Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

Letters, Arts, and Sciences is a multi-disciplinary, theme-oriented, and student-designed major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The objectives of the Letters, Arts, and Sciences major are to broaden the student's understanding, interests, and skills; to help the student become a more responsible, productive member of the family and community; and to offer a degree program with sufficient electives to permit some specialization according to the student's interests or career plans. Letters, Arts, and Sciences is a complete two-year degree major. However, graduates who later seek admission to baccalaureate degree majors may apply baccalaureate credits toward the new degree.

In addition to a wide variety of baccalaureate majors offered at University Park campus, graduates of the Letters, Arts, and Sciences major may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree majors in Behavioral Sciences, Elementary Education, Humanities, or Public Policy offered at Penn State Harrisburg. Or they may qualify for any of a large number of baccalaureate degree majors offered by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in business, the liberal arts, and sciences.

For the Associate in Arts degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences, a minimum of 60 credits is required.


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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 21 credits
(6 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 15 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 30 credits#[1]
(This includes 6 credits of General Education GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
(Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 (GWS) RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION ( 3) Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose. Prerequisite: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency examination

(Sem: 3-4)
CAS 100 (GWS) EFFECTIVE SPEECH ( 3) Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.  

ADDITIONAL COURSE (Pick one.) (3 credits) 
(Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 202A (GWS) EFFECTIVE WRITING: WRITING IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES ( 3) Instruction in writing persuasive arguments about significant issues in the social sciences. (A student may take only one course for credit from ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, and 202D.) Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030 ; fourth-semester standing

ENGL 202B(GWS) EFFECTIVE WRITING: WRITING IN THE HUMANITIES ( 3) Instruction in writing persuasive arguments about significant issues in the humanities. (A student may take only one course for credit from ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, and 202D.) Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030 ; fourth-semester standing

ENGL 202C(GWS) EFFECTIVE WRITING: TECHNICAL WRITING ( 3) Writing for students in scientific and technical disciplines. (A student may take only one course for credit from ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, and 202D.) Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030 ; fourth-semester standing

or ENGL 202D GWS(3)(GWS) EFFECTIVE WRITING: BUSINESS WRITING ( 3) Writing reports and other common forms of business communication. (A student may take only one course for credit from ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, and 202D.) Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030 ; fourth-semester standing

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 3 credits in any course designated as arts* (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits in any course designated as humanities* (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits in any course designated as social and behavioral sciences* (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits in any course designated as physical, biological, or earth sciences* (Sem: 1-4)
Select 9 credits in any one of the following areas*: arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and quantification, and foreign language skills. (If foreign language courses are chosen, it is recommended that these courses be in one foreign language sequence.) (Sem: 1-4)

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


#The required credits of General Education and Requirements for the Major must be baccalaureate-level courses. For students intending to seek admission to a baccalaureate program upon graduation, it is recommended that most, if not all, of the courses be at the baccalaureate level. For those students who will seek a bachelor of arts degree upon graduation from Letters, Arts, and Sciences, it is strongly recommended that a foreign language be taken since admission to a bachelor of arts program in the College of the Liberal Arts requires one college-level course, or the equivalent, in a foreign language.

*Courses that will satisfy the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and quantification requirements are defined on the Letters, Arts, and Sciences checksheet, which may be obtained from the College of the Liberal Arts associate dean for undergraduate studies at the University Park campus or from any Letters, Arts, and Sciences representative at other locations.


If you are interested, please contact either:

Dr. Philip Nash
Associate Professor of History            
Academic Adviser, LASCC
Email: pxn4@psu.edu
Phone: (724)-983-2978           

Dr. John Tamplin
Assistant Professor of English
Campus Coordinator, LASCC
Email:
jct2@psu.edu
Phone: (724)-983-2944

For admissions information, contact the Shenango Admissions Office at (724) 983-2803.