Letters, arts, and sciences is a multidisciplinary, theme-oriented, and student-designed major leading to a bachelor of arts degree. Learners have the flexibility to design a theme-based program of study that reflects their career goals with the guidance of their academic adviser. 

Four different course themes are available to fulfill program requirements:

  • 36 credits in the major
    • 12 credits in core courses
      • communication skills
      • critical analysis
      • research methods/projects
      • theory/application
    • 24 credits in option courses 
  • 24 credits in bachelor of arts courses
  • 45 credits in general education
  • 15 credits in electives

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Course List - Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences 

A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in the 36 required course credits for the major.

Letters, Arts and Sciences Core Courses (12 credits)

Research Methods/Projects Core Courses (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Credits

Research Methods in Sociology

SOC 207

Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology
3 credits
Qualitative Research Methods   CAS 390 3 credits
Research Methods in Labor Studies and Employment Relations LER 312 4 credits
Communication Skills Core Courses (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Credits
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation CAS 404

Prerequisite: CAS 100
3 credits
Studies in Public Address CAS 475

Prerequisite: CAS 100
3 credits
Introduction to Article Writing ENGL 215

Prerequisite: ENGL 15 or 30
3 credits
Experiential Learning Portfolio L A 201W 3 credits
Theory/Application Core Courses (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Credits
International Relations PL SC 014 3 credits
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy ECON 102 (GS) 3 credits
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy ECON 104 (GS) 3 credits
Introduction to Psychology PSYCH 100 (GS) 3 credits
Undergraduate Field Experience or Practicum LA 295 3 credits
Independent Studies LA 296 3 credits
Undergraduate Field Experience or Practicum LAS 495

Prerequisite: Completed 60 credits & permission for the program
3 credits
Independent Studies LAS 496

Prerequisite: Completed 60 credits & permission for the program
3 credits
Employment Relations LER 100 (GS) 3 credits
Introductory Sociology SOC 001 3 credits
Critical Analysis Core Courses (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Credits
Critical Thinking PHIL 010 (GH) 3 credits
Symbolic Logic PHIL 012 (GQ) 3 credits

Letters, Arts, and Sciences Option Courses (24 Credits)

Courses in this area will be determined in conjunction with your academic adviser and will come from your individualized degree program of study.

Multiple course options for the subject areas listed below are available through independent learning.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements (24 credits)
Title Credits
Foreign Language 12 credits
Other Cultures 3 credits
Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification, and/or Foreign Language (beyond 12th-credit level or a second foreign language) 9 credits
General Education Requirements (45 credits**)
Title Abbreviation Credits
Writing and Speaking - GWS*   9 credits
Rhetoric and Composition ENGL 015 3 credits
Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences

OR

Effective Writing: Technical Writing

OR

Effective Writing: Business Writing
ENGL 202A

OR

ENGL 202C

OR

ENGL 202D
3 credits
Effective Speech CAS 100 3 credits
Quantification - GQ*   6 credits
Natural Sciences - GN   9 credits
Arts - GA   6 credits
Humanities - GH   6 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences - GS   6 credits
Health and Wellness - GHW   3 credits
Integrative Studies   (6 credits)***

*A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

**12 credits are included in the requirements for the major.

***This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. 

Electives (15 credits)

Please note: Among the above degree requirements, students should incorporate at least 3 credits in US cultures, 3 credits in international (IL) cultures, and 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 36 Penn State credits to earn this degree. Please consult an academic adviser for details.

Course Availability

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