Honors and Awards

The Department of Classics recognizes excellent work by undergraduates by conferring Honors in Classics on eligible students who complete a senior thesis, and by awarding annual Joseph Clyde Murley Prizes for Excellence in Greek and Latin, Undergraduate Research in Classical Literature and Culture, and Best Thesis.

Department of Classics Honors Coordinator: 
Prof. John Schafer

Honors in Classics

Murley Prizes

The Department of Classics recognizes exceptional work by students by awarding annually a number of different prizes all named in honor of our benefactor, Joseph Clyde Murley , a member of the Northwestern faculty in Classics from 1921-57 (PhD Chicago, 1920). 

These may include:

  • Excellence in both Latin and Greek
  • Excellence in Greek
  • Excellence in Latin
  • Best Thesis
  • Undergraduate Research in Classical Literature and Culture

Faculty members in classics nominate students for consideration for the Greek and Latin prizes, as well as for the thesis prize.

The Murley Prize for Undergraduate Research in Classical Literature and Culture is an open competition. All current Northwestern undergraduates in any year in any department are eligible to submit work for consideration by the prize committee in the department of classics. The prize will recognize the best undergraduate essay on any aspect of ancient Greek and Roman literature and culture and/or the heritage and traditions of classical antiquity. Essays may be of any length, but must have been submitted as part of an undergraduate course in any department at Northwestern during the academic year (including thesis work in departments other than classics).  Note: Essays written for a spring quarter course (that is, papers that are prepared after the submission deadline date for the academic year's competition) may be submitted in the next academic year's competition.  Submissions to this competition are limited to one essay per student.

Applicants should submit a brief letter specifying their name, year, departmental affiliation and major/minor (where applicable), contact details (email, campus address), the name, number and year/quarter of the course for which the essay was written, and the exact title of their essay.

Attached to the letter of application applicants are asked to submit a copy of the essay displaying the exact title as specified in the letter, but without the applicant's name.

Applications may be submitted anytime during the year, but no later than the classics department thesis deadline. Please obtain deadline details from the director of undergraduate studies, John Wynne.  Submit the paper itself (printed copy or via e-mail attachment) to the Classics Department Assistant, Crowe Hall 3-178.

All awards are announced at our annual Lamb Roast held at the end of the spring quarter.