Message from the Chair

Classics at Northwestern University comprises a lively group of multidisciplinary scholars with broad interests who are engaged in a variety of research and teaching projects about Greek and Roman antiquity. Please browse the faculty profiles for details of their specific research areas. All these scholars work together to provide a strong, imaginative curriculum, including excellent training in both Greek and Latin.

Our undergraduate majors and minors are intellectually ambitious students who enjoy small classes, strong advising by faculty, and support for extra-curricular activities. The requirements for the major in Classics and minors in Greek and Latin allow students considerable flexibility in the design of their personal programs of study and the opportunity to undertake independent research through enrollment in our Research Seminar for Majors.

We also offer a minor in Classical Studies that is open to students from all NU Schools who wish to develop a secondary area of specialization in a subfield of classics or classical traditions (e.g., ancient philosophy, Greek or Latin literature, ancient drama and modern performance, ancient politics, Roman history), or to freely explore aspects of Greek and Roman culture as part of a strong undergraduate liberal arts education. Students may choose to complete all the reading for this new minor in translation.

We partner with the University’s Classical Traditions Initiative (CTI) to offer a full schedule of programming (lectures, workshops, reading groups, trips) that brings together graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty across departments (e.g., theatre and drama, philosophy, writing arts, comparative literary studies, art history, German, English, anthropology, classics, political theory, medieval studies, communication studies, medical ethics). This programming offers a mix of classics talks, events with cognate fields, and workshops designed to place our understanding of antiquity in provocative juxtaposition with more contemporary sources and issues.

Classics and CTI also collaborate to support several strong graduate programs at NU that offer classics-related pathways of study (for example, comparative literary studies, ancient philosophy, medieval studies, political theory). You can find details on the CTI graduate page and on the Interdisciplinary Cluster Initiative page of The Graduate School.

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