Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies


Have you asked yourself the question, “What can I do with a degree in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies”?

A degree in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is a degree in the humanities—that is, both in the conduct among the humans of ancient civilizations around the Mediterranean basin and in the competencies pertinent to our own time and culture.

In addition to providing you with an in-depth knowledge of history, perspectives on cultural cross-pollination, and the opportunity to learn multiple languages, a CAMS degree will also offer you written communication proficiency, strong analytical skills, and training in interpersonal interaction and oral presentation. In short, a degree in CAMS is a degree in how to be successful in any workplace environment.

Our students have gone on to work on a number of projects, in a range of sectors. Recent CAMS graduates are currently working as…

  • Attorneys at law
  • Non-profit directors
  • College and university professors
  • Environmental researchers
  • Museum curators
  • Human rights activists
  • K-12 Latin teachers
  • Graduate students in Classics, archaeology, and language pedagogy

Under the editing hand of the CAMS Department’s own Dr. Ann Killebrew, The Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies released a special issue in 2015 on “Investing in the Future of the Past: Alternative Careers for Mediterranean Archaeologists.”  Download the full volume in PDF form   

Featured Graduate

Michaela Busic

Michaela graduated Penn State in 2019 with a degree in World Languages Education (Latin) and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. She was awarded the Robert E. Dengler Classics Prize, established in honor of a long-standing Classics faculty member and awarded to the year’s “outstanding” student majoring in any area of Classical Studies. Since graduation, Michaela has taken as job at St. William of York Catholic School, teaching Latin to students from first through eighth grade.

Michaela Busic

If you are interested in learning more about how a CAMS degree can serve you in your future career, please contact the CAMS Undergraduate Officer, Dr. Erin Hanses, at