The goal of the Bachelor’s degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences is to provide a broad education that introduces methods of analysis used in the liberal arts disciplines. In addition, it can also prepare you to address the complex social, cultural, ethical, and organizational issues you may face in leadership positions.
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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 degree, by contrast, is a 4-year bachelor's degree that is broad, interdisciplinary, and specifically designed by you and your adviser to meet your individual needs.
You will work closely with your adviser to design a program that creates intellectual depth in an area of study that is unique to your interests, but also aligns with the theoretical foundation of a liberal arts degree.
What to expect
Creating a theme
In consultation with your adviser, you design a "theme" that addresses your individual goals, whether they include a particular career, graduate study, or something else. The theme is what makes the Letters, Arts, and Sciences degree your very own.
The theme must encompass at least three different disciplines (e.g. Humanities, Social Science, Business) that your theme ties together.
Together, with your adviser, you will draft a theme proposal that explains your goals, theme, and course of study.
Letters, Arts, and Sciences 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
The major consists of 36 credits, divided into two sections:
- The core (12 credits) consists of 3 credits each in the following: research methods/projects; communication skills; theory/application; and critical analysis
- The additional courses (24 credits) consist of courses directed toward the student's theme, 15 credits of which must be at the 400 level
You might like this program if...
You have not earned an undergraduate degree, you wish to complete a degree or you wish to customize a degree to fit your career goals.