College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

Modern or Ancient Language Course Suggestions (BA)

BA General Education Requirement: 6 Hours at the 200-level or Above in One Language


Ancient Languages

The Department of Classics offers language courses in ancient Greek and Latin that will fulfill this requirement. No previous experience with either language is necessary.

Ancient Greek Sequence:
GR 101 (3 hours) → GR 102 (3 hours) → GR 201 (3 hours) → GR 202 (3 hours)

Latin Sequence:
LAT 101 (3 hours) → LAT 102 (3 hours) → LAT 201 (3 hours) → LAT 202 (3 hours)

The Latin and Greek introductory sequences are designed for students who are beginning the study of ancient Greek and Latin. The basic Greek courses introduce students to ancient Attic Greek, rather than the later Koine Greek of the bible.  For both languages, a grammar-based approach is used to help students read; one corollary of this approach is that it addresses issues of English grammar that students may never have encountered previously. These texts, which the students use for four semesters, are Wheelock’s Latin, 7th ed., and Alpha to Omega, 3rd ed.

GR 101 / LAT 101. Introduction to Greek I/Introduction to Latin I. In GR 101 and LAT 101, students study chapters 1 through 13 of the basic grammar texts.

GR 102 / LAT 102. Introduction to Greek II/Introduction to Latin II. In GR 102 and LAT 102, students complete Chapters 14-28. In a typical class, the instructor might explain a new grammar concept, the students would get some practice at reading Greek or Latin aloud, and they would all translate sentences or short passages, explaining the grammar of the words in their assigned sentences.

GR 201 / LAT 201. Intermediate Greek I/Intermediate Latin I. In GR 201 and LAT 201 (intermediate year), students continue with the grammar texts, completing them during this term. These courses also focus on reading longer passages in ancient Greek and Latin.

GR 202 / LAT 202. Intermediate Greek II/Intermediate Latin II. In GR 202 and LAT 202 , students read unadapted passages from ancient authors and continue to solidify their understanding of grammar.  The instructors may assign a variety of texts, from various authors and periods, but also may focus on the works of a specific author. At this level, students will regularly practice reading at sight passages of Latin or Greek that they have not previously studied. They also might write a short paper or two on a literary or cultural topic. Students who complete these four semesters are ready for a Latin/Greek 300 level course — a focused study of a specific ancient author or genre of literature.


Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages offers language training in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili for the completion of the general education requirement in a modern or ancient language. Various sequence options are available in languages offered by the Department of Modern Languages. The option which a student chooses depends first on the language and then on the amount of high school instruction the student has had in the language.

Arabic Sequence:
ARAB 111 (5 hours) → ARAB 112 (5 hours) → ARAB 211 (6 hours)

Chinese Sequence (Flagship Track):
CHIN 111 (5 hours/summer) → CHIN 112 (5 hours/summer) → CHIN 211 (5 hours) → CHIN 212 (5 hours)

Chinese Sequence (Regular Track):
CHIN 111 (5 hours/fall) → CHIN 112 (5 hours/spring) → CHIN 201 (3 hours) → CHIN 202 (3 hours)

French Sequence:
FR 111 (6 hours) → FR 211 (6 hours)

German Sequence:
GERM 111 (6 hours) → GERM 211 (6 hours)

Italian Sequence:
ITAL 101/103 (4 hours) → ITAL 102/104 (4 hours) → ITAL 201 (3 hours) → ITAL 202 (3 hours)

Japanese (Option 1):
JAPN 101/103 (4 hours) → JAPN 102/104 (4 hours) → JAPN 201/203 (4 hours) → JAPN 202/204 (4 hours)

Japanese (Option 2):
JAPN 111 (6 hours) → JAPN 201/203 (4 hours) → JAPN 202/204 (4 hours)

Korean Sequence:
KOR 111 (5 hours) → KOR 112 (5 hours) → KOR 211 (5 hours) → KOR 212 (5 hours)

Portuguese Sequence:
PORT 101 (3 hours) → PORT 102 (3 hours) → PORT 201 (3 hours) → PORT 202 (3 hours)

Russian (Option 1):
RUSS 111 (6 hours/Fall) → RUSS 211 (6 hours/Spring)

Russian (Option 2):
RUSS 111 (6 hours/Summer) → RUSS 201 (3 hours/Fall) → RUSS 202 (3 hours/Spring)

Spanish Sequence:
SPAN 111 (6 hours) → SPAN 211 (6 hours)

Swahili Sequence:
SWA 101 (3 hours) → SWA 102 (3 hours) → SWA 201 (3 hours) → SWA 202 (3 hours)


American Sign Language

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers language training in American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community.

American Sign Language (Option 1):
ASL 101 (3 hours) → ASL 102 (3 hours) → ASL 201 (3 hours) → ASL 202 (3 hours)

American Sign Language (Option 2):
ASL 111 (6 hours) → ASL 211 (6 hours)