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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes

In taking this course, you will learn to do the following:

  1. Read Latin, the same Latin the ancient Romans spoke.
  2. Build English vocabulary skills by applying knowledge of Latin word roots.
  3. Translate Latin into English and English into Latin.
  4. Enjoy the stories and customs of the ancient Roman World.
  5. Pay careful attention to detail in Latin as well as in other aspects of life.
  6. Discover the influences of Latin all around us.

Course Materials


The text we will be using is Latin for Americans by B.L. Ullman, Charles Henderson, Jr., and Norman Henry, published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 8th edition, 1997. I chose this book because it moves at a reasonable speed, and the units are designed to teach you about Roman culture, history, and mythology through the translations and exercises. So, as you translate, be sure to pay attention to the information as well as to the language structure.

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Course Organization

The best way to succeed in this course is to complete assignments in the following order:

  1. Memorize vocabulary
  2. Memorize the new concept (conjugation, declension, etc.)
  3. Do the translation or exercises

If you follow this order, you will be practicing what you know rather than trying to learn along the way. Also, you will waste less time searching for vocabulary words or the meanings of endings. Therefore, this will help you learn more in less time (every student’s goal). Trust me on this one!


There will be two kinds of assignments in this course: self checks and unit quizzes. The self checks will be assignments you do to help you understand the materials. These assignments will not be calculated into your grade, but you must do them to be able to do well on the unit quizzes.

There are seven unit quizzes, which are computer graded. You will complete these assignments at the end of each unit (except Unit 1). To do well on unit quizzes, be sure to answer the question in your mind or on scratch paper before you look at your multiple choice options. This way, you give your honest answer rather than just guessing.

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There will be a final exam at the end of the course that consists of 85 matching and multiple-choice questions. The final exam is worth 28 percent of your final grade. It is closed book and closed notes. The questions on the final will be like the questions on your unit quizzes. If you understand the concepts tested on the unit quizzes and you can answer all of the unit quizzes correctly, you will do very well on the final.

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Your grade will be calcuated as follows:

Assignment Weight
Unit Quizzes (10% each) 70%
Final Exam 30%
TOTAL 100%


Grade Scale
A 100%–93% C 76%–73%
A- 92%–90% C- 72%–70%
B+ 89%–87% D+ 69%–67%
B 86%–83% D 66%–63%
B- 82%–80% D- 62%–60%
C+ 79%–77% E (fail) 59%–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment. . . .

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


7 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.


1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass with at least 60 percent to earn credit for the course.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words. As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the unit (or)
  2. You will fail the unit and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the unit

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and fail the class (or)
  2. You will fail the unit, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.