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Classics (Cluster and Certificate)

The Classics Cluster and Certificate offer 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 Studies.

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 s-monoson@northwestern.edu.

Who to contact

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

Cluster requirements

  • To affiliate with the cluster, attendance at cluster events is required. To complete the cluster association, students must complete three cluster-approved courses, including CLA 400.

Certificate requirements

  • The Graduate Certificate in Classical Latin, recognizing advanced philological training, requires five courses in total from an approved multi-disciplinary list, no more than two of which can be in the student’s PhD department. At least two must be sections of Latin 310 and/or Latin 400.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Ancient Greek, recognizing advanced philological training, requires five courses in total from an approved multi-disciplinary list, no more than two of which can be in the student’s PhD department. At least two must be sections of Greek 301 and/or Greek 400.
  • Graduate Certificate in Classical Studies, recognizing advanced training on the relationship between ancient texts, artifacts, images, practices, or figures and their afterlife in later cultural contexts (literature, philosophy, pop culture, art, etc.), requires five courses in total from an approved multi-disciplinary list. One must be CLA 400, the yearlong Research Workshop in Classical Receptions at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (CLA 400 can be repeated). No more than two can be from the student’s PhD department.