Intermediate Latin Courses
For students who have already learned the Latin grammar system and are eager to develop their Latin skills further, we offer two 4-credit courses, Intermediate Theological Latin Reading, Parts I and II, using our own distinctive curriculum and video lectures created by Dr. Eric Hutchinson, Ryan Handermann, and others.
These course will solidify your knowledge of Latin grammar, strengthen and broaden your vocabulary, particularly for reading theological texts, and improve your translation skills. You will master the vocabulary from Richard Muller’s Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms, will review grammar with the aid of Meissen’s Scholastic Latin, and will read and translate passages from the Vulgate, the Tremellius-Junius-Beza Latin Bible, and from a range of theologians throughout church history (including Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, and Beza). Each course takes place over the course of 15 weeks, with 1-1.5 hrs. of recorded video lecture, a 1.5-hr. live online class, and 6-8 hours of homework time each week.
As with our Introductory courses, we offer a range of options to accommodate the busy schedules of pastors, teachers, seminarians, and graduate students:
Self-Guided (no credit): Students who are confident of their ability to work through the material on their own may purchase access to each set of 15 video lectures for six months for just $200, and use the course syllabus as a suggested schedule to guide their study and translation. To purchase this option, just select the relevant course below, and on the course page, select the “Lecture Access Only” option. Note: we do not recommend this except for the most competent and self-guided students, and students pursuing this option will not be eligible for a certificate from the Davenant Latin Institute or academic credit from our partner institutions. However, upon completion of a satisfactory placement exam, they will be eligible to continue on to one of our Advanced courses.
Standard (LAT601, LAT602)
Our Standard Intermediate classes each run for one semester (15 weeks), meeting as a class for an hour and a half every week to go over the text for the week and hone your on-the-spot Latin speaking and translation skills. You can expect 8-10 hrs. of homework time each week (including your time spent watching the video lecture). Each of these courses is priced at $560.
Intermediate Latin Readings: Reformed Confessions (LAT621, LAT622)
For students who have already learned the Latin grammar system and are eager to develop their Latin skills further, we offer these 2-credit courses, Intermediate Latin Readings: Reformed Confessions, Part I & II.
These courses will solidify your knowledge of Latin grammar, strengthen and broaden your vocabulary, particularly for reading theological texts, and improve your translation skills. Additionally, students will sharpen their composition skills. The primary texts for this course will be the Latin translations of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Heidelberg Catechism. This course will also cover texts relevant to the background and theology of these two monuments of Reformation era theology.
Tutorials : Although we recommend the full course option, given the value of learning in a group setting, we recognize that not everyone’s schedule will allow them to meet at designated class times. Some are also eager to get a start before the next scheduled semester or summer course offering. Accordingly, we offer one-on-one self-paced tutorials, both as 16-lesson packages covering the same ground as the standard courses, and as custom-built packages. See more at our Tutorials page.
For details on what each course type entails, see the Terms and Conditions document.
If you are not ready to register but are interested in the courses or have some questions, please use the following contact form.
Jan. 22–May 11, 2018:
LAT501—Introduction to Theological Latin, Part I
LAT502—Introduction to Theological Latin, Part II
LAT602—Intermediate Theological Reading, Part II
Feb. 12, 2018: Registration Opens for Summer Courses
May 21-29, 2018:
Residential Advanced Latin (at Davenant House)
June 4-29, 2018:
LAT511: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. I
LAT621: Intermediate Latin Reading: The Reformed Confessions, Pt. I
July 9-20, 2018:
Residential Intro to Latin Speaking and Teaching (at Davenant House)
July 9-Aug. 1, 2018:
LAT512: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. II
LAT622: Intermediate Latin Reading: The Reformed Confessions, Pt. II
Aug. 20-Dec. 14, 2018:
LAT501: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. I
LAT601: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. II
LAT703: Advanced Early Modern Latin Reading
Do I need to be a graduate student or seminarian to participate?
No, in fact, you do not need to currently belong to an academic institution at all. Pastors, teachers, and independent scholars are welcome as well, although most of our students are currently enrolled at graduate students or seminaries.
I'm not sure which level my current Latin ability is at. Which course should I enroll in?
No problem. We have placement exams, which can help us and you determine if you are ready for the Intro Part II, the Intermediate Part I, Intermediate Part II, or Advanced levels. If you’re interested in enrolling but aren’t sure, make your best guess in selecting your course, and then we’ll invite you to take the appropriate placement exam, after which we can re-assess if necessary.
Is there a drop/add date?
We will not normally be allowing students to join one of the classes after the registration deadlines for each course. Students needing to drop a class will be eligible to receive a 60% refund if they drop within the first three weeks of a semester-long course or first week of an intensive course. Students dropping out of a tutorial course may do so at any time and will be refunded $25 for each tutorial unit not yet completed.
How do the live classes work?
All of our live classes use the state-of-the-art videoconferencing software, WebEx, which should work reliably for you as long as you have access to an average-speed internet connection. Recordings of each class, and any “whiteboards” used, will be saved for students who were unable to make a particular class meeting.
Does it matter what time zone I am in?
It is important that you be in a position to participate in most of the live classes in order to discuss the lessons and your work with your professor and classmate. It is our goal to schedule live class times that will fit within normal waking hours for all enrolled students, wherever they live on the globe, though obviously the times will be more convenient for some than others. We will determine the scheduled class times around the registration deadline for each course, depending on the available times indicated by all enrolling students. If the resulting time does not work for you, you will have the option of switching to a self-paced or tutorial approach.
Will I receive credit toward my degree?
Yes, you can. The decision about exactly what credit to award rests with your particular degree-granting institution, however, we currently have credit-recognition agreements in place with three institutions:
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary(graduate-level)
- The Greystone Institute (graduate-level)
- New Saint Andrews College (undergraduate-level)
You can enroll as a part-time student at any of these institutions to receive credit which you can then transfer back to your home institution. We are in the process of hammering out similar agreements with other institutions. Also, you may request case-by-case credit recognition from your own institution and we would be happy to correspond with your academic officer to help make this possible. We have designed these courses so as to meet accreditation standards for graduate-level theological education, but we are not ourselves a degree-granting institution, and each institution makes its own decisions about if and when to award credits for courses offered by third parties.
Are scholarships available?
Yes, we do offer scholarships for tuition discounts or in rare cases complete tuition coverage. Scholarships are awarded to students in difficult financial circumstances who can demonstrate strong academic ability and discipline, and the importance of these courses to their studies. Scholarships are very competitive, and we have worked to price these courses well below market averages, so we ask that you not apply if you are in a position to pay full tuition. To apply, click here.
Note: Scholarships are not available for tutorials.
What can I do to best prepare in advance for the classes?
Draft syllabi, along with recommendations from our instructors, will be sent out well in advance to all enrolled students.