Classical Languages Institute

June 22 – July 31, 2020 

The Christendom Classical Languages Institute offers six-week introductory courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. Each course covers the equivalent of a year-long introductory sequence at the college level. Upon completion, students will be able to read classical, biblical, and patristic literature with the help of a dictionary. The Institute is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as hard-working high school students. No previous study of either language is required.  

The first three weeks of the Latin and Greek courses will be taught by instructors from the Polis Institute. For Latin, two levels are planned: one for absolute beginners and one for those with prior experience reading Ancient Greek. For Greek, three levels are planned: one for beginners, an intermediate level, and an advanced. All levels of these courses will include 90 hours of full-immersion classes and activities. Details for the Polis program can be found here:  

Christendom College faculty will teach the second three weeks of the introductory Latin and Greek courses. The second half of Latin and Greek will complete the course of elementary instruction for those who take the beginners’ level of the Polis programs. 

New this year is an advanced Latin course reading selections from St. Augustine’s Confessions.

The Institute takes its character and animating spirit from a firm conviction that the loving study of Latin and Ancient Greek, as living languages, is a perpetual source of cultural renewal.


Course Offerings 

  • Intensive Latin Part 1 with the Polis Institute (two levels)
    June 22 – July 10. Register through the Polis Institute.
  • Intensive Latin Part 2 with Dr. Andrew Beer
    July 13 – July 31; Monday–Friday, 8:45 – 11:15 a.m.
  • Intensive Greek Part 1 with the Polis Institute (three levels)
    June 22 – July 10. Register through the Polis Institute.
  • Intensive Greek Part 2 with Dr. Kevin Tracy
    July 13 – July 31; Monday–Friday, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Intensive Biblical Hebrew with Mr. David Owen
    July 22 – July 31; Monday–Friday, time TBD
  • Advanced Latin: St. Augustine’s Confessions with Dr. Andrew Beer
    July 22 – July 31; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 – 3:30pm 

Register by May 1st!

Apply online or submit a mail-in application to begin the registration process.  Then see our current course offerings page or call (703) 658-4304 to register.

Room, Board, & Transportation

See our Summer page for information on residential life, dietary restrictions, and to register for transportation to and from our Front Royal, VA, campus.


For questions about the Polis program, please contact Mr. Stephen Hill,

For questions about all other courses, please contact Dr. Andrew Beer at or  540.551.9162.