LAT 100 – Introduction to Latin


Latin, the language of the Romans, has exerted a profound influence in the development of the English language. The Latin language has had such an impact on the English language that scholars have estimated that more than two-thirds of the English words are directly connected in their origin to Latin. This course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of the Latin language that will include pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and the ability to read original ancient Latin texts. The body of knowledge of the Latin language gathered in this course will expand the students understanding of the English language, and the depth and richness of the presence of Latin language in everyday communication and all branches of academic learning.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the Latin language.
  • Apply the foundational knowledge of the Latin language in reading ancient Latin texts.
  • Develop a personal appreciation for the influence of Latin in the formation of the English language.
  • Integrate the knowledge of Latin for a better understanding of romance languages such as Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and French, and for a better understanding of the American culture.