Core Requirements in Latin or Greek


Students fulfill the language requirement for the Core by having mastered Latin through the Intermediate level, or by having mastered Greek through one advanced course (i.e. a 3000-level course). "Mastery" is determined either by a placement test (see last paragraph, "Advice to Freshmen") or by your having passed the appropriate prior courses at UD. In effect this means that you can fulfill the language requirement in any of five basic ways, depending on your language and your level:

(1) BEGINNERS in either language--defined as those who cannot pass an Intermediate-level placement test--must take 4 courses: (A) Elementary Latin I and II plus Intermediate Latin I and II, or (B) Elementary Greek I and II plus Intermediate Greek plus 1 advanced Greek course.

However, BEGINNERS WHO HAVE HAD SOME LATIN, but still cannot qualify for Intermediate, may wish to take, instead of Elementary Latin I & II, a course called Latin Grammar Review. This "intensive" course covers all of Wheelock in one semester, and is for students who have learned all or most of Latin grammar but have half-forgotten it. After that, you take Intermediate I & II.

(2) "INTERMEDIATE I" LATIN STUDENTS, i.e. those who pass the test admitting them to Intermediate Latin I, must take two courses: Intermediate Latin I and II.

(3) INTERMEDIATE GREEK STUDENTS, i.e. those who pass the test admitting them to Intermediate Greek, take 2 courses: Intermediate Greek and 1 advanced Greek course.

(4) "INTERMEDIATE II" LATIN STUDENTS, i.e. those who pass the test admitting them to Intermediate Latin II, need to take only Intermediate Latin II.

(5) ADVANCED STUDENTS, i.e. those who pass our Advanced-level placement test in either Greek or Latin, have already fulfilled their language requirement for the Core.


ADVICE TO FRESHMEN. As it says above, your language level as a freshmen is determined by a Latin or Greek placement test (i.e. not by AP results, or by how many years of the language you've had). The placement tests for Latin can be taken online at http://www.udallas.edu/classics/exams.cfm. (There try to guess your level, and take the highest-level test that you feel you can pass.) That for Greek is not online; if you wish to take it, you should contact Dr. Karl Maurer at filokalos@aol.com.