Letters, Arts, and Sciences

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Are you ready for higher education, but unsure if you want to commit to a four-year degree? Consider pursing the two-year associate degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

Letters, Arts, and Sciences is a 60-credit degree program. Its generous 15 credits of electives allow you to personalize your studies according to your interests and career goals. You’ll have a college degree in two years of full-time study, and if you later decide to seek a bachelor’s degree, you can apply the credits you’ve earned toward your new program.

Organizations want employees who are effective communicators, can adapt to change, and enjoy learning. Earning the Letters, Arts, and Sciences degree demonstrates not only that you have the skills to bring value to an organization, but also the ability to set a goal and stick with it to completion.


Why Penn State Behrend?

In addition to Letters, Arts, and Sciences’ electives, you’ll choose one Area of Emphasis that lets you further personalize your degree. The five Areas of Emphasis you can select from are:

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Natural Science and Quantification
  • Foreign Language Skills

Once you’ve made your choice, you’ll pursue 9 credits of coursework in your Area of Emphasis.

A Letters, Arts, and Sciences degree can help establish you in a better career than you’d find without a college degree. Graduates of the program have found success in varied industries, including advertising, marketing, and public relations; banking and financial management; business and nonprofit management; government; arts and entertainment; professional writing; and sales and retail management.


Contact Dr. Joshua Shaw, Program Chair of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, with any questions (jjs34@psu.edu/814-898-6444).


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