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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

109 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Latin consists of two concentrations: Literature and Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy.

The concentration in Literature and Culture is intended for those who wish to increase their knowledge of literature and culture along with their command of the language.

The concentration in Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy is intended primarily for students who wish to teach in elementary and secondary schools or beginning and intermediate levels of post-secondary study, and to increase their effectiveness as teachers.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), goal statement, three letters of recommendation and a 5-10 page writing sample in English (research paper or essay), which should be accompanied by a signed declaration that the sample is original work and that the applicant received no help in its preparation. Please refer to the University policy for graduate admissions.

Graduation Requirements

Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy: Students must successfully complete 36 semester hours of coursework and a final project, a portfolio, or a comprehensive examination. Additionally, students will complete an exit oral interview and an exit essay examination. Specific course requirements include LAT 66211 and CLAS 51006 or CLAS 51301 plus 6 hours of courses in Latin literature and Roman culture/civilization, of which 3 hours must be literature courses (12 hours).

In addition, students must successfully complete MCLS 50660*, 60601, 60661 and 60698 (12 hours), 9 hours of graduate courses in second-language pedagogy, and 3 hours of graduate electives.

Literature: Students must successfully complete 33 semester hours of coursework plus a comprehensive final examination based on the Latin reading list or 27 semester hours of coursework plus a thesis. A minimum of 18 semester hours must be courses in Latin language and literature.

Students may combine a graduate major in Latin with a minor in another field with the approval of the adviser by completing 21 semester hours in Latin courses and 12 semester hours in another language or department. A graduate student majoring in another field may elect a minor in Latin by successfully  completing 12 semester hours in Latin.

*Students who are already licensed to teach language in Ohio may, with departmental approval, substitute a graduate second-language pedagogy elective for MCLS 50660.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Demonstrate skills in Latin composition, Latin comprehension, the analysis of Latin literature, and understanding of the Roman cultural context within which literature was produced.

2. Demonstrate understandings of the Roman cultural context within which historical writings were produced, demonstrate the ability to distinguish between ancient and modern cultural values and to recognize historical biases, and demonstrate the ability to use primary source materials to better understand the culture of ancient Rome.

3. Be proficient in reading Latin and will demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, history and culture of Roman civilization.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Students are encouraged to enroll in study-abroad programs (limit 6 hours) and in specialized workshops in advanced language or pedagogy (limit 4 hours). Departmental permission must be obtained before enrolling in such programs.