A minor in Latin is an excellent way to pursue the study of Latin beyond the General Education World Languages courses and to explore an interest in reading famous authors and philosophers (Ovid, Cicero, and others) in their native language.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • ability to read Latin at an intermediate to advanced level;
  • knowledge of major literary works and written sources from the Roman world; and
  • understanding of the impact that the political, intellectual, and social environments of the people from ancient Rome have on our own modern culture.

The undergraduate minor in Latin requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in Latin courses (prefix CLSL), including at least 12 s.h. in advanced courses numbered CLSL:2000 and above taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

A maximum of 6 s.h. of work for another University of Iowa major, minor, or certificate and up to 3 s.h. of lower-level transfer credit may be counted toward the minor.

Students who earn the minor in Latin may not earn the B.A. in classical languages; students who are interested in a minor in Greek at the same time as this minor should consider the minor in classical languages instead. Students who earn a minor in Latin may not earn a minor in classical languages.

The sequence CLSL:2001 World of Cicero and CLSL:2002 Golden Age of Roman Poetry, and Department of Classics courses numbered 3000 or above are considered advanced for the minor. Students may substitute a maximum of 3 s.h. for the CLSL requirement with one of the relevant advanced-level courses taught in English from the following.

CLSA:3240/ANTH:3277Roman Archaeology3
CLSA:3514Roman Religion and Society3
CLSA:3742/WRIT:3742Word Power: Building English Vocabulary3
CLSA:3980Teaching in the Classics1,3
ARTH:3350/CLSA:3232Art of Early Rome: Patrons and Politics3
ARTH:3360/CLSA:3233Art of the Ancient Roman Empire3
ARTH:3370/CLSA:3234Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii3
ENGL:3288/CLSA:3288Shakespeare's Romans: The Ancient World Meets the Elizabethan Stagearr.
HIST:3448/CLSA:3148Barbarians and the Fall of Rome3
HIST:4400/CLSA:4400The Roman Empire3
HIST:4406/CLSA:4106Warfare in Ancient Mediterranean Society3
TRNS:3179/CLSA:3979/ENGL:3850Undergraduate Translation Workshop3

Students who enter the University with prior competence in introductory Latin may substitute 3 s.h. of lower-level CLSL courses with CLSA:1020 Love and Glory: The Literature of Rome. Students who have taken high school Latin should consult the advisor.

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, Minor

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students must complete a minimum of 15 s.h. in Latin courses (prefix CLSL), including at least 12 s.h. in advanced courses numbered 2000 or above taken at the University of Iowa. One advanced course in CLSA numbered 3000 or above may be counted toward the minor; see General Catalog for list of approved courses.
A maximum of 6 s.h. of work for another University of Iowa major, minor, or certificate and up to 3 s.h. of lower-level transfer credit may be counted toward the Latin minor.
Coursework in the Latin minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
CLSL:1001 Elementary Latin I a, b 5
 Hours5
Spring
CLSL:1002 Elementary Latin II b 5
 Hours5
Second Year
Fall
CLSL:2001 World of Cicero 3
 Hours3
Spring
CLSL:2002 Golden Age of Roman Poetry 3
 Hours3
Third Year
Fall
Minor: Latin elective (prefix CLSL) numbered 3000 or above or relevant classics course (prefix CLSA) c 3
 Hours3
Spring
Minor: Latin elective (prefix CLSL) numbered 3000 or above or relevant classics course (prefix CLSA) c 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours22
a
This course is a prerequisite for the required minor courses.
b
Language level placement will be determined by placement exam score and/or oral interview. Students who place into the 3rd semester level of the language will begin coursework at that level and will not be required to take semesters 1-2 of the language.
c
Students may substitute a maximum of 3 s.h for the CLSL requirement with one relevant advanced-level course taught in English. See General Catalog or contact academic advisor for course list.