Within the Department of Classics, the major and minor in Latin focuses on the language and culture of ancient Rome from its origins as a small village in central Italy, through its transformation into the capital of a Mediterranean and European empire, to its identity as the ‘eternal city’ and center of Christendom. The study of Latin enables students to read and comprehend a language that has defined a literate and educated citizen of western society since the Roman Empire of the Caesars.
Denison University offers majors and minors in Latin, ancient Greek or Classics. A major in Latin fully prepares students to teach the language at the secondary level and provides the necessary foundation for post-undergraduate study of Latin. Students, however, who are interested in a doctoral degree in classics must also include a commensurate amount of study in ancient Greek.