Message from the Dean

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Welcome to the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts!

Here in the college, we believe the greatest learning experiences are those that give you the chance to put what you’ve learned in class to practice in real-world settings solving real-world problems.  We also think it’s important that you have the chance to explore, and develop a greater appreciation for, the world in which we live.

That is why the college offers an interdisciplinary educational experience that teaches you how to think critically, analyze information thoroughly, communicate effectively, act ethically, and become engaged citizens in a diverse global society – skills that will help grow as a person while preparing you for whatever career path you choose.  Our Paterno Undergraduate Fellows Program and our Career Enrichment Network also stand ready to help you take advantage of the numerous internships and study abroad, research, and mentoring opportunities that will help prepare you to become leaders in your professions, stewards of inclusive learning, living and work environments, and influential contributors to society.

As a liberal arts student, you’ll have the chance to learn from, and work alongside, some of the most accomplished scholars in your chosen program.  Four of Penn State’s 24 Evan Pugh Professors – the highest distinction afforded any Penn State professor – are liberal arts professors, and several more have received the highest honors they can be awarded in their respective fields.  We are also proud that so many of our departments ranked among the top ten of their peers in the last National Research Council rankings.

We hope you will find this website useful as you learn more about the 50 undergraduate and 27 graduate majors offered by the college, including the more than a dozen baccalaureate and master’s degree programs offered through Penn State’s World Campus.  


Clarence Lang, Professor and Susan Welch Dean
Penn State College of the Liberal Arts

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