Through the study of Classical Languages, we seek to develop students with orderly and well-disciplined minds, capable of translating Latin and/or Ancient Greek from the original, and capable of expressing themselves in clear and correct English. In the lower levels, we focus upon the mastery of grammar and vocabulary and the understanding of syntax, and we devote significant time to the acquisition of good study skills. In the upper levels, readings from Caesar, Cicero, Pliny, Petronius, Vergil, Horace, Ovid and other authors form the core of the curriculum. At each level, we incorporate into our classes the study of Greek and Roman culture. The goal of our teaching in the Classics Department is to broaden and strengthen students’ intellectual powers and to instill an appreciation for literature, individuals, ideas, and ideals long respected in the tradition of western civilization.
Instruction in Latin begins in Form I. The first (Alpha) and second (Gamma) years of study are devoted to the acquisition of a solid foundation in grammar and vocabulary indispensable to all subsequent work. The functional approach is used in teaching forms and syntax through continuous use in translation and Latin composition. The text is Jenney's First Year Latin (Prentice-Hall).