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Students in CAMS, History, Jewish Studies, and Religious Studies (Weaver Building Programs) should utilize the following advising system. Please take a moment to review these guidelines so you will know which staff person to consult.

Cody Miller

108 Weaver


  • Schedule, add, or drop a course
  • Late add a course, or add a course that is full
  • Get information on present and future course offerings
  • Find out about standard requirements for Weaver Building majors and minors
  • Apply for independent study that has been approved by a faculty member
  • Receive verification that you have completed a Weaver Building minor


Ben Whitesell

220 Weaver


Drop-in Hours: Monday-Thursday 1:30-3:30

  • Declare a major in CAMS
  • Understand and discuss your graduation audit
  • Receive approval to graduate
  • Receive authorization for a course substitution for the major or minor
  • Transfer credits from another institution
  • Pursue multiple (double, concurrent) majors
  • Earn credits or acquire work experience through an internship program
  • Earn Penn State credit/s for courses taken under a (Penn State or other) program of study abroad
  • Pursue independent study (Ex: CAMS 496)
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Plan a program of study abroad
  • Discuss academic difficulty, withdrawal, or leave of absence



Some CAMS majors pursue careers in business, law, government, publishing, and the arts, and many CAMS majors proceed to graduate school in classics or in such disciplines as archaeology, art history, conservation and museum studies, comparative literature, history, law, theology, and religious studies. Graduate work is normally required for teaching and research at a college or university or for museum and library work. Students may choose to combine continued graduate work in CAMS disciplines with graduate technical education--for example: a master's program in classics and a master's program in information/library science, archive, or museum studies.

Those who prefer to teach high school must satisfy the Pennsylvania State Department of Education certification requirements for secondary education. For further information, contact the office of the Coordinator for Teacher Education Programs in the Penn State College of Education (Chambers Building): (814) 865-2197.

The College of the Liberal Arts provides a variety of career development programs for students, including field trips and meetings with alumni in various careers. The Academic Student Services Center (ASSC) in 136 Sparks Building: (814) 865-2545, can provide information and registration forms.

Students planning to attend law school or other professional school following graduation should consult with the College of the Liberal Arts Pre-Professional Coordinator in 136 Sparks Building: (814) 865-2545. This office can provide expert advice in selecting courses and in preparing for the LSAT or other required examinations.

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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