The baccalaureate degree General Education program consists of 45 credits that are distributed among two General Education components: (1) Skills (15 credits) and (2) Knowledge Domains (30 credits) in the Natural Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Health and Physical Activity. Every baccalaureate degree student also completes the First-Year Seminar, United States Cultures and International Cultures, and Writing Across the Curriculum requirements.
A restriction is placed on students in majors that are closely linked to the Knowledge Domains of Natural Sciences, Arts, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences 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 requirements. For example, an Economics major may not use an economics course to fulfill his/her social and behavioral sciences requirement. Also, students may not count courses cross-listed with courses in their major to fulfill one of the General Education Knowledge Domain, e.g., a Theatre major may not register for THEA 208 (GA;US;IL) / AAAS 208 (GA;US;IL) and have it count in the Arts requirement.
|Writing/Speaking (GWS)||9 credits|
|Quantification (GQ)||6 credits|
|Health and Physical Activity (GHA)||3 credits|
|Natural Sciences (GN)||9 credits|
|Arts (GA)||6 credits|
|Humanities (GH)||6 credits|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)||6 credits|
|First-Year Engagement Program (S, T, X, or PSU)*||credits vary|
|United States Cultures (US)||3 credits**|
|International Cultures (IL)||3 credits**|
|Writing Across the Curriculum (W, M, X,Y)||3 credits**|
*May include a First-Year Seminar (S, T, X, or PSU); a student's campus of enrollment determines whether or not a First-Year Seminar is required. Students at the University Park campus are required to complete at least 1 credit of first-year seminar and meet any other first-year requirements specified by their home college. Students at the Commonwealth campuses are required to complete the first-year experiences specified by their campus. First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their enrollment home for these requirements.
**May be completed by designated courses that also meet other degree or General Education requirements.
Penn State wants students to use General Education 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 that end, the General Education program extends the concept of flexibility to all aspects of the degree program.
Students may, with the permission of their adviser and dean's representative: