University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (CAMS)
Professor Mark Munn, Head, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is concerned with the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world, including the ancient Greeks, Romans, and the peoples of Egypt and the Near East. The study of these civilizations includes their languages and literatures, history and politics, religion and mythologies, philosophies, and material culture. Students electing the CAMS major follow one of three options. The Ancient Languages Option requires study of Greek or Latin, one or more of the languages of the ancient Near East, or a combination of languages, and is recommended especially for students planning to pursue any classical, Near Eastern, or Egyptian subject in graduate school; planning rabbinic or seminary study; or preparing to teach Latin or Greek at the secondary level. Students in the Language Option are urged to schedule at least one course in historical linguistics or comparative grammar. The Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology (AMA) Option is designed for students interested in the physical evidence for ancient Mediterranean cultures, including the rise and development of settlements and cities; ceramics, metals, stone, and organic remains; and population changes over time. The Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) Option is suitable for students interested in a broadly interdisciplinary study of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and does not require study of language, although students are encouraged to study the appropriate ancient languages. All students in the major are particularly encouraged to participate in one of the Penn State Education Abroad Programs and/or archaeological field schools in the Mediterranean area. Approved archaeological fieldwork is required for the AMA Option. Up to 15 credits of appropriate education abroad courses may be applied to requirements for the major.
For the B.A. degree in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, a minimum of 123 credits is required.
Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selections)
UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selections, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
ELECTIVES: 20-24 credits
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 30-34 credits
COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 18 credits
No more than 15 credits in courses numbered 099, 199, 299, 399, or 499 may count toward the requirements for the major.
PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
CAMS 005 GH(3) (Sem: 1-6)
CAMS 400W(3) (Sem: 5-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 3 credits in Greek or Roman literature and language, civilization, or archaeology from approved department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in Near Eastern literature and language, civilization, or archaeology from approved department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits, at or above the 100 level, from appropriate offerings in ancient Near Eastern languages and literatures, ancient history, anthropology, art history, classics and ancient Mediterranean studies, Greek, Hebrew, Jewish studies, Latin, linguistics, philosophy, or religious studies from approved department list (Sem: 1-8)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 12-16 credits
ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY OPTION: (15-16 credits)
Students in this option must complete one season of approved archaeological fieldwork at an ancient Mediterranean or related site. Up to 6 credits of fieldwork may be applied to the COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR.
ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
CAMS 440W(3) (Sem: 5-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12-13 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following courses: CAMS 492(3), CAMS 493(3), or other 400-level fieldwork course in an approved archaeological project in the Mediterranean region or Near East in consultation with major adviser. (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from the following course list:
CAMS 090 GH;IL(3) or J ST 090 GH;IL(3) or RL ST 090 GH;IL(3); CAMS 104 GH(3) or HIST 104 GH(3) or J ST 104(3) or RL ST 104 GH;US;IL(3); CAMS 133 GH(3) or J ST 133 GH(3) or RL ST 133 GH(3); CAMS 134 GH;IL(3) or J ST 134 GH;IL(3) or RL ST 134 GH;IL(3); CAMS 140 GH;IL(3), or CAMS 150 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3-4 credits from the following course list:
ANTH 410(4), ANTH 420(3) or J ST 420(3); ANTH 426W(3) or ANTH 428(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ANCIENT LANGUAGES OPTION: (12 credits)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
At least 6 credits must be in one language.
Select 12 credits at the 400 level in either Greek or Latin or in Akkadian, Aramaic, Biblical Hebrew, Egyptian, Hittite, Sumerian, or other ancient Near Eastern language in consultation with major adviser. (Sem: 1-8)
CLASSICAL AND ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES OPTION: (12 credits)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: 12 credits
Select 6 credits at the 400 level from Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS), ancient Near Eastern languages, Greek, or Latin courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits at the 400 level from appropriate courses in ancient Near Eastern languages and literature, ancient history, anthropology, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish studies, linguistics, philosophy, or religious studies from approved department list (Sem: 5-8)
Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2007
Blue Sheet Item #: 35-05-116
Review Date: 3/6/07