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Westminster College of Arts and Sciences

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The Latin Program at Westminster University

Once the language of the ancient Roman Empire, the common tongue of the Medieval West, and the way to communicate in academic settings through the seventeenth century, Latin is a classical language whose influence is still surfaces in many parts of our modern world. Latin roots constitute the foundation of many English words, and studying them is known to improve vocabulary, grammar, and the ability to learn new romance languages. In fact, anyone interested in writing, teaching, editing, law, or other careers that depend on a solid understanding of the building blocks of language should take Latin. It has been used throughout the Western world in fields like humanities, computer science, medicine, law, literature, and education.

In Latin courses. students research how the language influences their field of interest. Westminster encourages students to take Latin classes, not only because of their great practical advantages, but also because Latin is the gateway to a deeper understanding of history and culture.

What You'll Learn in the Latin Program

In the Latin program at Westminster, you'll learn:

  • Roots for many English words
  • An expanded English vocabulary
  • An understanding of the building blocks of language
  • Facets of ancient Roman culture, including politics, art, myth, and more
  • Roman influences on medieval and contemporary cultures and practices

Sample courses

  • LATN-110: Latin I

  • LATN-111: Latin II

Career Opportunities

Studying Latin increases your ability to memorize and comprehend medical terminology and scientific expressions, and train the mind for constant critical thinking that can benefit any field of study.

potential careers

  • Medicine
  • Physical science
  • Social science
  • Law
  • Education
  • Computer science
  • History
  • Global studies

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Our Faculty

Georgiana Donavin


key benefits

  • Thoughtfully designed course sequence that emphasizes the practical use of Latin roots in modern language
  • Small class sizes that facilitate a discussion-based environment that will help you analyze and retain information
  • Dedicated faculty that will help you learn at a deeper level


plan of study

The Latin program is an intensive, 1-year Latin course sequence. Occasionally, May Term classes and trips are offered.