Latin

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The major in Latin provides a solid preparation in Latin.

Declaring the Major

The easiest way to declare a major is to meet with an undergraduate adviser, who will have all the necessary forms. Please also see the Letters & Science Advising site for a guide to declaring a major.

Honors Program

Students who are declared majors in Latin and who have a GPA (both general and departmental) of at least 3.6 are eligible for honors in Latin. The honors program consists of a two-semester course sequence, LATIN H195A and LATIN H195B, that is designed to support the writing of a thesis. This thesis, which will be evaluated by an honors committee of three members, may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Latin major or may be a newly conceived project. It is due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which Latin H195B is taken.

Further details can be found online at Classics Undergraduate Honors. Please consult with a Classics undergraduate adviser to begin planning to participate in honors.

Minor Program

The Department of Classics offers a minor in Latin Studies. For information regarding how to declare the minor, please contact the department. Please see the Minor Requirements tab on this page for details regarding the requirements for this minor.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Department of Classics

Classical Languages (Major only)
Classical Civilizations (Major and Minor)
Greek (Major and Minor)

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Summary of Major Requirements

Lower division: Two courses8
Elementary Language: One or Two courses8-10
Intermediate Latin Composition: One course4
Basic Reading: Three courses12
Senior Reading: Four courses16
One additional upper division course from the list of recommended courses (see below)4
Total Units52-54

Lower Division

CLASSIC 10AIntroduction to Greek Civilization 14
CLASSIC 10BIntroduction to Roman Civilization 14
Total Units8
1

 To completed, if possible, by the end of the student's junior year.

Elementary Language

Select one of the following:8-10
Elementary Latin
and Elementary Latin
Intensive Elementary Latin
The Latin Workshop
Total Units8-10

Intermediate Latin Composition1

LATIN 40Intermediate Latin Prose Composition4
Total Units4
1

  To be completed as soon as possible after completing LATIN 100.

Basic Reading

LATIN 100Republican Prose4
LATIN 101Vergil4
LATIN 102Lyric and Society4
Total Units12

Senior Reading

Select four courses from the following:16
Roman Drama
Lucretius, Vergil's Georgics
Latin Epic
Latin Prose to AD 14
Tacitus
Post-Augustan Prose
Medieval Latin
Readings in Medieval Latin
Total Units16

Recommended Courses, Upper Division Requirement

Select one course from the following:4
Additional course in GREEK
Additional course in LATIN
Additional course in CLASSIC
Elementary Sanskrit
Elementary Sanskrit
The Art of Ancient Greece: Archaic Greek Art and Architecture (750-480 B.C.)
The Art of Ancient Greece: Classical Greek Art and Architecture (500-320 B.C.)
Roman Art
Ancient Greece: Archaic and Classical Greek History
Ancient Greece: The Greek World: 403-31 BCE
Ancient Rome: The Roman Republic
Ancient Rome: The Roman Empire
Byzantium
Plato
Aristotle
History of Political Theory
Rhetoric in Law and Politics
Total Units4

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Upper Division
Select five upper division courses in Latin language and related courses:
At least three courses must be in the Latin language.
Up to two courses may be courses with substantial content relevant to Latin literature, philosophy, culture, or history.

College Requirements

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide.

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Student Learning Goals

Mission

The learning goals should be understood in the context of the mission statement of the Department of Classics. The first two components of that statement are especially relevant to undergraduate teaching and are repeated here:

  • To give students across the University access to the literature, history, archaeology, mythology, and philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman world through an array of undergraduate courses on classical culture in translation. These courses introduce students to texts, artefacts, and ideas that are worth studying both in their own right and as abidingly influential elements in the imagination and history of later cultures. Such study deepens students' understanding of present-day issues by inculcating a sense of historical perspective that takes account of both the differences and the continuities between contemporary and ancient cultures.
  • To enable undergraduates to immerse themselves in the language and culture of ancient Greece and Rome through its majors in Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilizations. These majors equip students with knowledge and analytical skills that can be applied in many areas (e.g., law, politics, business, biosciences, computer science, and media) as well as providing essential preparation for graduate study in classics, comparative literature, philosophy, and other fields.

Learning Goals for the Majors

  1. Acquire a basic grounding in the vocabulary, morphology, and syntax of classical Latin.
  2. Practice the skills needed to use dictionaries, grammars, and other resources to read intermediate texts accurately and to deal comfortably with at least some advanced texts in the original language(s).
  3. Learn to identify and understand key events, institutions, personalities, places, and concepts of ancient Greek and Roman culture.
  4. Gain a critical awareness of continuities and differences between and within cultures and of ideologies of gender, group identity, social status, and political organization.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to interpret texts and material culture and to understand the implications of interpretive methods.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize a well-organized argument from textual or other evidence and to express it in formal English prose.

Courses

Latin

LATIN 1 Elementary Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Beginners' course.

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LATIN 2 Elementary Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Beginners' course.

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LATIN 10 Intensive Elementary Latin 8 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Beginners' course (intensive); equivalent to Latin 1-2.

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LATIN 15 The Latin Workshop 10 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
Designed for anyone who wishes to acquire reading knowledge of Latin; replaces 2+ semesters of traditional study. Lectures, discussions, drills and tutorial sessions on grammar and vocabulary; readings in Latin prose and poetry (e.g., Cicero and Ovid).

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LATIN 40 Intermediate Latin Prose Composition 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Development of skills in writing Latin prose and sight reading; review of grammar.

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LATIN 98 Directed Group Study for Freshmen and Sophomores 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015

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LATIN 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015

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LATIN 100 Republican Prose 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Selected readings in Caesar, Sallust, and Cicero; some review of grammar.

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LATIN S100X Republican Prose 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Summer 1995 10 Week Session
Selected readings in Caesar, Sallust, and Cicero; some review of grammar.

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LATIN 101 Vergil 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Selected readings from Vergil.

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LATIN 102 Lyric and Society 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Reading in Catullus and Horace, and of short selections from prose literature of their periods.

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LATIN 115 Roman Drama 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2009, Fall 2008
Readings in Comedy (Plautus and/or Terence) and Tragedy (Seneca).

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LATIN 116 Lucretius, Vergil's Georgics 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2013, Fall 2011
Readings in the De Rerum Natura and the Georgics.

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LATIN 119 Latin Epic 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2014, Fall 2010
Readings in Latin epic poetry.

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LATIN 120 Latin Prose to AD 14 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2009
Readings in Latin prose authors such as Sallust, Cicero, Caesar, and Livy.

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LATIN 121 Tacitus 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2008, Fall 2005
Readings in Tacitus.

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LATIN 122 Post-Augustan Prose 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2013
Readings in Seneca, the younger Pliny, and other prose writers.

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LATIN 140 Medieval Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Introduction to medieval Latin: readings in prose and poetry from Cassiodorus to the Italian Renaissance, with emphasis on certain periods.

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LATIN 155A Readings in Medieval Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2010, Spring 2006
Study of texts selected from the early, high, or late medieval periods. Focuses on prose.

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LATIN H195 Honors Course in Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Largely independent study for one semester building on work in a previous upper-division course used in fulfillment of the Latin major; the work will result in the writing of a thesis, to be evaluated by an honors committee of three members. Written thesis due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which the course is taken.

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LATIN H195A Honors Course in Latin 2 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2016
This is a two-semester Honors course [H195A-B]. The work for the Honors course may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Latin major or may be a newly conceived project. The work will result in the writing of a thesis, to be evaluated by an Honors committee of three members. Written thesis due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which the course is taken.

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LATIN H195B Honors Course in Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2016
This is a two-semester course [H195A-B]. The work for the Honors course may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Latin major or may be a newly conceived project. The work will result in the writing of a thesis, to be evaluated by an Honors committee of three members. Written thesis due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which the course is taken.

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LATIN 198 Directed Group Study for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015

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LATIN 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Frank Bezner, Associate Professor. Medieval Latin literature; Medieval literary culture; Neo-Latin; Intellectual history.
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Susanna Elm, Professor. History of the Later Roman Empire, pagan - Christian interactions, ancient medicine, slavery and the evolution of Christianity, leadership and empire, reception of antiquity.
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Giovanni R. F. (John) Ferrari, Professor. Classics, ancient philosophy, Greek culture, ancient poetics and rhetoric.
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+ Mark Griffith, Professor. Gender and sexuality, Greek literature and performance, Greek and Roman education, Greek tragedy and comedy, Hesiod and wisdom literature, ancient music.
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Christopher Hallett, Professor. Classics, Roman art, visual culture, portraiture, Hellenistic art, Roman Asia Minor, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt.
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Todd Hickey, Associate Professor. Classics, papyrology, Greek, Egyptian, social and economic history, late antiquity.
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+ Leslie V. Kurke, Professor. Classics, Greek literature and culture, archaic Greek poetry, Herodotus.
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Sara Magrin, Assistant Professor.

Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
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+ Kathleen Mccarthy, Associate Professor. Classics, Roman literature and culture, slavery.
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Trevor M. Murphy, Associate Professor. Ethnography, classics, Roman prose authors.
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Ellen Oliensis, Professor. Latin Literature, Ovid.
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Nikolaos Papazarkadas, Associate Professor. Greek epigraphy, Greek history.
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J. Theodore Pena, Professor. Roman archaeology, Roman and pre-Roman Italy, city of Rome, Pompeii, ancient economy, ceramic analysis, material culture studies.
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Dylan Paul Sailor, Associate Professor. Rhetoric, classics, Greek literature, Latin Literature, ancient Greek, Latin, historiography, ancient Rome, ancient Greece.
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Kim S. Shelton, Associate Professor. Ceramics, classical civilization and archaeology, Aegean prehistory, religion/mythology.
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+ Andrew F. Stewart, Professor. Archaeology, classics, Greek sculpture, ancient art and architecture, the Hellenistic east after Alexander, the Renaissance reception of antiquity.
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Lecturers

Lisa Pieraccini, Lecturer.

Tom Recht, Lecturer.

Yasmin Syed, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

William S. Anderson, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Latin Literature.
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David J. Cohen, Professor Emeritus. Human rights;war crimes & trials;Indonesia & East Timor; Guantanamo & Abu Grahib;Sierra Leone Special Court;International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda & Former Yugoslavia;Classics;ancient rhetoric & history, classical Greek law;political/legal theory.
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William Fitzgerald, Professor Emeritus.

+ Erich S. Gruen, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek and Roman history, Jews in the Greco-Roman world.
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Ralph J. Hexter, Professor Emeritus.

Robert Knapp, Professor Emeritus.

Anthony A. Long, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek literature, ancient philosophy.
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Donald Mastronarde, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek literature, Greek drama, Greek textual transmission, Greek literary papyrology, Greek palaeography.
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Stephen G. Miller, Professor Emeritus. Archaeology, classics, Greek and Roman art, ancient architecture, Greek athletics.
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Michael N. Nagler, Professor Emeritus.

Ronald S. Stroud, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek history and literature, Greek epigraphy.
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Leslie L. Threatte, Professor Emeritus.

Florence Verducci, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Classics

7233 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4218

Fax: 510-643-2959

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Department Chair

Ellen Oliensis

7211 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-9207

eolien@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Faculty Adviser

Nikolaos Papazarkadas

7209 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-7201

papazarkadas@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Faculty Adviser

Kim Shelton

7207 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-5314

sheltonk@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer

Cassandra Dunn

7228 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-3672

cassandrajj@berkeley.edu

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