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Latin Placement

What if I've had Latin before?

Students who have taken Latin in high school may place into intermediate or advanced Latin courses at KU, depending on their background in the language. They may also earn retroactive credit for that prior work, by completing intermediate or advanced courses at KU. See below for details.

How do I know which Latin course to take?

There is no Latin placement exam at KU. Instead, we prefer to place incoming students in the appropriate Latin courses through advising. Some general guidelines we follow for course placement are listed below, but if you're interested in jumping ahead in Latin, please contact one of the following undergraduate advisors to discuss the best Latin course for you:

General guidelines for course placement in Latin:

  • 4 years of high school Latin OR AP exam 5 OR SAT-II above 690: Latin 300 or above (advanced)
  • 3 years of high school Latin OR AP exam 4 OR SAT-II from 640-690: Latin 112/113 or 200/201 (intermediate)
  • 2 years of high school Latin OR AP exam 3 OR SAT-II from 530-630: Latin 112/113 or Latin 108 (intermediate or beginning)

It must be stressed, these are general guidelines. Please contact an advisor to find out the best level for you.

Retroactive Credit in Latin

For those students who start out in intermediate or advanced Latin, KU offers retroactive credit for the work done before arriving at KU. Though it is not possible to test entirely out of Latin at KU, using your prior work in the language to satisfy the university's language requirement, it IS possible meet the requirement through a combination of Latin you take at KU and retroactive credit you earn for Latin taken elsewhere. Retroactive credit is assigned according to these guidelines:

Two years of high school Latin:

  • A student who enrolls initially in LAT 112 or 113 and receives a grade of C will earn 3 hours of retroactive credit.

Three years of high school Latin:

  • A student who enrolls in LAT 200 or 201 and receives a grade of C or better will earn 6 hours of retroactive credit.
  • A student who enrolls in LAT 112 or 113 and receives a grade of C or better will earn 3 hours of retroactive credit.

Four years of high school Latin:

  • A student who enrolls in LAT 300 or above and receives a grade of C or better will earn 9 hours of retroactive credit.
  • A student who enrolls in LAT 200 or 201 and receives a grade of C or better will earn 6 hours of retroactive credit.

Note: To receive retroactive credit you must enroll in the appropriate class. Students who enroll below the specified level (e.g., if a student with 4 years of high school Latin enrolls in LAT 112 or 113) receive no retroactive credit. If, however, a student enrolls at a level above the specified level (e.g., if a student with three years of high school Latin enrolls in Latin 300 or above) and earns a C or better grade, he or she is eligible for the full retroactive credit allowed for that course (in the example just given, 9 hours).

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