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Greek and Latin Languages and Literature

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 cities.

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 and electives.  

Curriculum
  • GK 1010-1020: Reading Greek I and II
  • LATN 1010-1020: Reading Latin I and II
  • GK 2010: Intermediate Greek: Language and Literature
  • LATN 2010: Intermediate Latin: Language and Literature
Internships and Careers

Students who graduate with a degree in Greek and Latin language and literature from Saint Louis University are prepared to go on to pursue advanced degrees in fields such as:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Theology
  • Philosophy
  • Medieval and Renaissance studies
  • Political science
  • Communication
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Art history
Faculty

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.


Faculty-Student Ratio

Small Class Sizes  

Greek and Latin language and literature students at SLU enjoy small classes and personalized attention in a program that is flexible and offers many opportunities for tutorials and independent study.