The master’s degree program in Latin is intended for students who wish to teach Latin language, literature, and Roman history at the high school level. It also is intended for those who wish to transfer to another institution for Ph.D. work.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • understanding of advanced Latin vocabulary and grammar;
  • broad knowledge of ancient Latin literature;
  • comprehension of ancient Roman and Italian history, material culture, and cultural cohesion, differentiation, and development over time; and
  • application of a knowledge of Latin language and Roman culture to modern educational and civic issues.

The Master of Arts program in Latin requires a minimum of 30 s.h. in courses numbered 3000 or above. Students may count a maximum of 12 s.h. earned in courses numbered 3000-4999 toward the degree. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 to earn the degree.

Students must pass a sight examination in Latin and an examination on Roman literature and history.

Courses taken to complete the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Classics do not count toward the degree.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations on the Graduate College website.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Latin, M.A.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
30 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a
Students pursuing the master's degree in Latin who have had no Greek are expected to include it in their programs. Additionally, students must complete Latin Composition. b
First Year
CLSL:4076 Latin Composition 1
CLSL:5001 Latin Survey I: Republican Literature 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
Sight-reading exam in Latin
CLSL:4076 Latin Composition 1
CLSL:5002 Latin Survey II: Imperial to Late Antique Literature 3
CLSA:5010 Proseminar in Classics 1
Departmental Seminar c 3
Second Year
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
Final Exam d
 Total Hours30
Students must complete specific requirements in the University of Iowa Graduate College after program admission. Refer to the Graduate College website and the Manual of Rules and Regulations for more information.
This requirement may also be satisfied by examination. A sight-reading examination in the major language must be taken before the final written comprehensive examination.
Choose from CLSA:6100, CLSL:6011, CLSL:6012, CLSL:6013, CLSL:6014.
Written comprehensive examination on Latin history and literature.