Advanced Latin Courses


Our Advanced courses (each 4-credit, semester-long) are designed for students who are already proficient in Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and want to take their reading and translation skills to the next level. Much more than mere language instruction, these courses introduce students to the theological, philosophical, rhetorical, and literary context of an era of Latin theological literature, preparing them to translate in the fullest sense—grasping ideas in their original intellectual context and carrying them over to our own. Classes will include instruction in difficult abbreviations, orthography, and rhetorical figures, and will facilitate close engagement with the text. Students will have the option of working on a lengthy translation project of their own throughout the course of the semester.

As with our Intermediate courses, we offer students whose schedules will not allow them to participate fully to purchase access to the lectures for $200 and proceed at their own pace. Three courses are envisioned at the Advanced level, but exact offerings in any given year will depend on student interest and teacher availability.

LAT 703: Advanced Theological Latin Reading: Reformation and Early Modern (4 credits)—offered Fall 2016

This course, taught by Dr. Aaron Denlinger, will enable you to delve deeply into the linguistic, literary, and theological world of Reformation and Early Modern Latin authors such as Vermigli, Chemnitz, and Davenant. Lectures and background readings will introduce the linguistic and rhetorical distinctives of the use of Latin in this era, the key genres of theological writing, and the technical theological and philosophical terminology that you must grasp in order to read these texts with full comprehension. Students will translate assigned excerpts of never-before-translated Reformation and Early Modern works, or, in lieu of the assigned excerpts, may choose a longer text (~10,000 words) to work through over the course of the semester with input from their instructor and classmates. It takes place over the course of 15 weeks, with 1-1.5 hrs. of recorded lecture, a 1.5-hr. live online class, and 6-8 hours of homework time each week. This course is priced at $560, plus the $200 for lecture access.

LAT 701: Advanced Theological Latin Reading: Patristic (4 credits)—may be offered Spring 2017, dependent on interest

This course will enable you to delve deeply into the linguistic, literary, and theological world of Patristic Latin authors such as Tertullian, Jerome, and Augustine. Lectures and background readings will introduce the linguistic and rhetorical distinctives of the use of Latin in this era, the key genres of theological writing, and the technical theological and philosophical terminology that you must grasp in order to read these texts with full comprehension. Students will translate assigned excerpts of never-before-translated Patristic works, or, in lieu of the assigned excerpts, may choose a longer text (~10,000 words) to work through over the course of the semester with input from their instructor and classmates. It takes place over the course of 15 weeks, with 1-1.5 hrs. of recorded lecture, a 1.5-hr. live online class, and 6-8 hours of homework time each week. This course is priced at $560, plus the $200 for lecture access.

LAT 702: Advanced Theological Latin Reading: Medieval (4 credits)—may be offered Spring 2017, dependent on interest

This course will enable you to delve deeply into the linguistic, literary, and theological world of Medieval scholastic authors such as Lombard, Bonaventure, and Aquinas. Lectures and background readings will introduce the linguistic and rhetorical distinctives of the use of Latin in this era, the key genres of theological writing, and the technical theological and philosophical terminology that you must grasp in order to read these texts with full comprehension. Students will translate assigned excerpts of never-before-translated Medieval works, or, in lieu of the assigned excerpts, may choose a longer text (~10,000 words) to work through over the course of the semester with input from their instructor and classmates. It takes place over the course of 15 weeks, with 1-1.5 hrs. of recorded lecture, a 1.5-hr. live online class, and 6-8 hours of homework time each week. This course is priced at $560, plus the $200 for lecture access.

For details on what each course type entails, see the Terms and Conditions document.

Tutorials : Although we recommend the full courses, given the value of learning in a group setting, we recognize that not everyone’s schedule will allow them to meet at designated class times. Some are also eager to get a start before the next scheduled semester or summer course offering.  Accordingly, we offer one-on-one self-paced tutorials, both as 16-lesson packages covering the same ground as the standard courses, and as custom-built packages. See more at our Tutorials page.

If you are not ready to register but are interested in the courses or have some questions, please use the following contact form.

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Course Schedule

Jan. 23–May 12, 2017:
LAT522—Introduction to Theological Latin, Part II (Flexible Version)
LAT602—Intermediate Theological Latin Reading, Part II
LAT701-3—Advanced Theological Latin Reading Tutorials

Feb. 13, 2017: Registration opens for Summer 2017 courses

May 22-27, 2017:
Residential Intensive Intro Latin (at Davenant House)

June 5-30, 2017:
LAT511: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. I

July 10-Aug. 4:
LAT512: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. II

Aug. 21-Dec. 8:
LAT501: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. I (Standard)
LAT521: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. II (Flexible)
LAT601: Intermediate Theological Latin Reading, Pt. I
LAT703: Advanced Early Modern Latin Reading

FAQs

Do I need to be a graduate student or seminarian to participate?

No, in fact, you do not need to currently belong to an academic institution at all. Pastors, teachers, and independent scholars are welcome as well, although most of our students are currently enrolled at graduate students or seminaries.

I'm not sure which level my current Latin ability is at. Which course should I enroll in?

No problem. We have placement exams which can help us and you determine if you are ready for the Intro Part II, the Intermediate Part I, Intermediate Part II, or Advanced levels. If you’re interested in enrolling but aren’t sure, make your best guess in selecting your course, and then we’ll invite you to take the appropriate placement exam, after which we can re-assess if necessary.

Is there a drop/add date?

We will not normally be allowing students to join one of the classes after the registration deadlines for each course. Students needing to drop a class will be eligible to receive a 60% refund if they drop within the first three weeks of a semester-long course or first week of an intensive course. Students dropping out of a tutorial course may do so at any time and will be refunded $25 for each tutorial unit not yet completed.

How do the live classes work?

All of our live classes use the state-of-the-art videoconferencing software, WebEx, which should work reliably for you as long as you have access to an average-speed internet connection. Recordings of each class, and any “whiteboards” used, will be saved for students who were unable to make a particular class meeting.

Does it matter what time zone I am in?

It is important that you be in a position to participate in most of the live classes in order to discuss the lessons and your work with your professor and classmate. It is our goal to schedule live class times that will fit within normal waking hours for all enrolled students, wherever they live on the globe, though obviously the times will be more convenient for some than others. We will determine the scheduled class times around the registration deadline for each course, depending on the available times indicated by all enrolling students. If the resulting time does not work for you, you will have the option of switching to a self-paced or tutorial approach.

Will I receive credit toward my degree?

Yes, you can. The decision about exactly what credit to award rests with your particular degree-granting institution, however, we currently have credit-recognition agreements in place with three institutions:

You can enroll as a part-time student at any of these institutions to receive credit which you can then transfer back to your home institution. We are in the process of hammering out similar agreements with other institutions. Also, you may request case-by-case credit recognition from your own institution and we would be happy to correspond with your academic officer to help make this possible. We have designed these courses so as to meet accreditation standards for graduate-level theological education, but we are not ourselves a degree-granting institution, and each institution makes its own decisions about if and when to award credits for courses offered by third parties.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, we do offer scholarships for tuition discounts or in rare cases complete tuition coverage. Scholarships are awarded to students in difficult financial circumstances who can demonstrate strong academic ability and discipline, and the importance of these courses to their studies. Scholarships are very competitive, and we have worked to price these courses well below market averages, so we ask that you not apply if you are in a position to pay full tuition. To apply, click here.

Note: Scholarships are not available for tutorials.

What can I do to best prepare in advance for the classes?

Draft syllabi, along with recommendations from our instructors, will be sent out well in advance to all enrolled students.