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The Latin major is for students who want an in-depth understanding of Roman culture through Latin language and literature. Students gain senior-level competency in Latin, and are exposed to a wide range of classic texts from the period. They complement their Latin studies with courses in ancient Greek on broader cultural themes in the Classical world. Latin majors often spend a summer, a semester, or even a year studying abroad-often at an American program in Rome-to gain a better understanding of ancient Roman culture at its geographic source.

Students following the 2014-16 Undergraduate Catalog who are interested in ancient history should follow the classical languages major.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an Latin major must first meet with a classics advisor. Making an appointment in advance is recommended. There is no formal application process, but students with over 60 hours completed may need to appeal to declare the major. 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.

Required Courses

Visit the Latin degree plan to see all required courses for the Latin major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and Latin course descriptions.


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.

A small sample of directly related careers

Travel Agent
Foreign Service Officer
Study Abroad Coordinator
Travel Writer
Museum Curator
Community Service Manager
Cultural Anthropologist
Human Resources Manager
Nonprofit Manager

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.