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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Liberal Arts

 

The COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS has two primary functions: (1) to provide a specialized education, both graduate and undergraduate, in the basic disciplines of the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences, and (2) to provide general education courses that enrich the cultural understanding of students in all colleges of the University.

In addition to participating in the Liberal Arts undergraduate courses, majors, and minors (disciplinary and interdisciplinary), students may enhance their studies by combining their Liberal Arts major with any minor in the University.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS--Students may satisfy requirements for the provisional certificate for teaching in The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while also satisfying requirements for a bachelor's degree, with a major in the College of the Liberal Arts in one of the following: English, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Students who want to prepare for teacher certification should consult their advisers and the University Certification Office, 228 Chambers Building. See also Teacher Education Programs.

PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM -- Students who want to qualify for entrance to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, or other health fields may adapt any one of several majors; the Letters, Arts, and Sciences major is particularly suited for this purpose. Students who want to qualify for entrance to professional schools of law may adapt any one of several majors. Under certain conditions a student may earn the B.A. degree after completing six satisfactory semesters at The Pennsylvania State University and one year at an accredited professional school.

CONCURRENT MAJOR PROGRAM--A program is available for students to obtain in five academic years of study a bachelor of arts awarded by the College of the Liberal Arts and a bachelor of science by the College of Engineering or the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. This program permits students to obtain a liberal education as well as technical preparation for a career. For more information, see the entries in the Majors section of this bulletin under LIBERAL ARTS AND EARTH AND MINERAL SCIENCES CONCURRENT MAJOR PROGRAM or LIBERAL ARTS AND ENGINEERING CONCURRENT MAJOR PROGRAM.

RESIDENT EDUCATION

CHRISTOPHER LONG, Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, in charge

For at least the first two semesters, students are classified as Liberal Arts (LA). To be eligible for entrance to a major in this college, a degree candidate must meet the entrance-to-major requirements listed below. By the end of the sophomore year, a student must declare one of the Liberal Arts majors described in the Bulletin. (Please note: Under certain circumstances, the University may need to limit enrollments in the college or in certain majors because of space limitations.) Most majors and minors are administered by specific departments; students who want information about one of these majors should consult the appropriate department or program. Most majors in the college lead to the bachelor of arts degree; some of the majors in the college offer both the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science degrees.

ADMISSION

Students must meet the secondary school units as published in the General Information section of this bulletin. Note: Effective for students graduating from high school in 2001 or later, those who have not completed the recommended two high school foreign language units will need to schedule the appropriate foreign language course work at Penn State within their first two years of study.

ENTRANCE-TO-COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

Any student may enter the college provided that the following requirements have been met:
1. The student must have a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average.
2. The student must demonstrate the ability to complete total requirements within nine semesters.
3. The student must have completed the appropriate Carnegie Units as listed previously.

ENTRANCE-TO-MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Any student may enter any Liberal Arts major (except Economics and Psychology) provided that the following requirements have been met:
1. The student must have a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average.
2. The student must have an average of C (2.00) or better in any courses already taken in the proposed major.
3. The student must demonstrate the ability to complete total requirements within nine semesters.
4. The student must have completed 27.1 credits or higher.

Entrance into Economics requires that the above entrance-to-major requirements be met as well as completion of the following with a grade of C or better: ECON 102 and 104.

Entrance into Psychology requires that the above entrance-to-major requirements be met as well as completion of the following requirements with a grade of C or better: PSYCH 100, STAT 200, 3 credits of GS (not including PSYCH 100), and 3 credits of GQ (not including STAT 200).

GENERAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

All baccalaureate degree candidates must follow the graduation requirements as established by the Senate.
1. Minimum 2.00 cumulative grade-point average.
2. Completion of minimum total credits for graduation.
3. Completion of all General Education, college (B.A. degrees only), elective, and major requirements. All students in the College of the Liberal Arts must complete 9 credits of natural science, including one laboratory science. In addition, all Liberal Arts students must complete one first-year seminar, one intercultural and international competence course, and one writing intensive course. For more information, visit http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/general_education.cfm .
4. All courses fulfilling major requirements must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
5. Students wishing to graduate with a minor must apply for the minor no later than 5:00 p.m. on the published deadline. All required course work must be completed with grade of C or higher by the end of the semester the student plans to graduate.
6. Students in Bachelor of Arts degree programs must complete level 003 of a foreign language with a D or higher.
7. Students in Bachelor of Science degree programs must have either 2 Carnegie Units of foreign language completed prior to admission to Penn State, or a grade of C or higher in college level 001 or 002 of a foreign language, or a grade of D or higher in college level 003.
8. Students must complete at least 24 credits for the major through courses taken at University Park or the World Campus. (Exception: UP Psychology majors must complete 24 credits for the major in courses taken at University Park.)

Note 1: Duplicate courses, ENGL 004, ENGL 005; MATH 001, MATH 002, MATH 003, MATH 004; ESL 004 and SPCOM 004, and courses being used to make up the high school Carnegie units in a foreign language cannot be counted toward the total number of credits required for graduation.

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits

(Same for Bachelor of Arts AND Bachelor of Science)

(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 9-24 credits

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (0-12 credits)
Student must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language.
See the ADMISSION section of the General Information in this bulletin for the Placement Policy for Penn State Foreign Language Courses (under Opportunities for Credit by Acquisition).

B.A. FIELDS (9 credits)
Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification
Courses may not be used if taken in the area of the student's primary (or secondary, if the first major is a bachelor of science) major. Foreign language credits used in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language. Credits must be selected from the list of approved courses at: http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/ba_requirements.cfm

OTHER CULTURES (0-3 credits)
Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement. See approved list at http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/ba_requirements.cfm.

ELECTIVES: 15 credits or more, depending on major (Same for Bachelor of Arts AND Bachelor of Science.)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: See description of major degree requirements in this bulletin.

 

RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PLANS

Recommended Academic Plans provide, in table form, the courses students might schedule semester by semester as they pursue a specific undergraduate degree. Each college or campus maintains Recommended Academic Plans for its own majors/degree programs. Links to these plans are on the Division of Undergraduate Studies website at: http://www.dus.psu.edu/semplans.htm. Questions concerning the Recommended Academic Plans should be directed to the college or campus involved or the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  

 

 

COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS

SUSAN WELCH, Dean

CHRISTOPHER LONG, Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Education

ERIC SILVER, Associate Dean for Research

AVIS KUNZ, Assistant Dean for Online Education and Outreach

 

 

COLLEGE ORGANIZATION

African Studies -- KIDANE MENGISTEAB, Director

African American Studies -- LOVALERIE KING, Acting Head

Anthropology -- GEORGE MILNER, Head

Applied Linguistics -- KAREN JOHNSON, Interim Head

Asian Studies -- ON-CHO NG, Director

Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies -- MARK MUNN, Head

Communication Arts and Sciences-- JOHN GASTIL, Head

Comparative Literature -- CAROLINE D. ECKHARDT, Head

Criminology/Crime, Law, and Justice -- JOHN ICELAND, Head

Economics -- ROBERT MARSHALL, Head

English -- MARK MORRISSON, Head

French and Francophone Studies -- BÉNÉDICTE MONICAT, Head

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures -- RICHARD PAGE, Head

History -- MICHAEL KULIKOWSKI, Head

Jewish Studies -- AARON RUBIN, Director

Labor Studies and Employment Relations -- PAUL CLARK, Head

Languages and Literatures, School of -- CAROLINE D. ECKHARDT, Director

Latin American Studies -- MARK ANNER and MATTHEW RESTALL, Co-Directors

Latina/o Studies -- JOHN OCHOA, Director

Linguistics -- JANET VAN HELL, Director

Philosophy -- SHANNON SULLIVAN, Head

Political Science -- D. SCOTT BENNETT, Head

Psychology -- MELVIN MARK, Head

Sociology -- JOHN ICELAND, Head

Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese -- PAOLA (GIULI) DUSSIAS, Head

Women's Studies -- CAROLYN SACHS, Head

 

2/18/14