The School of Ancient Languages and Texts Studies offers Latin on all levels from beginners to doctoral level. There are six undergraduate courses and these courses form part of the BA Ancient Languages programme as a core module, BTh Biblical Languages as a core module, and, as an elective in most programmes in Law and Humanities.
The first three semesters of Latin is taught through the Oxford Latin Course, which has its own site at the NWU. The Oxford Latin Course is supplemented in the second and third semester by simplified texts from ancient authors. LATN 122 offers a selection from the jurists Gaius and Justinian for law students, while text from the Vulgate translations of the New Testament is read by theology students. In the second year, students complete the Oxford Latin course, but spend most of their time reading either Classical texts or Ecclesiastical texts, which includes the Vulgate, St. Jerome, Augustinus, Calvyn and Erasmus.
Undergraduate Latin studies conclude with three semesters of advanced Latin courses. These courses are built around specific themes, genres or authors and all teaches the knowledge and specific tools used in understanding and interpreting Ancient Latin texts. The relatively small class size in these courses allows for an intimate and intense experience. Students usually participate in creating the syllabus and, though all the courses are based primarily on ancient Latin texts, emphasis may fall on historical, aesthetic, grammatical, or contextual aspects of the selected texts.
Latin is taken as a core module in BA Ancient Languages, BTh, BA Law and LLB and is often taken as an elective in other programmes in Arts and Humanities. Latin combines particularly well with the study fields concerned with language, writing, and interpretation.