Most university degrees are narrowly focused within one academic discipline, and they entail a prescribed course of study that affords you little control.
The Letters, Arts, and Sciences Commonwealth Campuses degree (LASCC) by contrast, is a 4-year bachelor's degree that is broad, interdisciplinary, and specifically designed by you and your advisor to meet your individual needs.
In consultation with your adviser, you design an LASCC "Theme" that addresses your individual goals, whether they include a particular career, graduate study, or something else. The Theme is what makes the LASCC degree your very own.
The Theme must encompass at least three different disciplines (e.g. Humanities, Social Science, Business) that your theme ties together. Your Theme may not duplicate an already existing Penn State major, and you may not double major with LASCC.
Together, with your adviser ,you will draft an LASCC "proposal," a brief document that explains your goals, theme and course of study.
LASCC Themes that Penn State Shenango graduates have designed include:
- Pre-Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy
- History and Business
- Pre-Pharmaceutical Sales
- Pre-Graduate Studies, History and Psychology
- Public Relations and Human Resources
- Social Work/Pre-Graduate Studies
- Pre-Library Science Studies
- Higher Education/Student Affairs, LGBT Emphasis
- Music: History, Journalism and Public Relations
- Physical Therapy Assistant, Management
- Pre-Law Studies
- Graphic Arts and Information Technology
- Youth Counseling, Corrections, and Law Enforcement
- Health Care and Social Science
Thus the degree provides the best of both worlds: the broad liberal arts education required of educated citizens and leaders, but also the more specific preparation employers and graduate programs seek.
Moreover, the degree emphasizes not only knowledge, but also skills that most employers and graduate schools are looking for, such as the ability to:
- think critically
- analyze and solve problems
- work collaboratively
- apply theory to real-world issues
- find and evaluate information