Undergraduate Admissions

Majors

Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors by College



Abington College

Accelerated Bachelor of Science/doctor of Physical Therapy (SPTAB)

Physical Therapy, Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Doctorate (Start and Finish: Abington)

Penn State and the Jefferson College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia jointly offer an accelerated B.S. in Science/Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. Students complete their first three years at Penn State Abington and their final three years at Thomas Jefferson University. The B.S. in Science with the Life Science option from Penn State Abington will be awarded after successful completion of the first year at the Jefferson College of Health Professions. The Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) from Thomas Jefferson University will be awarded after successful completion of the third year at Jefferson College of Health Professions. See http://www.jefferson.edu/health_professions/physical_therapy/admissions/partnerships.cfm for information about the Jefferson program.
(Abington College/Thomas Jefferson University)

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American Studies (AMSAB)

American Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

This interdisciplinary major administered by the Department of English is designed to provide students with an integrated and critical knowledge of American culture, drawing on courses in American Studies and in the traditional disciplines and culminating in two senior seminars. A number of interests may be pursued within the major, including popular culture, art, technology, business, law, archives, museology, and conservation. The major helps students prepare for careers in business, teaching, government, and a number of other areas, and for enrollment in law and other professional programs.
(Abington College)

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Art (ARTAB)

Art (Start and Finish: Abington)

The B.A. degree in art provides a comprehensive liberal arts education coupled with professional resident instruction in art. Depending on each student’s objectives and course choices, this degree provides preparation for a professional career, a foundation for graduate studies, or a liberal arts education in art. Each student must elect an area of concentration from one of the following: ceramic arts, drawing and painting, new media, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Biology (BIOAB)

Biology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

The curriculum in Biology helps students prepare for professions requiring competence in biological science or for gaining an understanding of the world of living things. The professional group includes students who intend to pursue graduate study, students who are interested in work with various governmental agencies or industries having biological responsibilities, and students who want to prepare for careers in medicine or other health-related professions. Students with other interests may select the curriculum because its broad approach can result in an educated view of the structure and function of living things. Achievement of these goals, including a special interest in a particular area of biology, can be met by selecting one of six options: Plant Biology, Ecology, General Biology, Genetics and Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, and Vertebrate Physiology. Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in for availability.
(Abington College)

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Business (BSBAB)

Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

The bachelor of science degree in Business is an upperdivision, professionally oriented business degree program for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially small businesses. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.
(Abington College)

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Corporate Communication (CCBA)

Corporate Communication (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Building on the interdisciplinary strengths of Penn State Abington, the Corporate Communication B.A. program helps students prepare for public information and media relations positions in profit and nonprofit organizations. The program is distinguished by its cross-disciplinary course work in business, information systems, human behavior, and oral, written, and visual communication. In addition, there is a required field experience. The program provides a broad foundation in business principles, including team projects and problem solving; ethics; oral, written and visual communication skills; and psychology. The major is designed to prepare students for a variety of career fields, including human resources, public relations, training and development, and public information.
(Abington College)

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Criminal Justice B.A. (CJAAB)

Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors. This major includes study in law enforcement, courts, and corrections—individually and as components of a system; theories of crime causation; and crime control policy. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice, and the criminal justice system. The bachelor of science degree offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.
(Abington College)

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Criminal Justice B.S. (CJSAB)

Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors. This major includes study in law enforcement, courts, and corrections—individually and as components of a system; theories of crime causation; and crime control policy. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice, and the criminal justice system. The bachelor of science degree offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.
(Abington College)

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English (ENGAB)

English (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Students explore the imaginative and practical uses of English through courses in literature, writing, rhetoric, and language. They develop perspectives on human nature and cultural values through American, British, and other English literatures; they learn how to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information; they gain mastery over their language. These skills help English majors find careers in publishing, business, industry, government, and teaching. English majors often go on to postgraduate study not only in English but also in such areas as law, business, education, or other liberal disciplines. Majors can emphasize writing, literature, or rhetoric, or a mix of literature, writing, and rhetoric. All provide a liberal arts education and all develop analytic and writing skills.
(University College)

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History (HSTAB)

History (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

This major provides a broad introduction to the history of the great civilizations of the world and specific areas of historical inquiry. Centered in one of the basic, traditional disciplines, the History major offers invaluable preparation for students interested in a career in government, international relations, law, or librarianship, as well as essential training for those interested in a professional career as an academic or public historian, archivist, or secondary school teacher. Along with the perspective on the present that a study of the past engenders, the program develops skills in research, analysis, and synthesis that have proved useful in commerce and industry. The History major permits easy combination with minors, area studies, or even a concurrent major, providing flexibility in students’ academic plans and career choices.
(Abington College)

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Information Sciences and Technology B.S. (ISSAB)

Information Sciences and Technology (Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, Worthington Scranton and Finish: Abington)

This major is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new “Information Age.” Specifically, the degree program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; helps students prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and work in teams. All this is done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field. Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in for availability.
(Abington College)

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Integrative Arts (IARAB)

Integrative Arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Integrative Arts is an interdisciplinary major for students who desire a curriculum that crosses over traditional single discipline lines. The Integrative Arts student initially establishes an academic plan with the assistance of an approved adviser. The plan must contain a core component of 36 credits and an elective component of 19 credits. The two components combined must clearly illustrate that the plan has clarity, purpose, and cohesion.
(Abington College)

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Letters, Arts, & Sciences (LASAB)

Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Letters, Arts, and Sciences is a multidisciplinary, theme-oriented, and student-designed major leading to a bachelor of arts degree. The major consists of 36 credits, divided into two sections: the core and the option. The core (12 credits) consists of 3 credits each in the following: research methods/ projects; communication skills; theory/application; and critical analysis. Courses for the option (24 credits) are directed toward the student’s theme, 15 credits of which must be at the 400 level. The student chooses one of six options: Arts; Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Science and Mathematics; Science, Technology, and Society; or Liberal Studies.
(Abington College)

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Psychological and Social Sciences B.A. (PSSBA)

Psychological and Social Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Building on the interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary strengths of Penn State Abington, the Psychological and Social Sciences B.A. is designed to emphasize the social and behavioral sciences leading to an understanding of human behavior and its influence upon society, as well as the influence of social forces on individuals. The program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary course work and required field experience. The major is designed to help students prepare for a variety of career fields including human resources, business administration, mental health, and social work as well as for continued study in graduate or professional school.
(Abington College)

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Psychological and Social Sciences B.S. (PSSBS)

Psychological and Social Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Building on the interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary strengths of Penn State Abington, the Psychological and Social Sciences B.S. is designed to respond to the demand for a program emphasizing the social and behavioral sciences leading to an understanding of human behavior and its influence upon society, as well as the influence of social forces on individuals. The program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary course work and required field experience. The degree program offers students a choice of course clusters focused on specialized areas such as social psychology, developmental studies, organizational behavior and leadership, bio-behavior and diversity, and counseling.

The B.S. provides a broad theoretical foundation in social and psychological theory as well as the opportunity to engage in supervised field experience. In addition, the B.S. degree emphasizes quantitative research skills and requires the completion of a senior thesis. The major is designed to prepare students for a variety of career fields including human resources, business administration, mental health, and social work, as well as for continued study in graduate or professional school.
(Abington College)

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Science B.S. (SCIAB)

Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

The Science major is an integrated undergraduate–graduate (IUG) degree program that aims to provide a broad, general education in science. The bachelor of science curriculum is designed specifically for students who have education goals relating to scientific theory and practice and who require a high degree of flexibility to obtain their educational objectives. After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences, students will select additional science courses from designated areas. A large number of supporting credits permit students to readily include significant breadth or specialization into their undergraduate curriculum. Some examples include minors in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, or other fields. The degree can help students prepare for careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, medical, and agricultural industries. The degree can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools.
(Abington College)

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Associate (2 Year) Degrees