The objectives of the Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS) major are to broaden the student's understanding, interests, and skills, help the student become a more responsible, productive member of the family and community, and offer a degree program with sufficient electives to permit some specialization according to the student's interests or career plans.
LAS 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 Penn State University Park, LAS graduates may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree majors in Behavioral Sciences, Elementary Education, Humanities, or Public Policy offered at Penn State Harrisburg. In addition, LAS graduates may qualify for a large number of baccalaureate degree majors offered by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in business, 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 as (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 this bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 15 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 30 credits#
(This includes 6 credits of General Education GWS courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CAS 100 GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ADDITIONAL COURSE (3 credits)
ENGL 202A GWS(3), ENGL 202B GWS(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3), or ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
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)
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 Bhavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Quantification requirements are defined on the LAS 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 LAS representative at other locations.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1988
Blue Sheet Item #: 16-10-044
Review Date: 10/8/02
Reviewed by Publications: 06/23/06