About the Program

We have been teaching Latin at UIUC for over 100 years! Our Latin program reflects the department’s traditional strength in classical philology (the close study of texts at the level of the word or phrase).

The UIUC Latin program emphasizes:

  • grammar and translation skills
  • vocabulary
  • Latin morphology and syntax

The textbook is Learn to Read Latin, a grammar and reader all in one with an accompanying workbook. Learn to Read Latin offers a thorough grammar-based introduction to Latin, enabling students to move directly to real Latin prose when they have completed this textbook. Our Latin classes also introduce Roman history and culture through supplemental readings (e.g., from Hans H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina).

The four introductory courses, LAT 101, 102, 103 and 104 (4 hours each) need to be taken in sequence. All are offered every term, but not usually in the summer (for summer study options, see the Latin Program Coordinator). Occasionally the sequence is offered in an accelerated version (LAT 105 and 106, 8 hours each). After LAT 104, students normally take 301 and 302 (3 hours each). There are no 200 level Latin classes. Courses above the level of 302 can be taken in any order.

Inquiries about Latin 101–104, majoring or minoring in Latin, placement and proficiency credit, or Latin teacher education should be sent to



The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The Department of the Classics - 4080 Foreign Languages Building
707 South Matthews Avenue - Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-1008 -