A major in world languages prepares the conscientious student for graduate school, teaching, international business, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, and work in volunteer agencies such as the Peace Corps and Doctors without Borders. Language majors are encouraged to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities offered by Georgetown College. A language major or minor is also a valuable complement to other majors such as political science, business, computer science, music, art, English, history, and theatre. Majors and minors are offered in French, German, and Spanish. We also offer a German Studies major. Additionally, the Modern and Classical Languages Department participates in interdisciplinary minors in the following areas: Asian Studies and Classics. Finally, it offers an interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Commerce, Language, and Culture. Majors, minors, and general education students reach different levels of proficiency; however, in accordance with guidelines from the Common European Framework (CEF), and more specifically with the national guidelines (5Cs) from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), all world language students at Georgetown College will:

  • Communicate in languages other than English;
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, including their art, film, literature, history, music, etc.;
  • Connect with other disciplines;
  • Make comparisons to other languages and develop insights into the nature of language and culture;
  • Latin students will use their knowledge of Latin and Greco-Roman culture to better understand the heritage of multi-lingual communities and diverse cultures.

All incoming students with two or more years of high school Latin must take the language placement exam before taking courses in this language.

For the description of the Classics interdisciplinary minor, please see Classics.


101-102. Elementary Latin I and II. (3 hours each) A two semester sequence. Emphasis on grammar and reading with some attention to writing skills. Elementary Latin I Fall; Elementary Latin II Spring

201. Intermediate Latin. (3 hours) A course designed to bring students up to the required proficiency level at Georgetown College. Completion of grammar foundation; increase in reading skills using selected original Latin texts. Prerequisites: LAT 102 or by placement exam. Fall

202. Intermediate Latin Reading. (3 hours) Continued development of Latin reading skills and study of Roman literary culture, focusing on selected ancient authors. Prerequisite: LAT 201 Spring as needed

340. Independent Study (1, 2, 3 hours). As needed