HUM/REL 493 - Advanced Latin


Course Description

This course is a continuation of studies in the Latin language. There will be set assignments to be completed each week and a MidTerm and a Final Exam. Readings and exercises from the textbooks and other library and InterNet resources will be required. It will be important for the students to keep up with all reading and written assignments.
This is a 3-credit-hour course, so when taken as a Web-based Course it is the equivalent of 3 one-hour lectures per week with at least another 3 hours of individual study and class assignments per week. As a general guide, students should schedule about 6 hours per week for this course, i.e. about an hour a day, Monday through Saturday, with Sunday for a brief review of the past week's work. Students who work steadily for an hour-or-so each day on this course should have no difficulty in getting a good Grade. Students who make a habit of leaving the week's work for an overnighter on Sundays will probably not do very well.

Objectives of the Course

To enable the student :

  • to read classical and medieval Latin texts.
  • to become more fluent in reading and translating Latin texts into English.
  • to gain knowledge of the lives of selected Latin authors.
  • to gain knowledge of the history and development of the Latin language.
  • to gain knowledge of the cultural setting of the Roman Republic and Empire (economic, political, social, and religious).
  • to gain knowledge of the Latin roots of English words.
  • to continue reading Latin texts related to Western Civilization, Music, and Religion.
Student Expectations

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students should refer to the university catalogue for a definition of academic dishonesty and its penalties, or they should go to this Web Page and familiarize themselves with the relevant material.
Grades will be based on Exams and weekly class assignments. The Final Exam will be given during Finals' Week at the end of the semester. Students are expected to take exams at the times scheduled. Students who cannot take an exam at the scheduled time are expected to take the exam at an earlier time. Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible so that necessary accommodations may be made.

ENMU Reasonable Accommodation statements :

  1. Any student eligible for and requesting academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide an academic accommodation form from Services for Students with Disabilities within the first two weeks of the beginning of classes.
  2. Instructors are to receive an academic accommodation form within the first two weeks of classes when there is an existing disability.
  3. If you have a specific disability that qualifies you for academic accommodations, please provide an academic accommodation form from Services for Students with Disabilities within the first two weeks of the semester.
Course Prerequisites :

Satisfactory completion of Intermediate Latin (part 2), HUM/REL 493

Suggested Background Knowledge/Skills : Students should be comfortable with reading and writing at College level, and should have sufficient word processing and study skills to be able to complete assignments without overstraining themselves.

The Instructor and Office Hours

The instructor is available to meet with any student regarding any matter. The instructor will be available at the office hours posted, and at other times by appointment. Students may contact the instructor by phone 9 am to 9 pm. Home phone 763-0101, with an answering machine to leave messages, or e-mail Dr. Rollinson


Grades will be based on : Exams + Assignments

Computation of Grades
90 - 100 % = A
80 - 89 % = B
70 - 79 % = C
60 - 69 % = D
0 - 59 % = F

Wheelock's Latin Reader
Harper-Collins Reference Edition, ISBN 0-06-093506-5 or 978-0-06-093506-1

Wheelock's Latin (6th or later Edition) Revised by Richard A, LaFleur
Harper Resource Press, ISBN 0-06-095641-0, available in the ENMU Bookstore
NOTE - If you go shopping for this book on Amazon or other suppliers - be sure that you do not get an earlier edition (which would not have all the examples of Latin texts which were added to the 6th edition), and be sure that you get an "American" edition and not an "English" one. The original English editions list some of the grammar in a different order.

Course Organization

The course is divided into 15 units corresponding roughly to the weeks of the semester.
Each "Weekly Unit" will contain 5 sections, corresponding to the days Monday-Friday of the week. It is intended that students complete the section for the day each day, and write and save the daily work to one file for the week. The completed Unit of five sections should be e-mailed to the instructor by 9 am on the following Monday. The work should also be saved to disk in case there are problems with emails going astray.

  1. Assignments - The Assignments for each week are due by 9 am on the Monday of the next week.
  2. Late Work - For work to be eligible for an "A" Grade, it must be e-mailed to the instructor on time. Students may send their assignments in early, and are advised to do so whenever possible. Work may be sent in up to 2 weeks late, but will drop a letter Grade per week that it is overdue.
  3. Makeup - Because of the nature of this course, in which students do not have to attend classes at particular times on particular days, there is no provision for "make-up" work.
  4. Exams - There will be a Mid-term Exam, and a Final Exam, both of which will count towards the Course Grade.
  5. Extensions - extensions will only be granted under grave extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor. If you think that you may need an extension, you should contact the instructor ahead of time with your request, and explain the situation.
Anticipated Student Workload

5 hours per week reading and learning, 1 hour per week InterNet


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Last Updated : July 15, 2017

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