Latin was the language of ancient Rome and is the root of several modern European languages including French, Spanish, and Italian.


Latin was the language of ancient Rome and is the root of several modern European languages including French, Spanish, and Italian.

Its study offers you the opportunity to read ancient texts in their original form and to gain a greater understanding of how grammar functions.

Only available as a minor.

At a Glance

Degree options
Minor only


At Mount Allison, both Greek and Latin are introduced to students studying classics, offering a unique opportunity to study ancient texts in their original language.

While the study of classics can be approached either in the original languages or through courses using English translation, those deeply interested in the subject should bear in mind the importance of the languages themselves, and the benefits of a direct experience of the ancients through study of Greek and Latin.

Latin courses include:

  • introductory and intermediate grammar and vocabulary of Latin*
  • readings in Latin literature, prose, and poetry

*No previous knowledge of Latin is required

Latin is available as a minor only.

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

J.E.A. Crake Reading Room — includes a complete collection of Loeb Classical texts and the Cambridge Ancient History

Related programs

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Ilaria Battiloro
Associate professor, Classics and Visual and Material Culture

» Mount Allison students get rare opportunity to participate in archaeological dig in Pompeii


Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Latin graduates include:

  • archivist
  • museum curator/guide
  • foreign affairs specialist
  • health and social policy researcher
  • lawyer
  • public policy analyst
  • historian
  • lexicographer
  • cryptologist
  • cultural resource manager
  • publisher

Alumni Spotlight

Hughena Matheson ('66)
Bachelor of Arts, Latin
Retired English and Latin teacher, President of Project Bookmark Canada

» Hughena Matheson (’66) leads unique project celebrating Canadian literature


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As a student with interdisciplinary interests, knowing Latin has been widely applicable to diverse areas of my studies. The professors are all intensely passionate about helping everyone succeed in the program and the small class sizes encourage dedication and mutual support. In my four years in the program, I really got to know my fellow classmates, and always felt there was someone around to study with or to discuss different perspectives on the material.

Fine Arts, minor in Latin
Johnville, NB
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If you love studying languages, Latin and Greek are some of the best ones. I revel in the ability to pick up an amazing story in its original language and be able to make sense of it all.

Honours Classics, minor in Latin
Lakefield, ON


J.E.A. Crake Foundation

The Classical Studies program benefits from the support of the J.E.A. Crake Foundation. The foundation funds a number of initiatives for the department, including:

  • Crake Travelling Scholarship for Summer Study in Greece or Italy — awarded to a second or third-year student in Classics
  • Annual Crake Lectures, bringing leading international scholars to Mount Allison
  • A departmental reading room and audio visual resources

Archaeological Field School

The Classics department offers a summer learning program in Italy that gives you the opportunity to learn archeological techniques as part of a research team on a working excavation.

You will learn to assist in the excavation, collection, and recording of artifacts, as well as in the processing and study of the finds.


Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts; however, a minor in Latin can be combined with any degree.

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Mount A is #2 in student awards

Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second in student and faculty awards in its latest University Rankings. To date, 56 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars — one of the best per capita records in Canada.

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