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ODU offers four options to fulfill the Language degree requirement: French, Italian, Latin and American Sign Language.
These are the current course descriptions including any pre- and co-requisites.
LAT 109 - Latin Elements of the English Language
3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the classical roots found in the English language, enabling them to broaden their vocabulary and develop reading comprehension and verbal reasoning skills. The course is designed to prepare students for language components on graduate admissions, including the LSAT, GRE, GMAT and MCAT.

The course will also introduce students to specialized vocabulary used in various fields, including law, government, and medicine. This course does not fulfill the language requirement.


LAT 110 - Elementary Latin I
3 Credits

Fundamentals of Latin grammar; vocabulary development with emphasis on Latin roots in English; introductory readings from classical and/or ecclesiastical writers. LAT 111 Elementary Latin II 3 Credits Continuation of Latin I.

Prerequisite: LAT 110 or Latin placement test. Fulfills Language Requirement.


LAT 310 - Readings in Classical Latin
3 Credits

This course will focus on the reading of classical texts in the original Latin. Selections will be drawn from the Golden Age (80BC – 43BC) and Augustan period (43BC-14AD). Authors may include Lucretius, Catullus, Cicero, Caesar, Virgil, Horace, Livy, and Ovid. Emphasis will be placed on consolidating language skills in preparation for advanced work in Latin texts. Most translation work will be conducted in class, supplemented by the student’s independent preparation of assigned excerpts.

Prerequisite: LAT 111.


LAT 320 - Readings in Medieval Latin
3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the reading of Medieval and Ecclesiastical texts in the original Latin. Selections will typically include extracts from the Vulgate, Church Fathers, chronicles, letters, hagiography, scholastic treatises, and poetry. Most translation work will be 237 conducted in class, supplemented by the student’s independent preparation of assigned excerpts.

Prerequisite: LAT 111.


LAT 1/2/3/485 - Special Topics
1-3 Credits

Concentrated study in a particular area of Latin, for example, Vergil, Cicero, lyric poetry, comedy, the historians. Repeatable.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


LAT 2/3/486 - Independent Study
1-3 Credits

Intensive individual work in Latin.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, academic advisor, division chairperson.