Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

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This is my life

Connie Schlosberg
Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Associate in Arts)
Colorado Springs, CO
Connie Schlosberg
“Everyone here in Colorado is impressed that I got into Penn State because they know what a great education it offers.”Read more
Ken Johnson
Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Associate in Arts)
Hersey, MI
Ken Johnson
“I know that with Penn State on my résumé, I will be able to compete with anyone out there for a job.”Read more
Linda Housand
Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Associate in Arts)
Lenoir, NC
Linda Housand
“The quality of the education was unbelievable; every resource was available to me. I could tell that the professors really wanted us to succeed. It wasn't just a matter of them wanting to do a job; they are quality people who cared about all of their students.”Read more
Shawn Sharpe
Homer, Louisiana
Shawn Sharpe
“The information you learn sticks with you for years because you learned it yourself. I now have the intellectual horsepower I need.”Read more

Broaden Your Career Opportunities with an Online Liberal Arts Associate Degree

Build a solid foundation for a future career — Increase your writing and speaking skills by taking courses in the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and quantification. The course work can help you prepare for a future career or you can transfer the credits you’ve earned in the program toward a more advanced degree such as:

Why a Letters, Arts, and Sciences Degree Online at Penn State

Customize your degree — The Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Penn State is a multidisciplinary, student-designed major that allows you to use elective courses to enhance your learning experience in business, history, or math.

Immediate results — While earning your associate degree online, you can add credentials to your resume by acquiring a professional certificate. For example, both the Undergraduate Certificate in Organizational Communication and the Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Studies and Employment Relations include many of the courses required for the Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences. You can gain credits toward the associate degree while also achieving these notable milestones along the way.

Who Should Apply?

Create opportunity — If you are interested in exploring new job opportunities or if you want to prepare for entry-level positions, a career change, or career advancement without having to set foot in a classroom, the Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences could be for you. With the broad base of knowledge, communication, and critical thinking skills you can acquire in this program, you can immediately apply what you’ve learned in your present job—and add an important credential to your resume.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

A letters, arts, and sciences degree can give you the ability to work in a broad range of positions, including:

  • retail or sales manager
  • purchasing agent
  • social and human service assistant
  • human resources assistant
  • administrative support specialist

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus