Ever wanted to learn Latin and meet the NWC Language and Culture
requirement? Of course you have; I mean, who hasn't?
Now you can do just that!
Fall 2023 Latin 101 MWF 2:10-3:10
Spring 2024 Latin 102 MWF 2:10-3:10
Fall 2023 | Latin 101 MWF
Spring 2024 | Latin 102 MWF 2:10-3:10
ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME
FAQs about Latin at NWC
here. I teach classes primarily in ancient and medieval
history at Northwestern and have been on the faculty for 19
years. I am a scholar of Late Antiquity and early
Christianity, and Latin is one of the ancient languages I work
with regularly. I really enjoy ancient languages, and I find
it fun to introduce students to Latin.
Here's a fun fact: when Northwestern was founded as a
classical academy, Latin was part of the curriculum and all
students had to take it. Those were the days! In more recent
times, I offered Latin for the first time in 2008-2009, and I
have taught it a total of six times. The last time I taught it
Yes, Latin truly is for all majors. To give you an idea of the
range of students who have taken Latin, here is a partial list
of the majors of students who have successfully completed
Latin 101 and Latin 102: Biology, Business, Chemistry,
Computer Science, Exercise Science, Literature, Nursing,
Philosophy, History, Political Science, and Theater. If you
are interested; you are welcome.
We will focus primarily on classical Latin, the language of
the ancient Romans. In Latin 102, however, we will get into
some medieval Latin, and, in particular, we will read from the
Biblia Sacra Vulgata, the Latin translation of the Bible that
Christians used throughout the European Middle Ages.
The vast majority of students need to take both classes. You
need to pass Latin 102 to meet the requirement. If you have a
good background in Latin already, then you can jump directly
into Latin 102. Otherwise, you need to take and pass Latin 101
to get into Latin 102.
Full disclosure: each time I have taught Latin, I have had a
few students drop the class during first semester. In most of
these cases, it was a matter of trying to balance busy
schedules and other classes with the time required to succeed
at Latin. In my experience, for most students Latin "clicks"
at some point in first semester and they get into a rhythm of
working with the grammar, vocabulary, and translations. But,
yes, some students find it challenging. To be successful, you
will need to memorize vocabulary, learn new grammatical
concepts, and keep up with daily homework. If you have
questions about this, I would be happy to talk to you about
what it looks like to take Latin 101 and Latin 102.
We do talk about the presence of Latin in the modern world,
and, yes, a feature of the class is HPL (Harry Potter Latin).
We will look at examples of J. K. Rowling’s creative adaption
of Latin in her book series. Having said that, you will not
need a wand for this class. Though I did have a student once
who insisted on bringing her conductor's baton to class on
days we started the hour with HPL. Thankfully, she never
cursed me with her wand.
Contact Professor Winn
Have more questions? Drop Prof Winn an email or come by his office
(VPH 305B) to get some answers.