If you want to major in Latin, Western Michigan University offers two options for you. The first is a language, literature and culture program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. The second is also a language, literature and culture program, but it leads to a teaching degree from the College of Education and Human Development.
Both options include a strong focus on Roman culture. Basic coursework covers fundamental, intermediate and advanced Latin, Latin literature, and Greek and Roman mythology or ancient literature in English translation. To round out your program, you will choose electives with the help of your advisor. Electives may include Basic Greek I and II, and Romans on Film. The education curriculum is similar to the arts and sciences curriculum, but provides you with an additional course in Latin literature and training that will prepare you to teach the language at the middle and high school levels.
If you are interested in earning Latin credits through participation in a study abroad program, you must meet with an advisor well in advance of such study to plan properly and obtain approval for credits to be taken as part of the required or elective hours for the major.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in Latin are working in many different industries and types of organizations, including:
- Businesses and banks
- Charitable organizations
- Education, all levels
- International exchange programs
- Non-governmental organizations
- State and federal government
- Travel and tourism
Sample job titles include:
- Cultural officer
- Customs or immigration officer
- Foreign correspondent
- Intelligence specialist
- International banker
- Language teacher
- Museum curator