Summer Study: Classical, Medieval and Near Eastern Institute

Notre Dame's summer language courses are for motivated undergraduates and graduate students. Our courses give students the opportunity to study the ancient languages necessary to understanding Greek and Roman, Judaic, Early Christian, Medieval and Byzantine civilizations. Students may study a language while taking additional courses in history or theology.

Our campus is comfortable and serene during the summer. On-campus housing and food service are convenient, readily available, and comparatively inexpensive. In addition, Notre Dame’s Library has special strengths in Biblical Studies, Early Christian Literature, Medieval Studies, and Byzantine Studies. 

See the full list of course times and offerings.

These courses are fully on-line.

Medieval Institute Summer Courses



CLLA 10001/60001 01
MTWRF 8:45-10:45, 11:10-12:30


CLLA 10002/60002 01
MTWRF 8:45-10:45, 11:10-12:30

This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Romans for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Latin texts. An appreciation for ancient Roman culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion.


CLLA 20103/60103 01
MTWRF 10:30-12:30

This course builds on the work of Beginning Latin I and II. It combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Latin authors such as Cornelius Nepos and Ovid. The course improves students' translating skills, introduces methods for studying Latin literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and prepares students for more advanced work in the sophisticated literature of the ancient Romans.


CLLA 40116/60116 01
Prof. David Gura
MTWR 10:30-12:05

This introduction to the Latin language and literature of the late antique and medieval periods (fourth to fifteenth centuries) is designed both to introduce students to distinctive characteristics of medieval Latin, and to move students toward independent work with medieval Latin texts. Students will learn about developments in medieval Latin (morphology, syntax, vocabulary, orthography and pronunciation); practice close reading and accurate translation of a broad and representative selection of medieval Latin texts (including examples of the following: Latin influenced by another language; administrative Latin; technical texts; scholastic Latin; Latin of various professions; narrative accounts; imitations of classical style; formal styles; rhymed prose; cursus; ornamented styles; rhymed and metric poetry); review and practice the principal constructions of classical Latin in order bolster confidence and accuracy in comprehension and translation; and be introduced to some of the areas and tools of medieval Latin philology, including lexica, bibliographies, important edited collections and repertories of sources (printed and online) through exercises involving the use of these sources. Note: The Medieval Academy of America¿s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) a limited number of stipends for graduate students taking summer courses in Medieval Latin or Latin Paleography for credit through the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame. Application details and eligibility information are available at

LATIN DIPLOMATICS (Post-poned until Summer 2021)

CLLA 60122 01
Dr. Federico Gallo
MTWRF 2:00-4:30

One of the most fascinating disciplines in Medieval Studies is Diplomatics. Though loosely connected with "diplomacy" through its Greek root diploma, the scholarly discipline of Diplomatics is in fact the science of reading medieval documents. Such documents, which include decrees, letters, and charters, are composed in Latin on parchment or paper (rarely, papyrus) and are written in specific formats by a chancery or notary. The discipline began in the seventeenth century in continental Europe in connection with paleography (though in the English-speaking world it has come to signify a history of British Chanceries). This course presents the multifaceted Continental tradition of the discipline, including work on public and private documents, external and internal characteristics, chronology, seals, tradition, conservation, research, and Papal Diplomatics. Coursework will consist of both theoretical lessons and practical exercises of reading and interpreting.

Ancient Greek 

Beginning Greek I

CLGR 10001/60001 01
MTWRF 8:45-10:45, 11:10-12:30

Beginning Greek II

CLGR 10002/60002 01
MTWRF 8:45-10:45, 11:10-12:30

This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Greeks for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Greek texts. An appreciation for ancient Greek culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion.

Patristic and Byzantine Greek (not offered Summer 2021)

CLGR 30199/60199 01
MTWR 2:00-3:40

The Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire holds a crucial place in the history of Greek letters. Not only did Byzantine scribes forge the vital link between antiquity and modernity, but Byzantine mystics, poets, philosophers, and statesmen have left behind a vast and varied corpus of texts expressing the diverse discourses contributing to the formation of Byzantium. In this course, students will engage this corpus through a survey of texts composed in different historical and geographical contexts and encompassing a variety of genres (including historiography, hagiography, mystical literature, and poetry). In this course, students will encounter the writings of John of Damascus, the nun Kassia, St. Basil the Younger's hagiographer Gregory, Symeon the New Theologian, Michael Psellos, and Anna Komnene. Students will also receive an introduction to Greek paleography. Prerequisite: At least one year (two semesters) of classical or Koine Greek.


Introduction to Syriac (Canceled)

CLSS 60101 01
Dr. Adam Bremer-McCollum
MTW 12:30-4:40

This course will offer basic familiarity with the Semitic language of Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic. Participants will learn grammar and vocabulary for basic reading which will serve as a basis for further study of Syriac. Syriac is important for any who are interested in early translations of the Bible, monasticism, patristics, church history, liturgy, hagiography, homilies, Manichaeism, the transmission of Greek philosophy, and Semitic linguistics. No previous experience with Syriac (or another Semitic language) is assumed.