Graduate Interdisciplinary Cluster Initiative
The department of philosophy is currently actively involved in a new initiative of the Graduate School, the Interdisciplinary Cluster Initiative. Particularly in the areas of Gender Studies, Critical Theory, Classical Traditions, the department seeks suitable applicants with a strong background in philosophy, who would like to explore and use the new offerings of the clusters.
Graduate students in Humanities and related fields are encouraged to participate in this Interdisciplinary Cluster Initiative. The program is designed to help graduate students during their academic career at Northwestern by fostering connections with students and faculty in other programs with whom they might have natural intellectual affinities. Interdisciplinary clusters in different areas of intellectual inquiry have been developed by faculty across schools and programs and will provide a second intellectual home for incoming and current graduate students. Clusters offer their own discrete courses as well as sponsor a number of activities and events for students and faculty. Students interested in pursuing dedicated interdisciplinary study can learn more about the intellectual activities of these programs. Prospective students have the opportunity to select on their application to graduate school the cluster with which they would like to affiliate, though choosing a cluster is not a requirement for admission. Students may affiliate with a cluster at any point during their study at Northwestern.
Northwestern University has been awarded a $4.5 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support new innovative programs for students in The Graduate School. (More details)
Current interdisciplinary clusters are:
- African Studies*
- Asian Studies
- British Studies
- Comparative and Historical Social Science*
- Comparative Race and Diaspora
- Critical Studies in Theatre and Performance
- Critical Theory*
- Gender and Sexuality Studies*
- Jewish Studies
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Medieval Studies*
- Middle East and North African Studies (MENA)*
- Poetry and Poetics
- Rhetoric and Public Culture
- Science Studies
*Also a certificate program
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