Classics School of Languages and Cultures

Latin and Greek Placement Information

Latin and Ancient Greek 101 and 201 are taught each Fall. 102 and 202 follow each Spring.

Greek 101 and 102 emphasize core skills in classical Greek, which prepare students to read biblical Greek in Greek 201 and classical or archaic Greek literature in Greek 202 and beyond.

Latin 101 and 102 are foundational courses preparing students to read the Latin Vulgate bible and Ovid in Latin 201, followed by Catullus and Cicero in Latin 202; after that you may enter any course at the 300 or 400 level.

If you are interested in continuing Latin, and achieved a Latin AP score of 2, 3, 4, or 5, please contact the Latin coordinator, Professor Antonia Syson (asyson@purdue.edu), to discuss the most suitable course options for you in the coming year.

For information about the college credit you receive at Purdue for Latin AP scores of 3, 4, or 5, please see the Admissions website: https://www.admissions.purdue.edu/transfercredit/collegeboardap.php.

If you don't have an AP score, please take the Latin placement test. 

Placement credits from the test are awarded on successful completion of the course you place into. So, for example, if you place into Latin 201 and successfully complete that course, you will receive not only your 3 credits from Latin 201, but also 6 placement test credits for Latin 101 and 102.

If you are uncertain about which level in Ancient Greek or Latin is most appropriate for you, or would like any other information, please consult the coordinators: asyson@purdue.edu for Latin (Prof. Antonia Syson), and kdickson@purdue.edu for Greek (Prof. Keith Dickson).

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