Liberal Studies Degree
The Liberal Studies degree is designed to provide students with a solid multidisciplinary preparation in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts, subsequently allowing them to pursue careers in education, business, government, and other such fields. The goal of a liberal studies major is to train students to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, and to imbue critical thinking with ethical thought. Liberal Studies provides students with opportunities for an extensive study of the liberal arts and sciences, and for a broad understanding of various academic fields of interest
Offering a broad approach to the undergraduate learning experience, interdisciplinary majors such as Liberal Studies develop a range of skills that are valued by employers and graduate programs alike, including research and analysis, writing and oral presentation, and critical thinking, synthesis, and problem solving.
Undergraduate degrees at PSU are a total of 180 credits, roughly divided between the three degree components with specific coursework tied to them: Major, General Education, and either a BA or BS portion. How much of each portion you have left depends on transfer credit and several other factors.
A Bachelor of Arts degree requires 12 credits in Arts/Letters (four credits must be in fine & performing Arts), 12 credits in sciences/social Sciences (four credits must be in science), and four credits in foreign language numbered 203 or higher (conducted in the target language). (28 total credits)
A Bachelor of Science degree requires 12 credits in sciences (exclude math/stats), 12 credits in arts/letters and/or social sciences, and four credits in math/stats; eight of the 12 science credits must be coursework with a lab or field work (28 total credits).
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