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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

General Arts and Sciences

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (GAS)

In this interdisciplinary major students may pursue broad interests and develop their own specialized programs when their interests are not congruent with established programs. The B.A. degree in General Arts and Sciences can be a terminal degree, or students can prepare for graduate school, professional school, or employment in business, government, or industry.

The Liberal Studies option provides the most flexible undergraduate degree program in the University except for the Bachelor of Philosophy degree. Students can use the Liberal Studies option to structure a program of study around their individual interests and career plans and can develop background in areas where Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, does not currently offer majors.

For further information and a complete list of courses, contact the head of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For the B.A. degree in General Arts and Sciences, a minimum of 124 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

ELECTIVES: 19 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36 credits

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 12 credits

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 3 credits in each of the areas of arts, humanities, science/mathematics, and the social and behavioral sciences (Sem: 1-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 24 credits

HUMANITIES OPTION: (24 credits)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 24 credits in humanities from those listed under humanities in the Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements list, with at least 3 credits in each of three areas, including 15 credits at the 400 level (Sem: 1-8)

LIBERAL STUDIES OPTION: (24 credits)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
(15 of these credits must be at the 400 level)
In this option, the student shall submit a proposal to the adviser listing his/her choice of subjects beyond those required in the Supporting Courses and Related Areas category. In consultation with the adviser and the General Arts and Sciences program head, the student may choose from any B.A. course offering of the University. Option must be approved no later than the end of the sixth semester. (Sem: 1-8)

SCIENCE/MATHEMATICS OPTION: (24 credits)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 24 credits in science/mathematics from those listed under science/mathematics in the Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements list, with at least 3 credits in each of three areas, including 15 credits at the 400 level (Sem: 1-8)

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES OPTION: (24 credits)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 24 credits in the social and behavioral sciences from those listed in the Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements list, with at least 3 credits in each of three areas, including 15 credits at the 400 level (Sem: 1-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1988

Blue Sheet Item #: 16-08-166

Review Date: 01/30/01(Editorial changes)

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