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Studying Latin and Greek

Photo of Classics library.Those of you who have never taken Greek or Latin before and would like to start from the very beginning, you are ready to go!

You need only register for one of the sections of Introductory Greek (Greek 110) or Latin (Latin 110) that will be offered in the fall semester. If you choose to start in the Spring semester, Intensive Languages courses (Greek 125b, Latin 125b) are offered. These intensive language courses combine in one semester the work of two regular semesters and offer double credit. There are no prerequisites for any of these courses. Just find a time that suits you, and sign up before the section closes. By starting here you can fulfill your language requirement in 3 (or 2) semesters.

Note: Some language courses (Greek 110 and Latin 110, Greek 120 and Latin 120) are also offered during the summer. For information on the Yale summer session, please visit the summer school.

Continuin​g with Latin or Greek at Yale

If you have studied some Latin or Ancient Greek in high school and would like to resume your studies of either language at a higher level, you are encouraged to contact Andrew Johnston (, the Department’s Director of Undergraduate studies.

Please note that the Classics department does not administer placement exams for Latin. Some basic placement guidelines can be found by clicking here and under “Frequently asked questions”.

If you are interested in the Classics Major please contact Professor Noel Lenski, the Department’s Director of Undergraduate studies: Andrew Johnston ( Some useful information can also be found under the following links:

Major in Classics

Major in Classical Civilization

Major in Ancient and Modern Greek