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Ben Whitesell

Academic Adviser

220 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-4121

Office Hours:

  • Advising Areas: History, Religious Studies, Medieval Studies, Middle East Studies, Latin American Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Jewish Studies
  • To schedule an appointment or for information about drop-in advising, see the links below.
  • Summer hours by appointment only.


  1. B.A. Religious Studies, Penn State University, 2004


I have been living in central Pennsylvania for most of my life and when it came time to start College, University Park was the obvious choice. They offer so many programs and opportunities that it didn't matter what I was interested in pursuing, I knew Penn State would have it.

Math and Science was where I excelled and the study of Physics and the Universe was, and still is, a personal interest to me. So, I entered my university career planning on majoring in Physics and focusing on Quantum Mechanics. In my very first semester at University Park I enrolled in PHIL 103, Introduction to Ethics. I was just meeting a General Education requirement in the summer before starting my Science courses in the fall. Here I was introduced to many of the philosophies of the world, religious and secular. I found a passion for Comparative Religion and Philosophy that I never knew existed and quickly changed my program of study to Religious Studies.

Now I advise a diverse group of students at University Park Campus who are pursuing degrees in History, Classics, Jewish Studies, Medieval Studies, and Latin American Studies.

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