The 60-credit Associate in Letters, Arts, and Sciences is an excellent way to build a solid educational base and expand your career options as a working adult. In this program you can enhance your written and speech communication skills and broaden your understanding of many subjects. You may also use the elective requirements for the degree to focus on a particular area of interest, such as business, history, or math. In addition, students in this associate degree program have ample opportunity to earn one or more related professional certificates along the way. Just contact an adviser by email or phone 800-252-3592 to learn more about how to reach these impressive, résumé-building milestones on your educational path to an associate degree.
The Associate in Letters, Arts, and Sciences is a 60-credit online liberal arts program. To earn this degree, you must successfully complete:
- 24 Requirements for the Major credits (Prescribed Courses)
- 21 General Education credits
- 15 Elective credits
The degree's 24 credits of major courses focus on writing and speaking skills, the arts, the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and quantification. A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major.
Course List - Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences
|Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences (ENGL 202A)
Effective Writing: Technical Writing (ENGL 202C)
Effective Writing: Business Writing (ENGL 202D)
|Any additional course designated arts (GA)||3 credits|
|Any additional course designated humanities (GH)||3 credits|
|Any additional course designated social and behavioral sciences (GS)||3 credits|
|Any additional course designated natural sciences (GN)||3 credits|
|Any combination of courses in ONE of the following areas: arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and quantification; one foreign language||9 credits|
|Writing and Speaking — Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 015) / Effective Speech (CAS 100)||6 credits (3 credits each)|
|Natural Sciences||3 credits|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||3 credits|
*Six of these credits are included in the major requirements
|Courses chosen in consultation with an adviser.||15 credits|
Please note: Among the above degree requirements, students should incorporate at least 3 credits in US or international (IL) cultures courses, as well as 3 credits in writing across the curriculum courses. The above course list includes only courses offered by World Campus. An official degree audit or the recommended academic plan for this program may include additional course options and detailed requirements. All students are expected to complete at least 18 Penn State credits to earn this degree. Please consult an academic adviser for details.
See course start and end periods and semesters offered on the Penn State World Campus student resources website.