Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an Latin major must first meet with a classics advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.
Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.
Latin majors enjoy the linguistic and cognitive challenges of learning a difficult but culturally indispensable (and still living!) language along with the rich literature and culture surrounding it. They tend to be individualists who are deeply committed to acquiring a broad liberal arts education. Many students in the Latin major enjoyed and excelled at Latin in high school, but some of our best majors first learned - and fell in love with - Latin at the University of Texas at Austin.
Students who believes college is a place where one can build up some intellectual muscle, and experience the thrill of genuine accomplishment while doing it, may be a good fit for the Latin major. Studying the language and literature of ancient Rome helps students develop their critical thinking, language, rhetoric, and communication skills while simultaneously deepening the understanding of Western civilization.