Placing into LATN 102, 201, 202

The College of Charleston teaches Latin using an approach which emphasizes memorizing vocabulary and forms, understanding syntactical concepts, and translating sentences and short passages from Latin to English and from English into Latin. Our four-semester general education language sequence covers all grammar in three semesters (LATN 101, 102, 201), with the fourth semester devoted to reading an authentic Latin text chosen by the instructor.

In fall 2020, we use the following required textbooks for LATN 101:

Latin for the New Millenium, Level 1, by M. Minkova and T. Tunberg. 2nd edition. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. ISBN 978-0-86516-807-7.
Latin for the New Millennium College Exercise Book, Levels 1 and 2, by M. Minkova and T. Tunberg. 2nd edition. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. ISBN 978-0-86516-781-0.


In fall 2020, we use the following required textbooks for LATN 102, and LATN 201:

A New Latin Primer, by M. C. English and G. L. Irby. Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-19998-201-1.
A New Latin Primer Workbook, by M. C. English and G. L. Irby. Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-19026-698-1.


Two additional textbooks are strongly recommended for all Latin students but not required:

English Grammar for Students of Latin, 3rd ed, by Norma W. Goldman. Olivia & Hill Press, 2004. (ISBN: 0934034346). This textbook provides a good overview of grammatical terms and syntactical concepts, illustrated using English examples as well as Latin.

501 Latin Verbs, 2nd ed, by Richard E. Prior and Joseph Wohlberg. Barron’s Educational Series, 2007. (ISBN: 978-0764137426). This textbook provides lists of conjugated verbs in all tenses, voices, and moods.


We encourage students who place into courses above the level of Latin 101 to acquire the required textbooks early and begin reviewing grammar and vocabulary as necessary to fill in any gaps. Limited class time is available for review of earlier material in Latin 102, Latin 201, and Latin 202.

Students who place into Latin 102 should be familiar with the vocabulary and concepts covered in CofC’s LATN 101 course, Lessons 1-10 of the New Latin Primer, including:
  • present system indicative and imperative verbs (present, imperfect, future tenses in all conjugations and the verb esse)
  • nouns (all 5 declensions) and adjectives (all 3 declensions)
  • personal pronouns of the 1st-2nd person
  • case uses for nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, ablative, and vocative
  • basic grammatical syntax of Latin sentences including subject-object-verb and predicate nominatives, apposition
  • Comprehensive vocabulary of lessons 1-10, including full dictionary entries for nouns, adjectives, and verbs

The College of Charleston’s Center for Student Learning provides free one-on-one tutoring services for LATN 102 students during the semester. If you need some assistance reviewing concepts or transitioning to college Latin, please make an appointment with the tutor or talk to your professor for help.

Students who place into Latin 201 should be familiar with the vocabulary and concepts covered in CofC’s LATN 101 and LATN 102 courses, especially Lessons 11-23 of the New Latin Primer, including:
  • Irregular verbs in the present system (volo, nolo, malo, possum, fero)
  • Perfect system active verbs (perfect, pluperfect, future perfect tenses, including perfect infinitive)
  • Demonstrative Pronouns (is, ea, id; hic, haec, hoc; ille, illa, illud; etc.)
  • Reflexive pronouns
  • Relative pronouns (qui, quae, quod) and relative clauses
  • Passive voice in present and perfect system
  • Impersonal verbs
  • Deponent verbs
  • Participles
  • Ablative Absolute
  • Numbers
  • Comprehensive vocabulary of lessons 1-23, including full dictionary entries for nouns, adjectives, and verbs

The College of Charleston’s Center for Student Learning provides free one-on-one tutoring services for LATN 201 students during the semester. If you need some assistance reviewing concepts or transitioning to college Latin, please make an appointment with the tutor or talk to your professor for help.

Students who place into LATN 202 should be familiar with the entirety of the Latin grammatical system including indirect statement, subjunctive mood and its syntax, and gerunds and gerundives. LATN 202 does not include explicit grammar instruction.

Last updated: 2020-05-31