A Penn State degree is not merely "job training." In fact, a major component of any Penn State degree includes taking a number of courses known as General Education courses. Employers in business, industry, government, health care, and other sectors are looking for people who have learned how to learn, people with excellent communication and teamwork skills—in brief, they are looking for well-rounded, fully educated people. So what is the bottom line? Studies show that a college education is an excellent investment in general, but we believe that education should go well beyond specifically training a student for a particular career.
All Penn State students must complete 45 credits of General Education courses in order to graduate; this is about one third of all of your course requirements.
Writing/Speaking - 9 credits
Natural Sciences - 9 credits
Health and Physical Activity - 3 credits
Arts - 6 credits
Humanities - 6 credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences - 6 credits
Quantification - 6 credits