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About this major

Learn to read works of immense cultural and literary significance by the iconic writers of ancient Rome. Latin is the direct ancestor of nearly 50 modern languages and a major contributor to the vocabulary of many others, including English. It was also the language of European literature, history, science, medicine, diplomacy and law for nearly 2000 years. The Latin major opens up intellectual vistas vital for exploring the past or navigating the present.

A major in Latin gives you an advanced ability to read and critically analyse Latin literature. You will study a wide variety of important works from key periods in the development of this hugely influential literature, gaining an understanding of its themes, preoccupations and Roman cultural significance.

Linguistic ability is developed as you progress through a series of units that introduce, practise and then analyse in context Latin morphology and syntax. You may begin either at 1000 level, if you have no prior knowledge of Latin, or at 2000 level if you have studied Latin previously to HSC-level (or equivalent).

The culmination of the major is in-depth study and a nuanced appreciation of celebrated Roman authors. This major will open pathways to careers in journalism, law, publishing, teaching, government and research, among others.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This major is offered by the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Archivist 
  • Arts management 
  • Journalist 
  • Language teacher 
  • Librarian 
  • Museum and gallery curator 
  • Public service positions 
  • Publisher or editor 
  • Researcher 
  • Translator 
  • Writer
Courses that offer this major

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