Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies


Yes, you CAN take Latin for your language requirement!!


mosaic, Madonna della Strada chapel

Would you like to take Latin or ancient Greek? Maybe you already have some experience with one of those languages and would like to continue that experience?

The College of Arts & Sciences requires competency in a language other than English to earn your degree. Here are some ways you can achieve that competency using Latin or ancient Greek:

  • earn at least a C- in Latin 101 and 102 *OR* Greek 101 and 102
  • take a competency exam in Latin or ancient Greek through the CAS Dean's office: email CASLanguageTesting@luc.edu from your Loyola email to make an appointment
  • earn a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam (this earns you 3 credit hours of Latin too!)
  • take Latin or ancient Greek at a higher level: if you've already taken some language and don't know what level is right for you, contact Dr. John Makowski, Director of Language programs, who will work with you to find the best Latin or ancient Greek class for you. You don't even have to take an exam!

Want to do more than just achieve competency? Here are some more opportunities for ancient language experiences at Loyola:

  • major or minor in Latin or ancient Greek
  • use Latin or ancient Greek courses towards a major or minor in Classical Civilization
  • use Latin or ancient Greek courses towards interdisciplinary minors including Medieval Studies, Rome Studies, or Shakespeare Studies
  • students who achieve at least a B at the intermediate language level (or higher) are eligible for induction into Eta Sigma Phi, the classical language honor society
  • students who take at least four ancient language courses above the beginning level and achieve competency in another language of their choice fulfill the requirements for the Classics-BA degree distinction. This special distinction on your diploma is unique to Loyola, and represents a well-rounded, traditional Jesuit education.

Post-Baccalaureate in Classical Studies

Post-Baccalaureate in Classical Studies

Do you need Greek or Latin to continue your studies, but already have an undergraduate degree? Do you want to go to grad school for classics, teach Latin, or read Greek philosophy in the original language? The Post-Baccalaureate Program might be right for you!

Ed Menes

Ed Menes

The Department of Classical Studies mourns the loss of our colleague, Emeritus Professor Dr. Ed Menes. His family plans memorial services in Houston in September. We will plan an event at Loyola-Chicago later in the semester.

Please see memorial notice at the website of the Society for Classical Studies.

Fr. Matt Creighton, S.J.

Fr. Matt Creighton, S.J.

The Department mourns the loss of our emeritus colleague, Fr. Matthew E. Creighton, S.J. He died Friday, 23 November 2018, at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan, aged 91. Fr. Creighton taught Greek and Latin for the Department from 1967-1978, as well as serving in several administrative capacities including Chairman of the Department. After serving as Creighton University's 21st President from 1978-1981, Fr. Creighton returned to Loyola and served as Executive Assistant Chancellor and Assistant Vice President, before returning again to the teaching he loved, in the Department, from 1987 until he retired in 2008. He was a wise and generous colleague.

Please see the memorial notice of the Jesuits - USA Midwest Province.

Dr. Gregory Dobrov: In Memoriam

Gregory Dobrov

The Department of Classical Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Loyola community mourn the loss of Associate Professor Dr. Gregory Dobrov. Dr. Dobrov passed away in September 2015 after a valiant fight against cancer. His students and his colleagues remember him as a passionate teacher and a brilliant scholar.

Dr. Dobrov joined Loyola’s Classical Studies department in 1998. He made teaching the center of his work, even after he received his first diagnosis in 2011. Throughout his 17 years at Loyola, his students praised his teaching and his character in glowing evaluations. The College of Arts and Sciences recognized him as a Sujack Master Teacher in 2004. He gave the University unstinting service as the founding director for the Department’s Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies and as chair of the College’s Academic Council.

As an instructor, Dr. Dobrov eagerly shared his love of ancient Greek with all students, introductory and advanced. He inspired them with the wonders of the language, so that they too could feel its larger impact as well as recognize finer points of grammar and syntax.

Particularly dear to Dr. Dobrov was his Friday evening advanced Greek course, which one student described as “a mixture of food, drink, and laughter together with a fantastic education.”

Dr. Dobrov taught all his courses with characteristic wit. Humor and modern pop culture in his hands made classical literature more accessible to his students. He was a world expert on ancient Greek comedy, and a fan of modern comedy as well. Reviewers of his books describe his scholarship as sophisticated, perceptive, and innovative.

From 1988, Dr. Dobrov published 15 articles or book chapters on Aristophanes, and edited three collections of articles on Greek comedy. Particularly notable was his Figures of Play, which explored the interaction between comedy and tragedy in ancient Athens. Even in his illness, he continued his research, exploring doctrines in early Byzantine hymnography in a study entitled The Gospel of Hades: The Greek Myth and the Invention of Pascha.

Dr. Dobrov left his students, colleagues, and family a tremendous legacy. He was an exemplary teacher, scholar, and person. His spirit remains with those whom he graced with his humor, caring, and passion.