The study of ancient Latin begins each fall quarter with the first quarter of a year-long grammar sequence: Beginning Latin (LTLA 1), Intermediate Latin I (LTLA 2), and Intermediate Latin II (LTLA 3).
By the end of the first year students will have mastered the basics of ancient Latin grammar and have read selections from some of the major Roman authors, including Ovid, Cicero, and Nepos.
The goal of this sequence is to introduce students to reading ancient Latin. This is accomplished through the careful reading of Latin passages that become gradually more complex as we advance. There is no speaking or listening component.
Much of the first quarter is devoted to the mastery of the forms of Latin words. This is necessary because each word in Latin can take on many more spellings than the average English word. By the second quarter, the memorization component decreases and students begin to tackle sentences and paragraphs of greater complexity, so that by the end of the third quarter, the perusal of short texts becomes possible -- a gratifying reward after two terms of dedication to the smaller elements of the language.
Charles Chamberlain's brand-new Latin textbook presents Latin grammar using sentences and passages from ancient Latin authors.
Literature and College Requirements
Literature majors can fulfill their secondary literature requirement by completing a minimum of three LTLA courses, at least one at the upper division level. Revelle and Roosevelt students can fulfill their foreign language breadth requirements by completing an upper division LTLA course. Muir students can partly satisfy breadth requirements by completion of LTLA 1-2-3.
Students who have studied Latin at a school or college before arriving at UCSD should contact the Classics advisor for the Department of Literature to discuss the level of Latin appropriate for their continued study of the language.