As a department, we take special pride in our high standards for the study of the ancient languages. During the summer, we offer live, fully online courses that provide the equivalent of up to four semesters of university-level study for academic credit, in either Greek or Latin. Those with prior background can also choose advanced-level language courses.
A special discounted tuition rate, $540 per credit hour for summer 2023, applies to all summer online language courses (prefixed GR or LAT) offered by the Department of Greek and Latin. Each course carries either 3 or 6 credit hours and is charged accordingly.
All elementary- and intermediate-level language courses meet for three hours per day, five days per week. All courses have at least one section that convenes online from 9:30am-12:30pm EDT; elementary-level courses also offer an evening section from 6:30pm-9:30pm (each student enrolls in only one section of a given course). The only exception is LAT 517B, which meets in the afternoons.
The university's official timetable for summer courses is released each year in late February/early March: choose "Summer" from the initial dropdown menu to see all of our departmental summer courses. For general reference, you can also find the summer 2023 schedule of classes here.
Application deadlines (important)
Catholic University has a three-part summer application and registration process for individuals from outside the institution. The procedure is not burdensome, but it does take time. The university application form, including the upload or emailing of informal transcripts (to firstname.lastname@example.org), must be completed by 5pm on the Monday one week before your first intended course begins. Applications that are not completed by that date cannot be processed in time for registration and will not receive admission.
Filled courses, closed sections, and section changes
The Department of Greek and Latin does not turn students away from the Summer Program because a section is full. We either make a given class slightly larger or, if there are enough registrations, we open another section and organize people into it. Our procedures focus upon balancing class sizes in order to maximize great teaching without inconveniencing our students.
All of our summer courses are taught synchronously online, meaning that all students and the instructor are on videoconference together for the duration of each class session. Since live interaction is an important key to the effectiveness of our courses, attendance at class meetings is necessary: fully or partially asynchronous course membership is not possible at this time.
The elementary-level courses, GR 509 and LAT 509, take place during the first six-week summer session, which begins in the middle of May. Each of these courses carries six hours of university credit (6 cr) and requires a class attendance commitment of three hours per day, five days per week. Homework and studying at this level typically occupy at least four hours per day.
By the end of the six-week session, our Greek students have received the necessary preparation to read Plato or Xenophon; our Latin students are prepared to read (for example) Caesar, Catullus, or Cicero--even if they have never studied an ancient language before.
The intermediate courses, GR 516-517 (Intermediate Greek 1-2) and LAT 516-517 (Intermediate Latin 1-2), take place during the second six-week summer session, which begins in late June. Each of these is a three-credit (3 cr) course, meeting for three weeks, three hours per day, five days per week. The central goals of all of these courses are to provide students with a "first reading" experience and to engage in intensive study of syntax and style.
LAT 517B is taught at the same level as LAT 517, but whereas LAT 517 concentrates upon classical Latin poetry (usually Vergil's Aeneid), LAT 517B focuses upon the works of Augustine and Aquinas.
The advanced-level courses, GR 492/592 and LAT 492/592, are each six weeks long. One is offered during the first six-week summer session, which begins in the middle of May, and the other during the second six-week summer session, which starts in late June (there is no fixed order from year to year as to which comes first and which second). They are three-credit (3 cr) courses, and they typically meet three days per week.
Our summer offerings at the advanced level help our own students progress more rapidly towards their degrees and certificates, and we also welcome qualified students from other institutions. If you are not certain whether an advanced summer course would fit your level of previous study or your goals, please feel free to contact the department, since a placement exam is required for advanced-level enrollment.
Further general information on the summer experience at Catholic University is available on the Summer Sessions website. You might also be interested in exploring our FAQs about the Summer Program.