Program Type: Cluster and Certificate

The Classics Cluster and Certificate offers several opportunities for students interested in Greek and Roman antiquity and/or its reception from medieval through contemporary times. Certificates are offered in Classical Latin, Ancient Greek, and Classical Reception Studies.

See Classics Cluster and Certificate Requirements for specific courses and procedures needed to complete this program.

Programs and Events

We offer language training, group theatre and museum trips to Chicago, informal reading groups, for-credit seminars, occasional colloquia on Greek and Latin literature and history (including material culture and art), and receptions.  

The Classics Cluster also hosts a yearlong extensive series of workshops in classical reception studies that combines visits by notable scholars and meetings devoted to student and faculty work. These workshops rigorously address methodological issues as well as a variety of substantive areas of research including intellectual history, art, literature, film, theatre, etc. Our research workshops are also affiliated with the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Who Should Apply

Doctoral candidates from any field are eligible to apply to join this intellectual “home” outside their department. Past participants have come from the following programs:

  • Philosophy
  • English
  • Comparative Literary Studies
  • History
  • Art History
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Communication Studies
  • Theatre and Drama
  • Performance Studies

How to Apply

Applicants to graduate studies at Northwestern interested in participating in this cluster should indicate their interest by completing a “Cluster Statement” when they apply to their respective graduate programs.  

Current students may join the cluster at any time. To participate in the cluster or certificate, please contact Professor Sara Monoson at

Who to Contact

Please contact the program director, listed below, with questions about this program. Or, explore the Classics website for more information.

S. Sara Monoson
Professor of Classics and Political Science
Office location: Scott Hall 305