A strong tradition of collaborative student-faculty research is an important aspect of the classical studies major. Student research in classics takes many shapes, whether that be a traditional research paper, podcasts for Latin poetry, the performance of a Roman comedy, or something completely new.

We ask students to use the ancient world as a laboratory to engage research problems that were no less modern even in antiquity: economic decision making and risk management, political responses to crises, the role of comedy and satire in public discourse, and expressions, and use, of power, among many others.

Cornell Student Symposium & professional conferences

Each year, Cornell students present the results of their research at the Cornell Student Symposium. The symposium gives students the opportunity to gain experience not only in gathering information and contributing new ideas to academia, but also in presenting their findings in a formal setting.


As a Cornell student, you will receive strong support for high-level fellowship and internship experiences. Cornell's One Course At A Time curriculum extends these opportunities because you can dedicate yourself full-time in internships or fellowships for a block or longer. Classical studies students have recently held internships or fellowships at the following locations:

  • Global Zero, Washington, D.C.
  • Center for Hellenic Studies/Sunoikisis Archaeological Field School, Kenchreai, Greece
  • Persepolis Fortification Project, Chicago
  • Alliance Francaise, Milwaukee
  • Office of the State Archaeologist, Iowa City, Iowa
  • The African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • World Trade Press, Petaluma, California