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Program Eligibility

If you have already earned an Associate’s Degree or completed at least 60 college credits (at Penn State or another institution), you may apply for direct enrollment in the Letters, Arts and Sciences program (LASCC).

If you have not attended college or completed 60 or more college credits, you may enter this major in your 4th semester of study at Penn State. You are also eligible to enroll in one of our Certificate or Associate Degree Programs before applying to the BA program.

If you have earned 90 credits or more at Penn State or another institution, then you may not apply for this major.

  • Current Penn State students should contact Campus Program Coordinator, Dr. Christyne Berzsenyi at cab39@psu.edu
  • Former Penn State Students (On Leave or Degree Stopped) desiring to re-enroll should contact the Registrar’s Office: wbregistrar@psu.edu or 570-675-9233
  • New and Transfer students should contact the Admissions office: wbadmissions@psu.edu or 570-675-9238

Requirements

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 15 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: 36 credits[1]

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
In consultation with adviser, select 24 credits from University-wide offerings to include:
a) 12 credits at the 400 level representing at least three different subject areas;
b) a 3 credit 400-level capstone course (to be selected in consultation wtih adviser);
c) at least 9 credits (of the 24 total) from the humanities and social sciences. (Sem: 1-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
In consultation with adviser, select 3 credits in research methods/projects from courses that involve research methodology or that focus on a research project; select 3 credits in communication skills from courses that focus on expression including those in verbal, symbolic, and written skills; select 3 credits in theory/application from courses that focus on theory, principle, central concepts, or fundamental issues; select 3 credits in critical analysis from courses that focus on evaluation, synthesis, and analysis. (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

 

Undergraduate Bulletin Program Descriptions:

A.A. in Letters, Arts & Sciences


Semester Plans:

A.A. in Letters, Arts & Sciences