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CAMS as Second Major

Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an excellent major to combine with majors in other disciplines.  Whether you already have a major in Liberal Arts or in another college, CAMS adds a beneficial program of study for your post-college plans and life enrichment.

Students have combined a major in CAMS with a second major or certificate such as 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 College of Communications, the College of Education, the Eberly College of Science, the College of Earth and Mineral Science, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the College of Health and Human Development.


See Ben Whitesell, the CAMS Academic Advisor, to review your degree audit and see how a CAMS Major or Minor may fit with your other programs of study. E-mail Ben Whitesell for an appointment at

You may also contact Mary Lou Munn, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, at

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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