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Undergraduate Programs in Liberal Arts

Online Programs in Liberal Arts....................3 Why Penn State?.................................................5 Education Model for Liberal Arts Degrees...6 Undergraduate Certificate................................8 Associate Degree................................................9 Bachelors Degrees...........................................10 Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences..............................................................12 Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society............13 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science............14 Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership.........................................................15 Bachelors Degrees in Psychology.................16 Bachelors Degree Minors...............................17 Frequently Asked Questions..........................18 Begin Your Application Today......................19

An education in the liberal arts cultivates students who communicate well, think critically, understand the wider world in which we live, and imagine new possibilities for more ethical and just relationships with others. The Penn State World Campus liberal arts curriculum makes those traditional values of a liberal arts education more accessible to a wider audience and translates them into a digital age. Christopher Long Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education in Liberal Arts
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Online Programs in Liberal Arts

An education in liberal arts can give you the opportunity to develop broad knowledge, learning from several disciplines such as history, science, and social science. A liberal arts degree does not follow the latest industry trends; instead, you can learn the foundational skills to help you lead the transition from one trend to the next. Our programs help provide you with a solid foundation and excellent preparation for careers in business, teaching, journalism, law, the arts, and many other fields, and thus give you the flexibility to follow your preferred career path across many industries.

Our undergraduate offerings in liberal arts include: Certificate

Organizational Communication

Associate Degrees
Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Bachelors Degrees
Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership B.A./B.S. in Psychology

Labor Studies and Employment Relations Political Science Psychology

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I found a strong interaction with my instructor and classmates; we were consistently pushed to strive for excellence in our work and think critically about the material and how it is relevant in todays world. Megan OMeara Caldwell Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
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Why Penn State?

Career-Enhancing Programs
The Wall Street Journal has ranked Penn State No. 1 in the nation for having well-rounded graduates who are most able to succeed. Whether you are looking to broaden your education or if you are just getting started, Penn States undergraduate degrees and certificates in the liberal arts can provide a great stepping-stone for successful professional development. Each program offers: courses taught by highly respected faculty members who are experts in their fields an engaged and diverse network of peers faculty members in the College of the Liberal Arts are committed to creating a first-class learning environment for their students, no matter where in the world they are. You can experience courses that are: designed around best practices in online delivery taught by faculty with experience teaching in an online environment created using technology to support successful learning outcomes, not just convenience

Academically Rigorous, Accredited Programs

Our online courses are the same courses that we offer on campus; your diploma will look no different from the one earned by our resident students. Our programs are also accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (www.msche.org).

Online Delivery Experience Penn States World Campus

In 1892, Penn State founded one of the nations first correspondence courses. Over the years, our distance education options have evolved to include technology-enhanced learning experiences, culminating in the foundation of Penn States World Campus in 1998. As a pioneer in distance learning, we have significant experience in understanding the needs of off-campus students. Penn States

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Shounda Hathaway Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Education Model for Liberal Arts Degrees

Our education model allows you to reach your highest academic goal by achieving important milestones along the way. The credits you earn in our undergraduate certificates may be transferable to an associate degree, and in turn, the applicable credits you earn to complete an associate degree may be transferable to a bachelors degree. Your achievement for studying at Penn State World Campus can be almost immediatewith the possibility of the first certification being awarded as soon as you complete your first year.* *Example based on a student taking two 3-credit
courses in a semester to complete a 12-credit undergraduate certificate within one year.

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Choose Your Path

Benefit from continuous career development all the way to your highest academic goal.

(12 credits) Organizational Communication

Associate Degree
(60 credits) Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Bachelors Degrees
(120 to 123 credits) Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences Law and Society Political Science in Organizational Leadership B.A./B.S. in Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Bachelor of Arts in Bachelor of Science

Note: Credits may be transferred to an upper-level degree in the College of the Liberal Arts or any other college at the University, where applicable.

The ability to enter into a defined distance program that still allows for the flexibility of enrolling in a wide array of courses separates World Campus from other programs. I could stay on track with my major courses, but explore other topics that I am interested in or that I felt supported my efforts in the organizational leadership program. I feel that this would not have been the case with other institutions. Justin Guadagno Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

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Undergraduate Certificate
Earning a certificate can help reinforce the skills you have already learned on the job or give you a more competitive edge in the workplace.

Organizational Communication (12 credits)

When asked by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to rate the importance of candidate qualities and skills for the Job Outlook 2012 survey, employers rated communication skills among the top three most important qualities. With this certificate, you can hone your skills in information management, communication technology, conflict resolution and negotiation, public address, and business writing.

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Associate 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. 24 major course credits 21 General Education credits 15 elective credits A letters, arts, and sciences degree can give you the flexibility to work in a broad range of positions, including: retail or sales manager purchasing agent teachers assistant human resources assistant administrative support specialist This degree can be used as a stepping-stone for one of the College of the Liberal Arts bachelors degrees (where credits apply).
Judge Worsham Associate Degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

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 wasnt just a matter of them wanting to do a job; they are quality people who cared about all of their students. Linda Housand Associate Degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

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Bachelors Degrees
Our bachelors degrees highlight interdisciplinary education to help you develop a broad range of analytical, creative, and interpersonal skills applicable to many professional situations. Our programs range from 120 to 123 credits, and credits earned from an undergraduate certificate or associate degree may be applied toward the fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelors degree (where applicable). Choose from the following programs: Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences (120 credits) Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society (123 credits) Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (123 credits) Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (123 credits) B.A./B.S. in Psychology (120/123 credits) Students also have the option to complete minors in labor studies and employment relations, psychology, or political science in combination with any of our bachelors degrees. This brochure presents a brief overview of each program. To view a full list of courses, career opportunities, and suggested applicant profiles, please visit: www.worldcampus.psu.edu/liberal_arts Find out which program is right for you. Our admissions counselors are available to help you make a decision.

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Ed Cochran Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

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Christina Barsness Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Whether you are interested in creative arts, public relations, or marketing, a bachelors degree in letters, arts, and sciences can help you gain the workplace skills you need to succeed in almost any field. Our program focuses on sharpening your communication and analytical skills, as well as enhancing your leadership abilities by offering courses in multidisciplinary fields such as ethics, global perspectives, leadership, and diversity. This degree is ideal if you already have some undergraduate education and you wish to finish your degree, or if youre already in a managerial position and wish to advance at your workplace. The Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences is an excellent choice for anyone, but is particularly suitable for students who have college credits that can be transferred.

Who Should Apply?

prospects with some or no undergraduate education managers looking to advance their careers

Career Possibilities
advertising, marketing, and public relations banking profit and nonprofit management government
Michael Crane Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

arts and entertainment industry writing, editing, and publishing

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Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society

The bachelor of arts major in law and society is an interdisciplinary program intended to provide students with a greater understanding of law, legal principles, and the legal systems of the United States. This program is ideal if you have interest in law enforcement agencies, law offices, labor organizations, regulatory agencies, public policy and social service agenciesor if you deal with law topics in your small business or are preparing to go to law school. Typical courses include historical and contemporary issues in law, critical thinking, writing, human behavior, and legal institutions.

Who Should Apply?

workers who have to deal with legal issues as part of their job duties students planning to attend law school students aspiring to attend graduate school law enforcement and corrections officers community service professionals members of the armed services who want to enroll in a degree-completion program

Career Possibilities
law enforcement officer legal assistant arbitrator mediator small-business owner

I found that legal issues always came up in my business, and that was how I first became interested in studying law. Stacy Bryan Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society

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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

If you have an interest in politics, foreign affairs, public policy, or such issues as health care or immigration, this program can help you develop an advanced understanding of both American and international politics and relations. Many of the courses in the political science program emphasize research-based writing that can give you the hands-on experience necessary to prepare you for success from the very beginning. This degree is also an excellent stepping-stone if you wish to pursue graduate studies in homeland security and economic development.

Who Should Apply?

persons interested in government and public policy professionals dealing with political aspects of trade in an organization students aspiring to attend graduate school

Career Possibilities
government agencies nongovernmental organizations regulatory entities domestic and international businesses journalism public relations

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Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership is a highly practical program that explores current issues of leadership and organizational dynamics. Using a multidisciplinary approach that includes courses in psychology, sociology, communication, economics, labor, and industrial relations, this program can prepare you for leadership positions in any type of environment. The knowledge and insight you acquire with this degree program draw heavily on any real-world experience you bring to your studies, making your education more relevant and invaluable.

Who Should Apply?

employees of any industry who would like to advance in their careers managers who need an academic degree to keep climbing the corporate ladder persons interested in leadership and organizational culture military personnel looking to climb the ranksor transition into civilian life

Career Possibilities
human resources management sales administrative services military officers

The organizational leadership program is really well suited to people who are already working fulltime, and it provides opportunities to move up in your current job or into a management job. Cynthia Stoichess Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
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Bachelors Degrees in Psychology

Whether you are interested in social work or developing your career in business, a psychology degree can provide you with the critical thinking and interpersonal and research skills necessary to become a successful professional.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology can provide a broad education in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It can give you the foundation you need to work in a social-service field. It may also be a good fit if you want to attend graduate school in psychology or a related field.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology provides an opportunity to study the application of psychology in the workplace and to choose courses related to business. It may be a good choice if you are a business professional interested in human resources, management, leadership development, or marketing.

Who Should Apply?

prospects seeking to focus their studies on understanding human behavior professionals wishing to pursue further training in psychology persons who want to work in fields that deal with children, families, public health, mental health, or substance abuse

Who Should Apply?

professionals interested in working on interpersonal relations and organizational culture in a business setting students interested in entering a career in marketing or marketing research students wishing to combine the study of psychology with business-related topics

Career Possibilities
child, family, and school social worker medical and public health social worker mental health and substance abuse social worker probation or corrections officer caregivers

Career Possibilities
human resources specialist labor relations specialist advertising marketing and consumer behavior public relations

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Bachelors Degree Minors

The College of the Liberal Arts offers students the possibility to complete a minor in the course of their studies for their bachelors degrees. Our minors are typically open to any World Campus student who meets the prerequisites, and in most cases the courses used to satisfy General Education or bachelors degree requirements, along with electives, may also be used to satisfy requirements for the minor. With a minor, you can gain deeper insight into the following fields:

Labor Studies and Employment Relations Minor (18 credits)

This minor offers interdisciplinary courses to explore common topics at the workplace, such as ethics, employee-employer relationship, communication, work-life balance, and human resource management.

Galen Hooks Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society

Political Science Minor (18 credits)

This minor introduces you to political processes and institutions, with at least one course in each of the following political science areas: American politics, theory/ methodology, comparative politics, and international relations.

Psychology Minor (18 credits)

This minor can help you understand, explain, and predict human behavior. It focuses on several fields of study, including biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, industrial/ organizational, and social psychology and their application to the workplace.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is tuition?
Tuition is based on the cost-per-credit associated with your program of study. Tuition rates are assessed every semester of enrollment. As a student, you may incur additional charges, such as credit-byexamination, exam proctor, and transcript fees, during your course of study. options to help you, such as deferred payment plans, third-party payments for employed professionals, and military payment options.

What does the online classroom look like?

Our philosophy for designing online courses: Use the latest technology to best deliver the content in the most flexible way while keeping the technology transparent to you. We use one centralized platform where you can log into your classroom. There you can get assignments, interact with faculty and peers, reply to message boards, and more.

Does Penn State World Campus offer financial aid?

World Campus makes many options available to help you pay for your education. As a full- or part-time degreeseeking student, you could be eligible for federal student aid. We also have different

How long will it take me to finish my program?

This answer varies for each student. There are many factors (e.g., transfer credits, course load per semester) that influence how long it will take. Depending on the program, some students are able to complete 12 credits every yearothers more than 20 credits. If you have applicable transfer credits, you may be able to shorten the length of your program.

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Begin Your Application Today

Beginning your application for any of our online liberal arts programs is easy. 1. Visit www.worldcampus.psu.edu/liberal_arts 2. Select your program of interest to be directed to that specific program page. 3. Click on the How to Apply link to get your specific application instructions.

Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts, must be received by the dates below to be considered complete: June 30 for fall semester admission October 31 for spring semester admission March 15 for summer semester admission

Necessary Documentation
Official high school transcripts or GED transcript Official military transcripts (if applicable) and/or official college or university transcripts, if you attended another institution Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if applicable

General Admission Requirements

To apply to a certificate, associate degree, or bachelors degree program, you must be a high school graduate or have obtained a GED.

Please visit our admissions website for a more detailed description of the requirements and application procedure:


Did you know?

Penn State credits and degrees earned online are identical to those earned on campus, with no mention of distance or online education. Our online courses involve frequent interactions between students and with instructors. Recruiters in a Wall Street Journal survey ranked Penn State as No. 1 for producing the bestprepared, most well-rounded graduates.

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