Deciding which courses to take requires careful thought because you are investing what is most precious-your time. Use of time should be both practical and enlightening. You need to know how to use language. It is necessary to reason well, read and write effectively, and listen with understanding. You need to know why things such as society, its art, history, music, customs and traditions are the way they are. Scientific fields such as anatomy, geology, biology, medicine and veterinary studies rely heavily from the Latin language. Latin has something important to offer to all.
The study of Latin is a base for understanding American government, modern institutions, and clarification of English grammar, vocabulary and usage. Whatever your plans for a career, you will find Latin useful. If you enter the medical field, most medical schools strongly recommend Latin. Latin helps lawyers understand many legal terms, and helps develop the habit of carefully inspecting the interpretation of words and arguments.
The study of Latin enhances many areas. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian are all called Romance languages because they are living descendants of the Latin spoken by the Romans who conquered and colonized these lands. More than sixty per cent of English words are derived or taken intact from Latin. For example, the word “astronaut” comes from astra, meaning star, and nauta, meaning sailor. In addition, the grammatical structure of Latin is very similar to that of Russian and German.
Latin is a subject that will stay with you forever. Whatever your career choice, where you choose to live or travel, you will meet the Roman influence in common expressions, building styles, other languages, literature references, names of plants and animals, coins, state seals, on footnotes, churches, stage directions, and college diplomas. By taking Latin, you will get to know your roots and be able to claim your heritage.
Colorado State University prides itself in offering a diverse and stimulating array of courses. The study of Latin gives students a backbone of information to pursue other interests. Many students take Latin because it was not available in their high schools. Others take Latin because of curiosity and intellectual stimulation. Some are interested in a non-spoken language. Many wish to increase knowledge of English.
These are recent student comments about Latin study at Colorado State University:
- Individual attention
- Member of an elite group
- Non-spoken languages seem to “stay with you” longer
- Window into a prominent culture…Roman influences in contemporary times
- Makes European travel and language understanding easier
- Great foundation for Roman and Greek art history
- Helps facilitate learning and retention
- Opportunity to combine Latin and biological sciences
- Beneficial for GRE preparation