Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science
College of Education and Human Development

Latin is the most venerable language in the Western world. Many of the most influential works were written in Latin which was still the language of culture less than 200 years ago. Roman thought permeates the conception of life and what it means to be human.

Some knowledge of the past is essential to the understanding of the present. A knowledge of Latin is very useful for a more thorough understanding of the English language.

Career Opportunities

Latin is excellent preparation for students in pre-law, pre-dental and pre-medical programs. It is also excellent for students who wish to do graduate work in ancient art, history or philosophy.

Completion of a major (or minor) in Latin through the College of Education and Human Development certifies a person to teach the language at the high school level.

The Latin major emphasizes the language. A separate major in classical civilization is available for a broader background in these areas.


Students begin a major in Latin after completing two elementary and two intermediate Latin courses. These courses represent an equivalent to four years of high school Latin. Students who have completed four years of high school Latin can usually move directly into courses which count toward the major. For those who have not completed four years of high school Latin, the number of electives is reduced but the time necessary for completion of the degree is not increased.

Students majoring in Latin select 21 hours of courses in Latin composition, advanced grammar and literary analysis. All programs at the University include a general education component which contains courses in fine arts, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Students who wish to teach Latin follow a program offered by the College of Education and Human Development. This program includes professional education courses. Another component of the program is a Latin teaching apprenticeship to gain experience.

Preparation for College

Students with an interest in Latin should take advantage of the opportunity to study as much Latin as possible in high school. In addition, a solid background in English composition and mathematics is important.

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

Teacher Education Report Card

Bowling Green State University’s 701 teacher education graduates who took the national Praxis II licensing exam in 2004-05 passed at an overall rate of 88 percent (surpassing the state requirement of 80 percent) and met or exceeded the state requirement for licensure in 13 content or teaching specialty areas.

For individuals identifying themselves as BGSU graduates the pass rate on Praxis III, the professional teacher licensure test, was 99 percent.

For detailed information on BGSU students’ pass rates on the national licensing exam, visit the College of Education and Human Development’s website at

BGSU’s teacher education programs are fully accredited at all levels by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For Further Information

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Latin, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: