Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Letters, Arts, and Sciences

This popular program combines a classic liberal arts education with today's need for flexibility and practical skills.

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The Letters, Arts and Sciences program at Penn State Brandywine combines a classic liberal arts education with today's need for flexibility and practical skills.

To date, more than 400 students have earned a degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS) at Penn State Brandywine. Graduates are working in management, finance, law, communications, marketing, and dozens of other professional fields.

Students must have a GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for entrance into this major. Both transfer students and students who are doing a change of major must have fewer than 91 credits to be considered for entrance to LAS. Students may earn this degree through any combination of day and evening classes, correspondence study, or individual independent study with a professor. Students may not duplicate existing majors from any academic area. During their fifth semester, LAS students must submit a program proposal. All students work with an adviser to formulate a proposal designing a program that meets their education and career goals. An important standard for entrance to the Letters, Arts, and Sciences major is to design a program with academic integrity, worthy of a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The program includes four core skills requirements: research proficiency, critical thinking, application of theory, and communications skills. In consultation with an academic adviser, you design your own program, selecting upper level courses that support your interests and goals. You may follow a study track in Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Liberal Studies, and you may create a minor in one of six academic areas. You must write a proposal explaining your choice of courses.

The program is especially attractive to adult students who have some college credits and want an interdisciplinary program and to students who wish to prepare for specialized careers for which there are no specific academic majors available. For example, one graduate designed his LASCC program to prepare for a career as an environmental advocate by integrating study in rhetoric and science. Another graduate, a successful science writer, used the LASCC program flexibility to concentrate on science and English to prepare for her profession.

For more information on the program, send email directly to Patricia Hillen, Senior Instructor in English, at pah14@psu.edu or call her at 610-892-1372.