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Latin Minor

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Improve your language, communication skills, and understanding of English and the romance languages.

Total Credit Hours: 18 

Latin Minor Requirements (18 Hours)


What You'll Study

Studying Latin will help deepen your understanding of many other languages. It provides insight to the source of language as we use it today. Much of current language and institution is based upon the models of classical culture and language. Latin also provides the root words for the modern sciences, law, government, politics, and theology.

Having a knowledge of Latin prepares you for fields including law, political science, medicine, history of science, anthropology, literary studies, history, linguistics, communications, and education.

At Virginia Tech, you will study the Latin language, composition, literature, and culture. Courses include Readings in Latin Literature, Latin Epic: Vergil and Ovid, and Late and Medieval Latin.



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Beyond the Classroom

VT in Rome and More

We encourage you to study with us on our summer abroad trips to Riva and Rome and month-long trips to Greece in alternating years. Contact any of the Classical Studies faculty for help finding an exciting program of study.


Undergraduate Research

There are many opportunities to submit papers to conferences and publish research in peer-reviewed journals like Philologia. You are encouraged to participate in independent study or undergraduate research with a faculty advisor.

Classical Studies also edits and produces the on-line journal, Electronic Antiquity.


Contact Us
For more information or to add this minor to your Virginia Tech course of study, contact:

Dr. Andrew Becker
335 Major Williams
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5362