Classical Studies, Greek, and Latin Programs

Program Advisor: Shannon Dubenion-Smith

Western's Classical Studies Program offers two types of minors to students: Classical Studies and Classical Languages.

Course Offerings

Visit WWU ClassFinder to view the days, times, and openings for courses during the academic year.

Classical Studies Courses

A study of Greek myths as a vital and evolving feature of Greek religious and intellectual life from Homer through Hesiod and Aeschylus to Euripides.

Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: HUM

Survey of the major Greek texts - epic, dramatic and narrative - in translation with emphasis on those works which have shaped the classical tradition.

Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: HUM

A survey of highly influential works of Latin literature which serve to define the Roman character and Empire along with discussion of major lines of interpretation of these works and the continuous influence they exercised on the literature of the next two millennia.

Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: HUM

Varying topics, such as individual genres (e.g., epic, tragedy) or eras (fifth-century B.C. Athens, the Mediterranean World in the first century A.D.), will be treated from quarter to quarter. See the Timetable of Classes for offerings. Repeatable with different topics up to 10 credits, including original course.

Prerequisites & Notes: CLST 350 or CLST 360 or CLST 370 or HUMA 121 or ENG 281
Credits: 3-5
Grade Mode: Letter

Greek Courses

Fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar designed primarily to provide an elementary reading knowledge; selected readings from various Greek writers.

Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter

Fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar designed primarily to provide an elementary reading knowledge; selected readings from various Greek writers.

Prerequisites & Notes: GREK 101
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter

Fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar designed primarily to provide an elementary reading knowledge; selected readings from various Greek writers.

Prerequisites & Notes: GREK 102
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: BCOM

To be taken in sequence. Review of fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar; reading from Plato’s dialogues, the orators, the Iliad or Odyssey. Introduction to Greek civilization.

Prerequisites & Notes: GREK 103 or equivalent
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: BCOM​

Review of fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar; reading from Plato’s dialogues, the orators, the Iliad or Odyssey. Introduction to Greek civilization.

Prerequisites & Notes: GREK 201
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: BCOM

Review of fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar. Selected readings from Greek authors with an emphasis on honing grammatical skills and deepening one's understanding of Greek literary and cultural achievements.

Prerequisites & Notes: GREK 202
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter

Latin Courses

Fundamentals of grammar to provide a reading knowledge; selected readings from various Roman writers.

Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter

Fundamentals of grammar to provide a reading knowledge; selected readings from various Roman writers.

Prerequisites & Notes: LAT 101
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter

Fundamentals of grammar to provide a reading knowledge; selected readings from various Roman writers.

Prerequisites & Notes: LAT 102
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: BCOM

To be taken in sequence as the first in an intermediate language sequence. Review of fundamentals; selected readings from various Roman writers; introduction to Roman civilization.

Prerequisites & Notes: LAT 103 or two years of high school Latin
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: BCOM

To be taken in sequence as the second in an intermediate language sequence. Review of fundamentals; selected readings from various Roman writers; introduction to Roman civilization.

Prerequisites & Notes: LAT 201
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: HUM

To be taken in sequence as the third in an intermediate language sequence. Review of fundamentals; selected readings from Roman writers with an emphasis on honing grammatical skills and understanding Roman literary and cultural achievements.

Prerequisites & Notes: LAT 202 or equivalent.
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: HUM

Readings in major Roman authors of the late Republican and early Imperial periods; introduction to classical literary analysis.

Prerequisites & Notes: Two years university-level Latin or equivalent.
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter

Readings in the Christian Latin authors of the European Middle Ages. Introduction to Latin paleography, Medieval literary genres and prosody.

Prerequisites & Notes: Two years university-level Latin or equivalent.
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter

Selections from authors of the European Renaissance, Reformation and modern periods; special attention given to the continuity of Classical literary traditions.

Prerequisites & Notes: Two years university-level Latin or equivalent.
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter

Classical Studies Videos

We invite you to visit Professor Engelsing's YouTube channel to view a handpicked selection of videos in Latin.

Mensa Latina - Latin Club

Mensa Latina, the Latin Table, meets every Thursday from 5 - 6 p.m. in Miller Market. Additional help is available from 4:30 - 5 p.m. We practice Latin through a variety of activities, including conversations, activities, games, projects, and lessons. Usually, the meetings are conducted entirely, or almost entirely, in Latin, but this can change based on the needs of the students. All students are welcome, as we can tailor the lessons to fit the desires of the group. Dr. Eduardo Engelsing and Dr. Miller Krause are the faculty advisors.

Nuntii Latini: Latin Webcast

Nuntii Latini, Latin News, is a weekly podcast recorded by the second year Latin students and Professor Miller Krause. We began January 26, 2017 and have continued every Thursday thereafter. Nuntii Latini, through Western Washington University, is the only Latin podcast in the United States and has already been shared by teachers and students all over the world, including those in Spain, French Guiana, as well as around the United States. This is one of our newest projects, but hopefully it continues for years to come.

Learn more about Nuntii Latini