North Central College - Naperville, IL
Classical Civilization major

For Erica, studying Latin as part of her classical civilization major has been useful both in and out of the classroom. She can decode some Spanish and French now, since both languages evolved from Latin roots, and during her Semester at Sea she was “everyone’s translator, because I was the only one who could read the tombstones at the Roman baths.” In fact, she believes that her studies have led to her life’s work–translating Latin into English, Japanese and French. “Language is intimately tied to culture,” she says. “It reflects the way people think.”