Independent Study


All majors complete a one-semester Independent Study seminar in junior year and a two-semester senior I.S. Working closely with a faculty advisor, each senior identifies a topic of interest, researches it intensively, and writes an extensive study which must later be defended in an oral examination before two members of the department.

Recent Topics

“Power in the Hands of Queens: An Analysis of Egyptian Queenship through Museum Representation,” Caitlin Kerzan, 2020
Department: Classical Studies

“Lost in Excavation: A Study of Ancient Greek Burial Artefacts and How They Are Displayed in Museums in Context of Their History,” Nina Ruth Hooper Rusmore, 2020
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Classical Studies

“Infection Control! Synergism in Hippocratic Wound Infection Theory and the Antimicrobial Efficacy of the Barbarum Plaster against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” Araam Abboud, 2019
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Classical Studies

“The Ghosts of Terentia: The History and Historiographical Representations of the Woman who Married Cicero,” Mary McKinley, 2019
Department: Classical Studies; History

“The Enigma of the Twelve Handmaidens: An Analysis of Book 22 of Homer’s Odyssey,” Theodora Evinger, 2018
Department: Classical Studies

“Zero to Hero: Elite Burials and Hero Cults in Early Iron Age Greece and Cyprus,” Alina M. Karapandzich, 2018
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies