level, which entails six courses in Latin beyond the elementary level. At least four of them must be at the advanced level or above. Through discussion and critical analysis, language classes at this level (200- and 300-level) typically address a particular theme, text, or topic related to ancient language or culture.
They must also take a minimum of three classes at a level above introductory in a related field. The major culminates with each student participating in the department-wide Senior Seminar and producing a Senior Thesis.
Six semester courses in Latin, at least two of which must be at the 200 level or above. The department may reduce the number of required courses for those who are already beyond the elementary language when they begin the minor.
Research & Outreach
At once an intermediate Latin course and an introduction to the study of Latin literature and culture, this classics class investigates who the Romans were by studying how they described friendship and their friends, and those enemies who resisted, betrayed, and bedeviled them.
The Latin major has earned both a Haverford Classics Utraque Lingua grant and a fellowship from UC Berkeley to attend that university's Intensive Greek Workshop for 10 weeks this summer.
Grossweiner chose to explore ancient ethnicity and leader/subordinates relationships in her thesis.
Subashi is a management fellow at the Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy consultancy, where he focuses on launching work in the impact economy space.
Keogh will be an associate brand manager for Hasbro after completing an MBA at NYU's Stern School of Business.
Horn stumbled into the museum field through a summer internship that eventually led to a post-graduation editorial assistant position.
The Latin major is working on a Classics Ph.D. at Yale University.
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