The associate degree General Education program consists of 21 credits that are distributed among two General Education components:
Associate degree students have a 3-credit requirement and may choose either a United States Cultures (US) course or an International Cultures (IL) course, and must complete a 3-credit writing intensive course (W).
A restriction is placed on students in majors that are closely linked to the Knowledge Domains areas of Natural Sciences, Arts, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, in order to ensure that they participate in the full breadth of General Education. These students may not use a course in their academic major to satisfy one of the Knowledge Domains area requirements. For example, an Economics major may not use an economics course to fulfill his/her social and behavioral sciences requirement.
|Writing/Speaking (GWS)||3 credits|
|Quantification (GQ)||3 credits|
|Natural Sciences (GN)||3 credits|
|Arts (GA)||3 credits|
|Humanities (GH)||3 credits|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)||3 credits|
|SKILL OR KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS||credits|
|Any General Education course can be taken to satisfy these 3 credits||3 credits|
|United States Cultures (US) or International Cultures (IL) or combined designation (US;IL)||3 credits*|
|Writing Across the Curriculum (W, M, X,Y)||3 credits*|
|* May be completed by designated courses that also meet other degree or General Education requirements.|
The General Education program extends the concept of flexibility to all aspects of the degree program. Penn State wants students to use General Education as an opportunity to experiment and explore, to take academic risks, to discover things they did not know before, and to learn to do things they have not done before.
To these ends, students may, with the permission of their adviser and dean's representative: