Because of a cooperative arrangement between the three universities, students enrolled at any university may register in courses at the others. Students may enroll in one of the following Departments:
- Classics, Northwestern University
- Philosophy, Northwestern University
- Classics, University of Chicago
- Philosophy, University of Chicago
- Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago
There are regularly scheduled workshops, reading groups focusing on Greek and Latin texts, and visiting speakers in ancient philosophy on the participating campuses; students are welcome to attend gatherings at all the institutions. In addition, at Joint Meetings of all consortium members interspersed throughout the year, faculty present their work in progress. The consortium also organizes conferences in ancient Greek or Roman philosophy every other year; advanced graduate students in the Consortium are sometimes invited to be respondents at the conference. Finally, students working on their dissertations are welcome to work with members of the other institutions; click here for the list of faculty in the Consortium.
Students interested in graduate study in ancient philosophy in Chicago should apply to the particular PhD programs they are interested in; there is no one common admission procedure. For information about the application procedure, or to apply on-line, please go to the websites of the particular programs you are interested in applying to.
Students may indicate their interest in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy when applying for admission to any of the universities or at any time in their graduate career. Some prior training in philosophy and in Greek or Latin is desirable. As a rule, however, standards for admission to the PhD programs are not different for students who indicate an interest in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and for those who do not.
While specializing in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy in the original languages, students will satisfy the Ph.D. requirements of their own department. Whether any particular course inside or outside the home institution will count towards the course requirements of the PhD depends on the particular distribution requirements of that PhD program; students should consult the Director of Graduate Studies of their home institution. (For example, no PhD program allows students to take only courses in ancient philosophy, and most require students to take a certain number of courses at the home institution.) Students who are writing PhD dissertations are welcome to work with faculty members of the Consortium who are not at their own institution, and may arrange for those faculty members to be on their thesis advisory committees. The Ph.D. degree will be conferred by the university in which the student is enrolled.
For more information about the program, please write to any one of the faculty listed on the Faculty page or to the program coordinator.
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where you will find instructions for subscribing to the ancient philosophy email listserv.