Why study Foreign Language: Concentration Latin at APSU?
Majors in foreign languages at Austin Peay are all classified as receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages with a Specialization in the target language, e.g. Latin. The following courses are required for the B.A. in Foreign Languages with a Specialization in Latin.
Students with a Latin specialization will earn a deeper understanding of Classical Studies, Classical Civilizations, and the rich culture of the time. Courses include: Women in Antiquity, Mythology, Rhetoric, and many others.
The programs are language intensive, but also have a healthy component of courses in the cultures of Greece and Rome. More information on the specifics of each program can be found at the pages that follow. APSU also has an active chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics Honors Society.
What will I learn?
Our students acquire a firm understanding of one foreign language and culture, and will learn the rudiments of a second foreign language and culture. At a deeper level, it means that our students will acquire the skills requisite to learning other languages, and thus, they will become comfortable in the languages and cultures of other countries. At its most profound level, students can break down the barriers of time and space and can see the world through the eyes of previous generations. Consequently, instead of relying on translations for understanding the histories and cultures of various peoples, our students come into direct contact with the minds of others.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge.
What Do Foreign Language: Concentration Latin Majors Do After Graduation?
Not surprisingly, foreign language majors end up in a wide variety of jobs. We have had students who majored in foreign languages go on to become high school teachers and college professors, as one might expect. However, our majors have also gone on to work in government agencies, including one student who is the Chief Logistics Officer for Kandahar. Finally, foreign languages serve as a gateway for a variety of careers, including international business, international law, law enforcement, military translators, and many others.
So we all know how much fun it is to study these excellent languages and the cultures of those who spoke them, but what sort of gainful employment can one get with a degree in Latin? The answer is that with a Latin degree you can do almost anything you want. The highest scores on the LSAT exam every year go to Classics majors. Also students with Latin degrees have a higher success rate getting into Medical School than students who only major in sciences.
- Superb training for Law School
- Business majors utilize this abroad
- Helpful with Computer Science
- Superb training for Medical School
- Creative Writing