Credit where credit is due
I join the Current in applauding offering Latin courses but wish to correct what seriously misrepresents my actions as Dean.
I did not permanently cut Latin courses in May 1997 but instead decided, in consultation with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, to delay starting another Latin 1/2/101 sequence until Fall 1999 so that the critical mass of students (12-15) would exist. Latin 101 was offered in 1998-1999 so that those students who had started the sequence in Fall 1997 could complete it.
In short, the decision to have Latin 1 in 1998 was made by me in May 1997. It was known then that Latin was not being eliminated.
On a historical note, one of my first decisions upon becoming Dean in 1983 was to reintroduce the Latin sequence. I believe then, as I do now, that it should be available for UM-St. Louis students.
Professor of Political Science
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