Greek and Latin Languages and Literature
Visit the Modern and Classical Languages page for more information. Download a fact sheet about SLU's Greek and Latin Languages degree.
Overview: What types of students are interested in studying classical languages? Students wanting to improve their word-power and language skills. Students interested in the sources of Western culture. Students seeking firm foundations and interdisciplinary depth in their liberal arts education.
Students who intend to pursue studies that are facilitated by knowledge of classical languages and culture, including law, medicine, theology, philosophy, medieval and Renaissance studies, political science, communication, mythology, anthropology, psychology, art history, cultural criticism, history of education, literary studies, and comparative literature.
Curriculum: You can easily incorporate a certificate in Greek or Latin or Classical Humanities into your undergraduate degree program by using existing core requirements. The degree in Greek and Latin Language and Literature emphasizes the study of ancient texts in their original languages. The major in Classical Humanities stresses ideas, history, and culture. These degrees are often combined with another major, usually art history, biology, English, philosophy, or theology. Students studying classical languages enjoy small classes and personalized attention. Students have flexibility in their programs, with many types of tutorials or independent study possible. Students have access to computing facilities that offer computer software and internet support for Latin and Greek studies.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages sponsors Eta Sigma Phi, the classical honors society.
Faculty: We have a small but dedicated core faculty that works with other classically-related faculty on campus in other departments like English, philosophy, theological studies, history, and fine and performing arts. We can help you to pursue your leading interests and to attain an excellent foundation in the classical languages. Students also enjoy the resources afforded by the staff at Saint Louis University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Vatican Film Library.
Careers: While most graduates of this program continue in other fields, a few recent graduates have pursued graduate studies in classical languages. Alumni have attended graduate schools such as the City University of New York and Washington University. Other graduates have entered such fields as law, theological studies, social work, art history, hospital administration, and education. These students have attended graduate and professional schools such as the University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, Bowling Green State University, Northwestern University, and Saint Louis University.