Classical Languages Institute

Summer 2021 Offerings

The Christendom Classical Languages Institute offers courses in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Arabic this summer.  Students may attend in-person classes for either three or six weeks. The Institute is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and even limited numbers of industrious high-schoolers (though we cannot provide on-campus housing to minors). No previous study of these languages is required.

Session I Courses: June 21 – July 9, 2021

Latin I  | Conversational Immersion with the Polis Institute
Beginner level

Ancient Greek | Conversational Immersion with the Polis Institute
Beginner and intermediate levels.

About the Polis Courses
A full-immersion introduction to ancient Latin and Greek, the Polis courses will familiarize students with the languages through daily natural learning methods. From the first day, all lessons are conducted in Latin and ancient Greek using techniques based on the way in which children acquire their mother tongue, allowing the students to develop a keen intuition in understanding and speaking the language. Beginners Latin and beginners and intermediate Greek levels will be offered, but students of all levels are welcome. The program includes 90 hours of full immersion classes and activities and corresponds to a semester (3 credits each).
For current Christendom Graduate students, please note that both Polis and the second session Latin or Greek courses (see details below) will need to be taken to fulfill the language requirement for the Systematic and Sacred Scripture concentrations.

To register for the Polis Institute courses, please follow the links provided below:

Register for Ancient Greek with the Polis Institute

Register for Latin with the Polis Institute

Please note that those who attend Polis Latin or Greek should not plan to register for other courses for the duration of Polis in Session I. More information, including application and cost details, can be found on the Polis website.

Intensive Arabic I | Prof. David Owen
Mondays – Fridays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of the formal and spoken registers of Arabic. No prior knowledge of Arabic is required. We will learn the Arabic script, greetings, a data set of useful and frequent words, the ability to compose basic sentences, and the language’s fundamental grammatical and syntactic forms. Some attention will be paid to continuities in Arabic heritage, in both its ancient and modern dimensions (3 credits).
Registration for Intensive Arabic through the Graduate School’s registration portal.  New students will need to fill out an application form in order to register.

Session II Courses: July 12 – July 30, 2021

Intensive Greek II | Prof. Anthony McDonald
Mondays – Fridays, 1 – 3:30 pm
This intensive course meets daily for three weeks and completes the sequence of elementary Greek grammar. While it may be taken by anyone with at least one semester of prior experience in Greek, it is an ideal “next-step” compliment to the Polis conversational immersion course. This course combines verbal methods with traditional grammar, translation, and reading exercises (3 credits).

Intensive Latin II | Dr. Kevin Tracy
Mondays – Fridays, 8:45 – 11: 15 am
This intensive course meets daily for three weeks and completes the sequence of elementary Latin. While it may be taken by anyone with at least one semester of prior experience in Latin, it is an ideal “next-step” compliment to the Polis conversational immersion course. This course combines verbal methods with traditional grammar, translation, and reading exercises (3 credits). 

Intensive Arabic II | Prof. David Owen
Mondays – Fridays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of the formal and spoken registers of Arabic. Familiarity with the Arabic script and basic grammatical and syntactic forms is required, as is the ability to produce simple sentences. We will consider examples of beautiful Arabic writing, expand our data set of useful and frequent words, and will introduce intermediate-level idioms and syntactic structures. Students will acquire basic oral and aural proficiency for communication, the ability to compose more complex sentences, and basic cultural competency through engagement with Arabic heritage. (3 credits)

Register for all courses during Session II through the Graduate School’s registration portal.  New students will need to fill out an application form in order to register.

Additional Language Courses

Greek 801: Reading the Greek New Testament | Offered throughout the Graduate School’s 6 Week Residential Program (June 21 – July 30)
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 1 – 3:30 pm | Dr. Kevin Tracy
This course focuses on applying the knowledge acquired at the elementary and intermediate levels in the context of interpreting ancient texts. The readings are extended passages from the Greek New Testament with a special focus on the gospels (3 credits)

LATN 501/Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin | Online pre-recorded class offered during the Graduate School’s online summer semester (May 17 – August 14)
Dr. Robert J. Matava, Instructor
An introduction to the Latin language by which students may begin to develop reading competency in Latin. The course covers resources and techniques for effective learning of Latin, the Latin case system, the five main cases of the first three declensions, all six verb tenses in the active and passive voices of the indicative mood, and complex sentences and subordination, and several Latin prayers. This course may be taken on a pass/fail basis and does not count toward the graduate-level theology credits required for the MA degree. The course may not be audited as participation is required.
It is an MA-degree requirement that students concentrating in systematic or moral theology demonstrate an ability to read Latin. Students may fulfill the language competency requirement by completing LATN 501, or they may test out by taking a competency exam consisting of a Scriptural or theological passage to be translated into English with the aid of a dictionary.

Register for these through the Graduate School’s registration portal.  New students will need to fill out an application form in order to register.

Contact:

For questions about the Polis program, please contact Mr. Stephen Hill, rstephenhill@gmail.com.

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

For any other questions about the summer semester, please contact the Graduate School 703. 658.4304.

Cost to Attend

Cost to attend Polis courses (all-inclusive fee): $2,686

Cost to attend other language courses
Tuition for all other courses: $422/credit (= $1266 for 3 credit course)
Registration fee = $100
Additional $100 technology fee for online LATN 501 only
Room and board for three weeks: $927
Room and board for six weeks: $1,854

Campus Accommodations

Summer program accommodations are simple, standard college dormitory facilities. They are furnished with twin beds, desks, dressers, chairs, and small closets with a few clothes hangers.  We provide all residents with the following:

  • two twin sheets
  • one pillow
  • one pillowcase
  • one mattress pad
  • one light-weight blanket
  • one bath towel
  • two hand towels
  • one washcloth

The towels are small and some students like to bring extras. You may also wish to bring an additional pillow or blanket. Laundry facilities are in the dormitory and are available to students free of charge.

Roommates
Whenever possible, students taking courses for credit are given single rooms to facilitate deep study. Religious participants generally share rooms with those from their own religious order.  Audit students will be paired with a roommate. To request a particular roommate, please write the name of the individual with whom you wish to share a room by emailing Annie Adams at annie.adams@christendom.edu by May 15. No roommate requests can be accommodated after May 15, 2021.

Safety & Security Information
On every wing and floor of each dormitory, bulletin boards can be found with general information such as emergency contact numbers, directions to medical facilities, local maps, etc.  For your safety, a security officer is on patrol across campus each night.  Dormitories are accessible only by key cards, which will be issued to students upon arrival on campus. Students will receive more information on safety and security during the student orientation, and a staff member will be available for questions.

Accessibility Accommodations
Students are welcome to disclose any physical limitation or restriction that may affect their stay or require special attention by emailing Annie Adams (annie.adams@christendom.edu). We will place students in rooms that are appropriate for their needs.

Please Note: Christendom is a walking campus.  Although the campus is not large, students need to be able to walk to and from buildings or to provide their own transportation. The dining and classroom facilities are all handicap accessible.

All residential registrations and special requests MUST be received by May 15. Accommodations after this date cannot be guaranteed as space is limited and housing assignments are locked in by early June.

Transportation to/from Campus

Airport Shuttle Service

Christendom College’s undergraduate campus is located in Front Royal, VA, about an hour and a half outside of Washington, D.C. Christendom College offers shuttle service to and from Dulles International Airport (IAD) and the Vienna Metro Station (Orange Line) at the beginning and end of every summer session according to the dates and times listed below.

Please Note:

  • There is no additional charge to students who travel on the shuttles within these time-frames.
  • Requests outside of these set shuttle times cannot be accommodated by the Christendom shuttle service.
  • Shuttle services must be requested for each individual person traveling in your party at least three weeks prior to pick up.
  • We will send an email within 5 days before a student’s arrival, confirming the time and place of the van pick-up, and the driver’s name and cell phone number.
  • For questions about the shuttle services please contact the transportation office at 540-551-9170 .

Pick-Up Times

Please Note: All students are expected to meet AT Door #6 of Baggage Claim at Dulles and AT the South Kiss and Ride entrance of Vienna Metro Station according to the following times.

To Session I Saturday, June 19 To Session I Sunday, June 20
2 PM from Dulles,
2:30 PM from Vienna

(back to campus by 3:30 PM)
Noon from Dulles,
12:30 PM from Vienna

(back to campus by 1:30 PM)
7 PM from Dulles,
7:30 PM from Vienna

(back to campus by 8:30 PM)
5 PM from Dulles,
5:30 PM from Vienna

(back to campus by 6:30 PM)
To Session II
Saturday, July 10
To Session II
Sunday, July 11
2 PM from Dulles,
2:30 PM from Vienna

(back to campus by 3:30 PM)
Noon from Dulles,
12:30 PM from Vienna

(back to campus by 1:30 PM)
7 PM from Dulles,
7:30 PM from Vienna

(back to campus by 8:30 PM)
5 PM from Dulles,
5:30 PM from Vienna

(back to campus by 6:30 PM)

 Drop-off Times

Please Note: These times are for when the shuttle leaves the Front Royal campus and the approximate arrival time at Dulles and Vienna.

From Session I
Friday, July 9
From Session I
Saturday, July 10
Leave campus at 4 PM,
arrive at Dulles at 5 PM,
Vienna at 5:30 PM.
Leave campus at 6 AM,
arrive at Dulles at 7 AM,
Vienna at 7:30 AM.
From Session II
Friday, July 30
From Session II
Saturday, July 31
Leave campus at 4 PM,
arrive at Dulles at 5 PM,
Vienna at 5:30 PM.
Leave campus at 6 AM,
arrive at Dulles at 7 AM,
Vienna at 7:30 AM.

TO REGISTER for shuttle transportation, please complete the appropriate form found at the Transportation Portal.  

Be sure to include both an email address and a cell phone number. You will receive a confirmation once the form is submitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, please call us at 540-551-9170 to make sure we have received your request. We will send an email within 5 days of a student’s arrival, confirming the time and place of the van pick-up, and the driver’s name and cell phone number.

Please Note: Pick-up and Drop-off times are only estimations depending on traffic.  The Transportation Department allots extra time for all shuttle services, but cannot promise that shuttles will arrive at the specific time.  For this reason, it is very important that the transportation office has a way to contact you. Please be sure to log an email address AND, more importantly, a cell phone number where the driver can reach you in case there is a delay.

Shuttle service urgent situations

  • College Delay: If the college must delay a shuttle due to inclement weather, a staff member from the Transportation Office will contact all students scheduled for shuttles on their cellphones. For this reason, the Transportation Office requires that all students using shuttle service submit their cellphone numbers when requesting a shuttle.
  • Student Flight Delay: Should your flight be delayed, please call the Transportation Office phone number at 540-551-9170. If outside of business hours, please listen to the voicemail recording for instructions on how to reach a staff member via cellphone. If you have a last-minute delay, please call your van driver. Christendom Transportation cannot promise to provide shuttle service for all delayed flights, but will do its best to provide adequate service.

Parking on Campus

For those who plan to park on campus, there will be a lot available close to the dormitories.  Because of limited space across campus, we ask that those planning to drive get in touch with us (703-658-4304  | graduate@christendom.edu)  at the time of registration so that we can ensure a parking space for you.

Food Service

Meals & Special Dietary Needs

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily at St. Lawrence Commons. The cost of meals is included in the room and board charge for those residing on campus. Students with special dietary needs are encouraged to discuss their dietary needs with the Executive Chef (donald.higby@christendom.edu) to arrange accommodations.  Please follow this link for more information: https://www.christendom.edu/campus-life/student-services/dining-services/st-lawrence-commons-special-services/

Non-Residential Students

  • Please contact Chef Don in person or by email at donald.higby@christendom.edu (preferably with a week’s notice) before you plan to eat on campus. If you plan to regularly dine in the Commons during the semester, please communicate your schedule to the Chef.
  • Individual meal prices for non-resident students and guests are $8 per meal.
Christ the King Chapel

At the center of Christendom’s community, Christ the King chapel provides a beautiful setting for liturgy and worship.  The Sacraments are celebrated frequently, and the chapel is a peaceful setting for individual prayer.

Christendom offers daily Mass and Confession. During the Vita Consecrata Institute (June 28  – July 23), an additional morning Mass will be celebrated, along with daily Liturgy of the Hours and Exposition and Benediction.

Christendom’s Sunday Mass is offered in Christ the King Chapel at 10:00 AM.

The Christendom Chaplains (Fr. Marcus Pollard and Fr. Tom Shepanzyk) are available to graduate students for any spiritual needs; students can contact them at the rectory (540-622-6128) or by email fr.pollard@christendom.edu and fr.tom@christendom.edu.

Other Campus Facilities

St. John the Evangelist Library
The St. John the Evangelist Library is the center of the academic life of the Christendom College campus, and has a collection of more than 90,000 volumes specifically designed to serve and support the intellectual and spiritual formation of the students, faculty, administration, and staff. With this in mind, the library aims to provide an uplifting atmosphere and excellent instructional, reference, and collection services.

Students participating in the graduate school’s summer residential programs are able to check out books from the library and use available spaces for quiet study.  Additional information about the library’s services and collection may be found on the library webpage.

Crusader Gymnasium
The gymnasium is located near the Library and Saint Clare’s dorm and overlooks the Shenandoah River.  The 20,000 square-foot structure features:

  • Full size collegiate basketball court including side practice baskets
  • Regulation volleyball court with 2 practice courts
  • Full size (2) racquetball/handball courts
  • Fully functional weight room with free weights, strength machines, bench stations, and 2 multi-use machines
  • Fitness and cardio room equipped with treadmills, elliptical, free weights, medicine balls and mats
  • Student TV lounge with snack machines
  • 2 locker rooms with bathrooms and showers

Access to kayaks and canoes for use on the Shenandoah River is also available through the gym. Information on how to sign up will be provided during orientation.

Campus Map
A campus map is available for download here: Campus Map (pdf).  There are many scenic walkways and sights to explore on campus. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I arrive at and depart from campus?
You may access your dorm beginning at 3:00 pm Saturday before your classes start. There will be an orientation session for each program (MA, CLI, VCI) at 6:30 pm on the night before classes begin.

Dorms must be vacated no later than 10:00 am on the Saturday following the conclusion of each program to make room for any other attendees who are arriving (for example, VCI Session I participants must clear the room for VCI Session II participants).

2. If I am local to Christendom, can I attend classes without staying on campus?
Commuting students are more than welcome to attend classes. Please be sure to touch base with the Dean’s Assistant (annie.adams@christendom.edu) so that parking and food services may be appropriately arranged. Non-resident students are not required to attend orientation.

3. Is Christendom close to town?
Christendom is located roughly 5 miles from the town center of Front Royal.  There are limited public transportation options from campus to town.  A free shuttle service will run from campus to town once a week.

4. Can I receive mail while I am attending?
Students may receive mail at 134 Christendom Drive, Front Royal, VA, 22630.  Mail is distributed to resident students and faculty during the noon meal by Walter Janaro, Christendom College’s Registrar.  Students may give Walter outgoing mail at that time, or may drop off at his office in Regina Coeli. Postage can be purchased from Walter. In an emergency, a message may be left for a student at the college toll-free number: 800-877-5456.

5. What kind of activities are there to do during my stay?
Christendom has many beautiful hiking trails in the forest overlooking the Shenandoah River; we highly recommend that students take time to enjoy the scenery. The gym features racquetball and basketball courts, and the campus also has a tennis court which may be used by anyone (please note the equipment for tennis is not provided). The St. John the Evangelist Library offers a relaxing environment in which to study and read.

6. Does St. Lawrence Commons provide gluten-free/dairy-free eating options?
Students with any allergy concerns or other dietary requirements are encouraged to reach out to contact the kitchen (donald.higby@christendom.edu) with any restrictions and check out the St. Lawrence Commons Special Services page.

7. When is the last day to sign up for a residential program? 
While students can sign up for classes up until the day of when class begins, students are encouraged to sign up by May 15th.

Please note that we do need to know if you need housing and transportation by May 15 at the latest. Housing and transportation will not be guaranteed after that time.

8. Can I take online courses and attend the summer residential program at the same time?
Yes, some students choose to double up on their course load over the summer by taking both online and onsite courses. The online semester will run from May 17 – August 15 (a much longer semester than that of the 6 week program).

9. Is there a dress code?
Dress for classes and meals is business casual, but we ask that no shorts be worn at Mass. Summers in Virginia tend to be hot and humid. As such, each of the buildings is air-conditioned and some can be quite cool. We encourage students to also pack clothing that can be worn to enjoy the outdoors.

10. Is there internet on campus?
The dormitories, library, gym, and student center will have Wi-Fi connections available.  The library has computer labs that students may use during open hours.

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