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The Liberal Arts Edge

As an undergraduate in the College of the Liberal Arts, you have access to a world-class education in the core values of the liberal arts, to enriching out-of-class experiences, and to a Penn State family invested in your success. We call this unique combination of opportunities the Liberal Arts Edge. But to achieve all of the benefits, you have to put in the work. You've found a good place to start, but know that your student experience will be richer when you step away from the computer and engage with our liberal arts community. So consider the information before you as a starting point, and as you browse the site take note of how you can put what you are learning into action—whether that means joining a student organization, meeting with an academic or career adviser, or applying for funding to support your studies, your internship, or your experience abroad.

The Liberal Arts Honor Code:

"I pledge to conduct myself with honor and integrity in all academic, personal, and professional pursuits. I will be responsible for the academic integrity of my work and encourage my peers to do the same. I will carry these values with me as I graduate from this college."

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The liberal arts teaches us to see the world from varied perspectives, to respond to it in informed and ethical ways, and to lead people in virtually every field of work and human endeavor. It is an educational approach as old as the academy itself, and in today’s world—where the only thing constant is change — your training in the liberal arts tradition will make you sought after for your ability to think critically and creatively, to communicate artfully, and to motivate and inspire those around you.
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In the 21st century, a world-class education cannot be limited to the classroom. In the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State, we encourage every student to participate in study abroad, research, and internship experiences, and we offer guidance and financial support to make those experiences possible. Whether you want to lead a non-profit organization, become a titan of industry, or continue your education in graduate school, these experiences will help you refine your goals, and give you a competitive edge over your peers.
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We all know the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” And, at Penn State, we know a lot of people. As a student, you can join student organizations to connect with your peers. And our dues-paying alumni network is the largest on Earth, and the loyalty Penn Staters feel for one another is unmatched in higher education. For you, this means that thousands of alumni give of their time to make your Penn State experience the best it can be, and when you leave you’ll have tens of thousand of people ready to open doors of opportunity for you.
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Featured Liberal Arts Voices Blog
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Fundraising and Advancement On Jan 03, 2019 Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts has added a new all-online Undergraduate Certificate in Fundraising and Advancement. Students may begin to participate in spring 2019. The requirements for this certificate include two three-credit courses for a total of six credits. LA 402: Fundraising Leadership – Building a Strong Base (offered fall 2019) LA 404: […]
  • Advancing the Arts and Humanities Survey On Dec 14, 2018
  • Election Day Guide On Nov 05, 2018 This short guide will help you make a plan to vote on Election Day. It first explains in brief why your vote matters. Why Vote? Your representatives in government make many decisions that affect you, including how funds are utilized at the national, state, and local levels. Some of these funds support public colleges and […]
  • Understanding Job and Internship Posting Instructions and Deadlines On Oct 25, 2018 All Liberal Arts students have an account in Nittany Lion Careers (http://nittanylioncareers.psu.edu/). Log in with your Penn State Access ID and password to start exploring. Throughout the academic year, we will be posting tips to help Liberal Arts students navigate Nittany Lion Careers. Posts will be included on your Nittany Lion Careers homepage and in the Liberal Arts […]
  • LA 103: Professional Development Course for Liberal Arts Students On Oct 24, 2018 Please note LA 103 is the new course listing for our previous professional development course for Liberal Arts students, LA 401. Looking for a job or internship? Want to improve your interviewing skills? Hoping to succeed at the career fair? There’s a class for all of it! LA 103: Professional Development for the Liberal Arts […]
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