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:

    Senior Theses

    • Prescriptive Memories of Female Monks in the Lives of Pachomius (Kaysie Wachs)
    • Understanding Livian Women: Agency, Morality, and Change in the Women of Books 1-5 of Livy's History of Rome (Chase Moriarty)
    • Teaching Erinna's Epigrams (Eva Dalzell)
    • Ancient Greek, African, and African-American Trickster Myths (Pascale Stain)
    • Hera-Cults of Argos and Samos (Charley Cotton)
    • War and Glory: The Myth of Spartan Militarism (Joshua Trosch)
    • Galen's Polemic and Praise per tes kardias: How Hippocrates and Erasistratus Fathered a Millennium of Misunderstanding (Lisa Dorn)
    • Foreign Voices: Caesar's Use of 'Enemy' Speech in de Bello Gallico (Haley Flagg)

    Other Student Projects

    • A survey and study on allyship in Classics (Nina Bhatia)
    • An illustrated Latin novella (Sanjeevani Bhavsar)
    • "Royal" Purple in the Bronze Age Aegean (Russell Clark)
    • The Geometric Continuum in the Works of Archimedes (Joe Foster)
    • Ovid’s Art of Love Book 3: The ‘Zine (Kat Bourek)
    • Building an Ancient Greek Cithara (Joshua Trosch)

    Undergraduate Assistantships with Faculty

    • A database of Greek dramatic meters 
    • 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 

    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