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    Latin was the language of the Roman Empire, is one of the preeminent languages of the Western humanistic and intellectual tradition, and serves as the basis of modern Spanish, French, Italian, Catalan, and Romanian. Learning Latin involves the study of the literature, history, culture, and society of the ancient Mediterranean world.

    In addition to improving your English vocabulary, spelling, and knowledge of medical and scientific terminology, studying Latin cultivates the ability to read closely and astutely, think logically, and express yourself precisely and lucidly, which are valuable skills that every employer wants. The study of Latin also correlates with improved scores on such standardized tests as the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, and GRE. In short, learning Latin is valuable… and fun! 

    Majors & Certificates 

    Classics Major, Classical Humanities Major, Latin Major; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


    Toni Landis,

    Nandini Pandey,

    Study Abroad 

    You can study Latin in Greece and Italy. Contact International Academic Programs for more information, and check out the Majors Advising Page for Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

    Student Organizations 

    Classics Society; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.

    First-Year Interest Group (FIG) with Latin
    Classical Myth and Modern American Culture