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

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

What is the study of Latin and Latin teaching?

In the Latin and Latin teaching degree option, you’ll study Latin and the civilization, culture and mythology of the Roman world. The program provides the foundation for a career teaching Latin in secondary school. You may pursue a fifth-year of internship and study through the UNH Department of Education in order to prepare to meet teaching certification requirements in New Hampshire and many other states.

Why study Latin and Latin teaching at UNH?

In addition to an excellent foundation in the liberal arts, the Latin and Latin teaching degree program at UNH offers a wide range of courses and opportunities. We are part of the consortium of universities that supports the Intercollegiate Center for the Classical Studies in Rome, and our department also manages a popular January-term course in the ancient city, as well as programs in Greece and Budapest.

Potential careers

  • Latin teacher
  • Linguist
  • Translator
  • Writer

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Curriculum & Requirements

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

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.

Classics majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.

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.

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