The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program or certificate but does offer language courses in Latin. Courses in Latin contribute towards the degree in Classical studies. Latin was the language spoken and written by the ancient Romans from before Rome became a dominant power in the Mediterranean in the third century BC until after the fall of Rome in the fifth century AD. It remained a powerful common language in Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Europe. Latin is the immediate ancestor of the Romance Languages, and it is the original source for the majority of English words. The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers first-year Latin. Upper-level courses in Latin and courses in literature, ancient history and culture are offered by the Program in Classical Studies. For specific program requirements and the list of program courses, please consult the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Programs of Study section.