Every year, several levels of Ancient Greek and Latin courses are offered through the Classics Department under L09 and L10 course numbers respectively. Both majors and non-majors are welcome in all language courses, and various combinations of these courses will fulfill the LC requirement of the new (2012-) undergraduate curriculum.
• L09 Greek 101D (Fall) and 102D (Spring) constitute the introductory course in Ancient Greek grammar and syntax.
• L09 Greek 317C (Fall) and 318C (Spring) are the follow-up courses to 101D-102D and center around readings from unmodified ancient prose and verse texts respectively, with integrated grammar review.
• L09 Greek courses at the 400 level are advanced seminars involving substantial readings in Greek, readings from modern scholarship, and research projects.
• Less regularly, L09 Greek 301 (The New Testament in Context) is offered; interested students should discuss prerequisites with the instructor.
Students who arrive at Washington University having already studied some Greek should contact the instructor of 101D-102D to discuss proper placement. A placement exam for Greek is available from Prof. William Bubelis, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, (firstname.lastname@example.org); Prof. Catherine Keane (email@example.com); or Cathy Marler, the department administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Latin offerings are more numerous. There is also a Latin Placement Exam; all incoming students with Latin should carefully read the following description of courses and instructions for taking the exam.
Any incoming student with a background in Latin who intends to continue studying the language at Washington University should first take the online Latin Placement Exam. The objects of this exam are to introduce new students to the expectations of the Latin program at Washington University and to group together students with similar abilities. Therefore, previous coursework and/or completion of the AP Latin exam are not sufficient to determine placement. The Placement Exam can be taken at any time of year, but anyone who takes it outside of the usual placement season (mid- to late summer) should be sure to notify the Classics Department Administrator that he/she has done so.
In general, all students who do not (or do not yet) have an advisor in the Classics Department are encouraged to discuss their course options at any stage with the Classics Department's Latin Placement Advisor, Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and/or any of the current Latin instructors.
• L10 Latin 101D (Fall) and 102D (Spring) constitute the introductory course in Latin grammar and syntax. With a sufficient score on the Placement Exam, incoming students with Latin may place out of this level.
• L10 Latin 301 (Fall) and 3161 (Spring) introduce the student to reading modified and unmodified ancient texts alongside extensive grammar review. With a sufficient score on the Placement Exam, incoming students with Latin may place out of this level; a student who completes 101D-102D with grade of B+ or better can also be placed out of this level.
Note: L10 301 and 3161 may be taken in either order, and a student who places into this level should be able to begin study in Fall or Spring equally comfortably. A student enrolled in either course must consult his/her instructor before choosing the next course.
• L10 Latin 3171 (Fall) and 3181 (Spring) center around readings from unmodified ancient texts with selective grammar review. Incoming students with Latin may place into this level (but no higher) with a sufficient score on the Placement Exam. Students who complete 101D-102D with grade of B+ or better can also enroll.
Note: These two courses may be taken in either order. A student who places into this level should be able to begin study in Fall or Spring equally comfortably, but must complete both courses in order to move to the 400 level.
• L10 Latin courses at the 400 level are advanced seminars involving substantial readings in Latin, readings from modern scholarship, and research projects.
Note: No student should enroll in a 400-level course without having completed both 3171 and 3181. Exceptions (e.g. for transfer students with equivalent prerequisites) will be considered after discussion between the student and all relevant instructors.
The Latin Placement Exam is available online to any student at Washington University and to entering freshmen who have a university ID number. The exam, which should take about one hour to complete, consists of 40 multiple-choice questions on basic grammar and 30 multiple-choice questions on the syntax of short sentences. It is not designed to test vocabulary, although command of basic vocabulary will be important to success with the questions. Exam-takers must not use a grammar or dictionary during the exam, although many find it helpful to review beforehand and all are encouraged to do so.
The exam is located at https://asapps.artsci.wustl.edu/flpe/. Use a computer with a high-speed connection. Problems have arisen for students who try to take the exam on a Mac, so exam-takers are advised to use a PC. Be sure to take the exam in a quiet place where you can focus. Use your Washington University ID and use the password "test" to begin. Exam results will be displayed (briefly) on the screen when you have finished, and will be recorded and archived by the Classics Department. If you do not see the results, or if you have any other problems or questions while taking the exam, you can contact the Classics Department administrator, Cathy Marler (email@example.com). The four-year advisors of all incoming students are provided with placement recommendations so that they can assist in registration. Students who wish to discuss their exam results or placement are encouraged to consult with the Latin instructors for the semester in question, and/or with the placement exam administrator, Professor Catherine Keane (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students seeking to obtain back credit after taking the AP Latin Exam need to complete a 300-level Latin class at Washington University with a grade of B or better. Back credits in Latin are not applicable toward the Classics major or minor requirements.