The Latin language lives on in the fields of science, literature, medicine, religion and law. In many ways, a strong foundation in Latin helps us to better understand the roots of our own language.
The 9-course program in Latin will provide you with a foundational understanding of the language and culture of ancient Rome. In addition, classical studies will prepare you for graduate-level work in a variety of fields, including archeology, art history, biblical studies, law, linguistics and more. You may also take Latin to fulfill your foreign language core requirement.
Careers in Latin
- Latin teacher
See job placement rates for Calvin grads.
Participate in Classics Club; volunteer with local branches of JCL (Junior Classical League); serve as a tutor
Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.
- Bruce and Esther (VanManen) Drukker Family Scholarship
- award amont: $2,000
- junior or senior
- GPA 2.5+
- financial need required; preference to those also pursuing a degree in secondary education in addition to a degree in Classical Languages
- automatic consideration
- Ralph Stob and Boertje Family Scholarship
- award amount: $1,700
- any class level
- GPA 2.5+
- financial need not required; preference given to those interested in teaching Latin as a career
- prospective students submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing your qualifications by February 1; returning students are given automatic consideration
Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Latin as a:
- Latin Major to teach at the Secondary level - see program requirements
- Latin Minor to teach at the Secondary level - see program requirements
Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:
Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.