Undergraduate Research

The Department of Classics encourages its majors and minors to do research both independently and in cooperation with faculty members. Research assistantships for students to work with faculty members on research projects are available, as is funding to help students carry out their own research and present it at various venues. Students interested in undergraduate research projects should consult with their faculty advisor.

Examples of recent undergraduate research projects include:

Undergraduate Assistantships

  • A database of Greek dramatic meters 
  • Imperial Treasures: The Search for Agrippina's Lost Memoirs 
  • The Influence of Livy in the Modern World 
  • Siglos and Drakhma: Numismatic Metrology of the Northwestern Satrapies in the Achaemenid Empire, 500-300 
  • Images of Ancient Music 
  • Greek and Roman Music 

Senior Theses

  • Teaching Erinna's Epigrams 
  • Ancient Greek, African, and African-American Trickster Myths 
  • Hera-Cults of Argos and Samos
  • War and Glory: The Myth of Spartan Militarism
  • Galen's Polemic and Praise per tes kardias: How Hippocrates and Erasistratus Fathered a Milennium of Misunderstanding 
  • Foreign Voices: Caesar's Use of 'Enemy' Speech in de Bello Gallico
  • Simus inter Exempla: Exempla and Innovation in Valerius Maximus, Seneca and Juvenal

Other Student Research Projects

  • "Royal" Purple in the Bronze Age Aegean
  • The Geometric Continuum in the Works of Archimedes 
  • Ovid’s Art of Love Book 3: The ‘Zine
  • Building an Ancient Greek Cithara

opportunities for presenting research

Undergraduate Conferences


Deciding to pursue a second major in Classics was the best decision I made at WashU. As a pre-med with a primary major in Biology, it was very important to me to broaden my interests beyond just the realm of science and medicine, and Classics was the natural choice. Not only did Classics allow me to balance my schedule between science, language, and ancient history, it also gave me a better appreciation for how modern languages, government, cultures, and even medicine evolved from the ancients.

―Lisa DornMD / PhD Candidate, Medical Scientist Training Program, The Ohio State University