“The Davenant Latin Institute provides a comprehensive program for every student hoping to gain competency in the Latin tongue. After dabbling with other Latin-learning resources, I discovered this program, and I could not be more pleased. So far I have completed the two summer intensive courses and the first intermediate course, and all three surpassed my expectations. While the pace of the summer intensive demands dedication, Davenant furnishes you with a complete tool-kit to reach your goals. The intermediate course builds on that solid foundation by expanding your grasp of grammar, vocab and Latin style and leads you into the substantial Latin texts you set out to explore. Each component (content, class structure, assignments, exams) is carefully crafted to deepen your grasp of the material. Best of all, the instructor was exceptionally gifted at explaining the material with clarity, finesse and patience. My longing for access into the Reformation and Post-Reformation Latin corpus is finally becoming a reality. I am encouraged by the prospects of augmenting this skill set in the remaining courses. If you are looking for enriched soil to grow your Latin, look no further. I highly recommend Davenant as the best resource available for Latin students.”
—Rev. Robert McCurley, Pastor, Greenville Presbyterian Church
“The Davenant Latin Institute is just what I have been looking for. An opportunity to improve my Latin, and to do so with a concentration on early modern texts. The combination of videos which work through key Latin texts, videos featuring excellent lectures on historical and theological and philosophical background, and real-time class meetings via modern technology, has been excellent. My Latin is improving, and I look forward to continuing to improve my Latin and to engage central theological texts.”
—Dr. Bradley G. Green, Associate Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition, Union University
Summer Intensive Intro: “I had already taken an Ecclesiastical Latin course using Collins’s Primer, but I did not feel comfortable with some of the more advanced grammatical constructions. However, after taking the summer intensive course from Davenant, my confidence doubled! The teachers were more than qualified, the online interface was fluid and I came out of the course confident in my own ability to handle difficult Classical Latin grammar. I highly recommend the Davenant program to anyone interested in reading either Classical or Ecclesiastical Latin.”
Advanced Early Modern Latin: “After taking a year of Latin, I wanted to continue growing my knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar. After taking the first half of Davenant Advanced Early Modern Latin program, I have met those goals! The program is set up nicely between online videos that walk you through difficult Latin texts, and online interaction with the teacher. I especially like the time spent on understanding the strange words and symbols found in old printed books. I highly recommend this program!”
—Samuel Ketcham, M.Div. student, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
“The Davenant Latin course has met my basic need–providing the resources, the structure, the periodic interaction, and the accountability to get my learning underway.”
—Dr. Daniel J. Treier, Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College
“The Advanced Early Modern Latin class is excellent. Great Latin readings, lectures from skilled scholars, thoughtful assignments and tests, and helpful background books come together to make a thorough and enjoyable course. I am grateful for the Davenant Latin Institute!”
—Michael Spangler, Adjunct. Prof. of Latin, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
“The Davenant Latin Institute offers students of theology an excellent programme of introductory and advanced-level instruction in the Latin tongue. With a view to optimum utility, this programme is systematically constructed to provide students of the Reformation and early-modern philosophy and history with an indispensable scholarly proficiency.”
—W. J. Torrance Kirby, Prof. of Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Centre for Research on Religion, McGill University
“Not all Latin is the same, and the standard “ecce romani” drill doesn’t dig deep enough for everybody’s needs. The Davenant Latin Institute is not only focused on theological Latin, but is uniquely designed to put the untranslated riches of early modern theological sources within the grasp of students. The world of Reformation and post-Reformation Protestant theology is still mainly a Latin world, and the Davenant Latin Institute is, to my knowledge, the only project that promises to lead students into that world.”
—Fred Sanders, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University
Jan. 23–May 12, 2017:
LAT522—Introduction to Theological Latin, Part II (Flexible Version)
LAT602—Intermediate Theological Latin Reading, Part II
LAT701-3—Advanced Theological Latin Reading Tutorials
Feb. 13, 2017: Registration opens for Summer 2017 courses
May 22-27, 2017:
Residential Intensive Intro Latin (at Davenant House)
June 5-30, 2017:
LAT511: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. I
July 10-Aug. 4:
LAT512: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. II
Aug. 21-Dec. 8:
LAT501: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. I (Standard)
LAT521: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. II (Flexible)
LAT601: Intermediate Theological Latin Reading, Pt. I
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 four 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.