Greek & Latin Language and Literature, B.A.

Saint Louis University’s study of classical languages is designed for students interested in the sources of Western culture who want to improve their language skills and word power. The B.A. in Greek and Latin language and literature from SLU provides a firm interdisciplinary foundation for students pursuing a liberal arts education facilitated by knowledge of classical languages and culture. This includes law, medicine, theology, philosophy, medieval and Renaissance studies, political science, communication, mythology, anthropology, psychology, art history, cultural criticism, history of education, literary studies and comparative literature.

Studying Greek or Latin languages and literature provides the undergraduate scholar a unique coherence, depth and breadth, offering variety, flexibility and scope. Classical studies expose students to a vast range of significant personalities, influential writing and wisdom literature. It is the “royal road” (via regia) to important moments, ideas and movements in the cultural history of the Western world.

Curriculum Overview

A focus on Greek or Latin language and literature can complement almost any undergraduate degree. The B.A. emphasizes the study of ancient texts in their original languages. It is often combined with another major, usually art history, biology, English, philosophy or theology. Students studying classical languages enjoy small classes and personalized attention. Students have flexibility in their programs, with many types of tutorials or independent study possible.

Students will be exposed to many significant writers and philosophers and their works.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Saint Louis University encourages students to enhance their academic experience by studying abroad. Many students of Greek and Latin choose to reside and take Greek and Latin classes in Rome and other Mediterranean cities.

Students have access to SLU's Vatican Film Library, the only collection outside of the Vatican itself, consisting of more than 37,000 works from the Vatican Library, and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.


Students who graduate with a degree in Greek and Latin language and literature from Saint Louis University are prepared to go on to pursue advanced degrees in fields such as:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Theology
  • Philosophy
  • Medieval and Renaissance studies
  • Political science
  • Communication
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Art history
  • Library science
  • Linguistics
  • Comparative literature

Admission Requirements

Begin Your Application

Saint Louis University also accepts the Common Application.


All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.

To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. 


Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED.

Students who have attempted fewer than 24 semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must follow the above freshmen admission requirements. Students who have completed 24 or more semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must submit transcripts from all previously attended college(s).

In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the Office of Admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University. Where applicable, transfer students will be evaluated on any courses outlined in the continuation standards of their preferred major.

International Applicants

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.


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There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided through grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

Saint Louis University makes every effort to keep our education affordable. In fiscal year 2023, 99% of first-time freshmen and 92% of all students received financial aid and students received more than $459 million in aid University-wide.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by December 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

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  1. Graduates will be able to interpret authentic materials in Greek and Latin.
  2. Graduates will be able to present information, concepts and ideas about Latin literature and culture to inform, explain, narrate and persuade on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences.
  3. Graduates will be able to use Greek and Latin languages and cultures in order to expand their knowledge of other disciplines.
  4. Graduates will be able to compare their own culture with the Greek and Latin cultures.

 Greek and Latin language and literature students must complete a minimum total of 30 credits for the major.

University Undergraduate Core32-35
Major Requirements
Greek and Latin Language and Literature Introductory Courses
GK 2010Intermediate Greek Lang & Lit3
LATN 2010Intermediate Latin: Language & Literature3
or LATN 2020 Intermediate Latin: Rhetoric and Poetry
Greek or Latin Elective Courses
Students also take 24 credits of courses either 3XXX level or higher in Greek and Latin with the Greek or Latin attribute. Both languages must be represented by at least one course. 24
Intermediate Latin: Language & Literature
Intermediate Latin: Rhetoric and Poetry
Roman Letter Writers
Cicero as Essayist
Readings in Saint Augustine
Readings in Select Historians
General Electives55-58
Total Credits120

Continuation Standards

Students with a major in Greek and Latin language and literature must maintain a 2.00 GPA in courses required for the major.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits (excluding pre-college level courses numbered below 1000).
  • Complete the University Undergraduate Core curriculum requirements.
  • Complete major requirements: minimum of 30 credits required.
  • Complete remaining credits with a second major, minor, certificate or electives to reach the minimum of 120 credits required for graduation.
  • Achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average, a 2.00 grade point average in the major(s), and a 2.00 grade point average in the minor/certificate or related elective credits.
  • Complete department- and program-specific academic and performance requirements.
  • Complete at least 50% of the coursework for the major and 75% for the minor/certificate through Saint Louis University or an approved study-abroad program.
  • Complete 30 of the final 36 credits through Saint Louis University or an approved study-abroad program.
  • Complete an online degree application by the required University deadline.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Participation in First-Year Mentoring Activities  
LATN 1010 Reading Latin I 1 3
GK 1010 Reading Greek I 2 3
CORE 1500 Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community 1
University Core and/or General Electives 8
Participation in First-Year Mentoring Activities  
LATN 1020 Reading Latin II 3
GK 1020 Reading Greek II 3
University Core and/or General Electives 9
Year Two
Participation in Second-Year Mentoring Activities  
LATN 2010 Intermediate Latin: Language & Literature 3
GK 2010 Intermediate Greek Lang & Lit 3
University Core and/or General Electives 9
Participation in Second-Year Mentoring Activities  
LATN elective 3
GK elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 9
Year Three
LATN elective 3
GK elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 9
LATN elective 3
GK elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 9
Year Four
GK elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 12
LATN elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 12
 Total Credits120

Students with prior experience in Latin will take a placement test to determine their level. See Program Notes.


Students with prior experience in Greek will take a placement test to determine their level. See Program Notes.

Program Notes

The sequence of courses will vary according to the student’s previous experience with the language and individual preferences.    

SLU’s major in Greek and Latin language and literature requires GK 2010 Intermediate Greek Lang & Lit (3 cr) and LATN 2010 Intermediate Latin: Language & Literature (3 cr), and eight electives (any Greek or Latin upper-division courses, with at least three credits in each language) to equal a total of 30 credits.

SLU Greek and Latin language and literature majors generally complete a second or even a third major in another discipline – for example, history, English, biology, psychology, philosophy, communication, etc.