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Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an intellectually stimulating and diverse department offering an active undergraduate group, personal attention, and a welcoming atmosphere in a large University. CAMS is an excellent liberal arts major that prepares students for virtually any profession after college through its emphasis on the development of written and oral communication and analytical skills, as well as a deep perspective on history and culture. We encourage students to take advantage of the CAMS community and our many resources. We offer courses in the languages and cultures of Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Near East, Anatolia, and the Levant.  We also offer study abroad programs in Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Israel as well as archaeological excavations in Egypt and Israel.



Zachariah Mandell at the 2014 Thesis Honors Presentation

Penn State students have combined a major in CAMS with majors in Anthropology, Archaeological Science, Art History, English, Communication Arts and Science, Comparative Literature, Economics, German, History, International Politics, Italian, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Women’s Studies.

Students in the Smeal College of Business have also majored in CAMS, as have students in the Colleges of Art and Architecture, Communications, Education, Earth and Mineral Science, Agricultural Sciences, Health and Human Development, and the Eberly College of Science.

Join us!  “We can’t overestimate the value of a Classics major.”  See the article in The Princeton Review.

If these pages do not answer your questions, please contact: Mary Lou Zimmerman Munn or Ben Whitesell

Student Testimonial

“The day I changed my major to Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies was one of the happiest of my college career.  Even before switching to CAMS,  I was interested in what the department had to offer. (...)
An undergraduate advisor suggested LATIN 003 as a way of easing into college life, as I had taken Latin classes throughout high school and had performed well on the Advanced Placement exams.  The beginning was rough, but I enjoyed the challenge of translating Latin prose and the information that the texts conveyed.  Although I pursued an Advertising degree during my first two years of college, I continued to sign up for Latin courses, and by the end of my sophomore year, I had realized that Classics, not Advertising, was the right major for me. In addition to the Latin courses, I also studied the ancient civilizations of Rome, Greece, and Egypt in the CAMS major.  All of these classes were interesting, educational, and taught by knowledgeable faculty members.   The CAMS faculty is always helpful; they provide insight into the class material and make suggestions for outside reading during office hours and after class.  When I wrote my senior thesis for the Honors College, I received much help from the CAMS faculty while researching and writing the thesis.  Now that I have received my diplomas from Penn State, both in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Spanish, I have decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Education.  I have been accepted at the Complutense University of Madrid, one of the oldest universities in Europe, to study secondary education, specializing in classical languages.  I am confident that the education I received at Penn State, notably in the CAMS department, will aid me greatly in my postgraduate studies and in securing a teaching job, whether in the United States, Spain, or elsewhere.”

Celia Meehan
2010 CAMS graduate

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