Saint Louis University’s undergraduate major in Greek and Latin language and literature
emphasizes the study of ancient texts in their original languages. It’s often combined
with another major — usually art history, biology, English, philosophy or theology.
Major in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature
If you choose to major in Greek and Latin language and literature at SLU, you'll be
exposed to a wide range of significant writers and philosophers and their works.
You'll also be encouraged to study abroad. Many Greek and Latin language and literature
students at SLU choose to live and take Greek and Latin classes in Rome or other Mediterranean
In addition to the experience you gain if you study abroad, you'll also have access
to Saint Louis University's Vatican Film Library and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies on campus, as well as SLU's Language Resource Center.
All students of Greek and Latin language and literature — whether majoring or minoring
— take “LATN 1010: Reading Latin,” “GK 1010: Reading Greek” and an intermediate course
in either Greek or Latin. Greek and Latin languages and literature majors then go
on to take six additional credit hours in each language, as well as other prerequisites
The department has a small but dedicated core faculty that works with other classically
related faculty on campus in departments such as English, philosophy, history, and
fine and performing arts. Faculty help students pursue their interests and attain
an excellent foundation in the classical languages.
Minor in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature
You can minor in either Greek or Latin after taking 18 credit hours in your chosen
language. Nine of those credit hours must consist of upper-division courses.