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Classics, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Classics program of Northwestern University comprises the multidisciplinary study of the language, literature, history, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and their transformations in other cultures from late antiquity to the present.
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Classics at Northwestern offers a new model of classical studies for the 21st century. We offer a range of beginner to advanced courses, all of which provide stimulating and demanding material and develop skills in writing, critical analysis, and the exploration of other cultures. Classics has consistently been on the forefront of innovation in the curriculum from participating in selective interdisciplinary undergraduate programs to spearheading in the humanities. 

Classics majors may pursue a concentration in Latin, Greek, or both languages. For a Classics minor, students may choose a concentration with readings in Latin or in Greek or a classical studies concentration with sources in English translation only.

Beyond coursework, we place great emphasis on research skills in seminars and research opportunities, making Classics very active in the university-wide initiative to enrich undergraduate experience in research. We also strongly encourage students to undertake in Rome or Athens for a summer, a term, or the academic year.

Career paths

Classics is a demanding and distinctive course of study that stresses the development of some exceedingly important intellectual sensibilities—close reading, analytical clarity, thorough research, evaluation of evidence, logical analysis, effective writing, appreciation of nuance and subtleties, historical variability, cultural differences. Our students are well prepared to succeed after college. Recent majors have gone on to graduate school and employment in fields as varied as medicine, law, art history, business, secondary education and, sometimes, even Classics. The database maintained by the Northwestern Career Advancement office highlights the breadth of professional opportunities offered to Classics majors in terms of industry areas, jobs/internships, typical employers, skills employers look for, and examples of where alumni work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • War and Peace in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Roman History and Culture
  • The Art of Trash-Talk: Invective Poetry Through the Ages
  • Archaeology of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae
  • The Foundation of Rome: Myth and History
  • Accelerated Elementary Ancient and Biblical Greek

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application*
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores†
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores‡ (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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