Undergraduate study in Latin

What you can study in Latin

By studying Latin you not only learn the language, but also ways in which to analyse and describe language. You will learn to read Roman literature and understand Roman culture.

Beginners can learn Latin from scratch. At Stage I there is a brisk programme of language learning before you embark on the study of literature and intermediate language at Stage II.

Beginning your study in Latin

If you have done some Latin, but not a full five-year secondary school programme, consult the Undergraduate Adviser about where you ought to begin. Some students begin with LATIN 101. (This may be the correct route if you have Latin at NCEA Level 1.)

If you have 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 or equivalent, you will begin at Stage II. You should be well equipped to get good grades. You will be prompted to complete a concession online during enrolment.

Structuring your major in Latin

You can take a major in Latin as one of the two components of your double major for a BA. You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

  • For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.
  • For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Latin. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Latin major:

  • Five courses from LATIN 100–310, including at least 1 from LATIN 300-310

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on planning your degree and enrolling in your courses at Student Hubs.

If you would like to find out more about studying Latin, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.