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Prospective Students

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The Penn State College of the Liberal Arts seeks to offer students a transformative educational experience that combines core liberal arts values – communication, analytic thinking, ethical decision-making, and appreciation for other cultures and other times – with internships, research opportunities, and global experiences that allow students to apply their skills in real-world contexts and grow personally and professionally. That educational experience also includes providing students opportunities to learn from, and work with, the leading liberal arts scholars within their respective disciplines; and connecting students with the vast network of college and University alumni who can serve as mentors and otherwise assist students as they begin building their professional networks.

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Have a question? Contact Chantel Harley, Recruitment Coordinator, at 814-865-7141 or .

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Liberal Arts by the numbers
  • Number 5 in Developmental Psychology
  • Number 5 in Criminology
  • Number 11 in International Economics
  • Number 17 in Sociology
  • Number 18 nationally among "Top Public Schools" by U.S. News
  • 5 out of 5 stars for overall campus climate in the 2019 Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index

 

Majors and Minors

Full List of Majors and Minors

Social Sciences

The social sciences examine the relationships between individuals and societies, as well as the development and operation of societies. The critical thinking, research, and analytical skills gained in a social science major help prepare graduates for diverse job titles, including economist, psychologist, political scientist, and historian, postsecondary teachers, museum curators, and social workers.

Languages

Intercultural communication, critical thinking and reasoning, cultural adaptability, information and trend analysis, and the other skills that drive the global economy, are in high demand today. Language graduates find jobs in tourism, international development, marketing, policy making, journalism, government, and more.

Humanities

Students in the humanities study how people process and document the human experience. Most majors in the humanities build widely transferable skills that employers appreciate and go on to be writers, counselors, event organizers, social media managers, fundraisers, travel bloggers, and more.

Interested in business?

Consider Communication Arts and Sciences, Economics, Global and International Studies, International Politics, Political Science, Psychology (Business Option), or any of the languages above.

Interested in computers or cyber security?

Consider Social Data Analytics.

Interested in health and medicine?

Consider Anthropological Sciences (Biological Anthropology Option), Communication Arts and Sciences, Psychology (Life Sciences Option or Neuroscience Option), Women's Studies, or even English! Being a liberal arts major helped recent graduate John Miller develop a greater worldly perspective, improve his communication skills, and see how people experience life in different ways—traits that have benefitted the Paterno Fellow on his unique path to medical school. Read his story.

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Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies

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Financial Aid

Attend a virtual session to learn more about financial aid opportunities at Penn State. These sessions are for both prospective and accepted students along with their families. Your virtual visit will include an overview of the Office of Student Aid, learning about FAFSA requirements and the Discover Penn State Award, as well as the opportunity for staff to answer your questions.

Thursday, August 26, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, September 29, 6:00–7:00 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, October 26, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
Monday, November 22, 6:00–7:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday, December 14, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EST

These sessions do not cover any admissions related information, including application process overview or a tour of campus. Please register for an Undergraduate Admissions event or campus tour.

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