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Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors by College



College of the Liberal Arts

African Studies (AFRST)

Arts in African American Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major in African studies is a multidisciplinary program designed to offer students the opportunity to develop their understanding of various aspects of the African continent, including its socioeconomic conditions and global relations. The program utilizes historical, cultural, geographical, economic, and political approaches to equip students with skills to undertake research on issues pertinent to Africa and to prepare themselves for careers in a range of professions as well for post-graduate studies.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Anthropology (ANTH)

Anthropology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Anthropology is a holistic scientific discipline with links to the humanities. Anthropologists document, describe, and explain the physical and cultural differences of societies, both past and present. Anthropology sees the individual as part of a larger social order that both impinges upon and is molded by those who belong to it. Anthropology investigates how cultures interact and relate within specific economic, political, and ecological frameworks over time. The bachelor of arts major focuses on the biological and cultural variations of human populations through archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. In addition to class work, students receive practical training in laboratory and fieldwork.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Archaeological Science (ARSCI)

Archaeological Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This degree provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in research methods, quantification, field methods, and laboratory science. It offers students the skills and competencies needed to pursue careers in cultural resource management. Students planning futures in nonacademic archaeology should consider this degree or some of its recommended courses.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Asian Studies (ASIA)

Asian Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This is an interdisciplinary major, with a strong disciplinary core, for students who want a basic understanding of the background and contemporary aspect of East, Southeast, or South Asia. Students are expected to focus their coursework largely on one major Asian area.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Biological Anthropology (BANTH)

Biological Anthropology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of science degree program provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in research methods, quantification, and laboratory science. It helps students develop the skills and competencies needed to pursue graduate study or careers in professions associated with biological anthropology. Students contemplating futures in biomedical or forensic sciences should consult with Penn State’s Premedicine Office or a specific forensic science graduate program to make certain that additional courses in organic chemistry and physics that are required for admission are completed.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Chinese (CHNS)

Bachelor of Arts Chinese (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major in Chinese is designed to develop skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Chinese, along with an understanding of the diverse literatures, cultures, and traditions of the Chinese-speaking world, ranging from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong to Chinese-speaking America. The major can help students prepare for professional careers in which a knowledge of Chinese, especially Mandarin, is useful, including teaching in public schools. The major in Chinese is intended to provide students with a good working knowledge of the language and culture of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, taught in a context that emphasizes the characteristics of the Chinese-speaking world.
(College of Liberal Arts)

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Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS)

Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major is concerned with the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world, including the ancient Greeks, Romans, and the peoples of Egypt and the Near East. The study of these civilizations includes their languages and literatures, history and politics, religion and mythologies, philosophies, and material culture. Students follow one of three options. The Ancient Languages option requires study of Greek or Latin, one or more of the languages of the ancient Near East, or a combination of languages. The Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology option is designed for students interested in the physical evidence for ancient Mediterranean cultures. The Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies option is suitable for students interested in a broadly interdisciplinary study of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean. This option does not require study of language, although students are encouraged to study the appropriate ancient languages. All students in the major are particularly encouraged to participate in one of the Penn State Education Abroad Programs and/or archaeological field schools in the Mediterranean area.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Communication Arts and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides increased understanding and practice in the ways humans use symbols to influence people and the world around them. The ability to communicate effectively with others in personal, social, work, and multicultural situations is essential in modern society. A student of Communication Arts and Sciences will learn to think critically, analyze and solve problems, understand and manage conflict, argue persuasively, influence people, form and keep relationships, give effective presentations, and participate in the civic and political life of a community. The flexibility of the program offers preparation for a variety of careers such as administration, law, business, health, and human services fields. A degree in Communication Arts and Sciences also lends itself well to a concurrent degree program in which students prepare themselves in several fields of study.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

Comparative Literature (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Approaching literature with a global perspective, the major in Comparative Literature crosses the boundaries of geography, time, nationalities, languages, and cultures. The literature draws upon readings from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The range includes recognized great books along with lesser-known works, texts that have received attention since ancient times and new texts by living writers, women’s literature, myths and folktales, literary humor, African drama, Jewish fiction and poetry, Japanese and Chinese writing, works by Native Americans, and hero-tales such as the Arthurian legend. Students are challenged to appreciate different literatures, to learn about genres, themes, periods, and further concepts used in critical analysis, to situate literature within its cultural context, and to relate literature to other areas of creative experience, such as film. A senior seminar clarifies the mysteries of literary theory and provides opportunities for individual projects.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Criminology B.A. (CRMBA)

Criminology B.A. (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in research methods, quantification, and the sciences. It offers preparation for pursuing further studies or finding employment where such knowledge is advantageous. Students contemplating futures in social science research, business, forensics, public service, and paralegal positions should consider this degree or some of its recommended courses. Either the B.A. or B.S. degree is suitable for students seeking entry level positions in the criminal justice system and for students interested in graduate and law school. Students interested in acquiring strong quantitative skills should consider the B.S. degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Criminology B.S. (CRMBS)

Criminology B.S. (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in research methods, quantification, and the sciences. It offers preparation for pursuing further studies or finding employment where such knowledge is advantageous. Students contemplating futures in social science research, business, forensics, public service, and paralegal positions should consider this degree or some of its recommended courses. Either the B.A. or B.S. degree is suitable for students seeking entry level positions in the criminal justice system and for students interested in graduate and law school.
Students interested in acquiring strong quantitative skills should consider the B.S. degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Economics B.A. (ECLBA)

Economics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for those who seek a broad understanding of the operation of the economic system and training in the methods and uses of economic analysis. Graduates are equipped for employment in many areas of business operations, labor unions, and agencies of government at all levels; and to undertake the graduate work necessary to become professional economists.
Students may choose either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science program. An honors program is also offered.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Economics B.S. (ECLBS)

Economics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for those who seek a broad understanding of the operation of the economic system and training in the methods and uses of economic analysis. Graduates are equipped for employment in many areas of business operations, labor unions, and agencies of government at all levels; and to undertake the graduate work necessary to become professional economists.
The B.S. degree program is intended for students with a strong interest in quantitative skills. An honors program is also offered.
(College of Liberal Arts)

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English (ENGL)

English (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

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. At University Park, qualified students may participate in the career internship and the English honors program.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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French and Francophone Studies B.A. (FR BA)

French and Francophone Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The B.A. major in French and Francophone Studies encourages students to develop fluency in the language as well as an appreciation of Francophone literature and culture. The major can also help students prepare for interdisciplinary professional careers in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful. The B.S. degree is designed to allow students to combine fluency in French with other academic disciplines. The Business option develops basic skills in French (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) and acquaints students with a number of fields essential to business, especially in the international area. The Engineering option has a required overseas study or work component. The Applied French option develops basic skills in French (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) as well as a basic knowledge of French literature and culture. It also provides a concentration in a professional area in which a command of French can be particularly relevant or useful.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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French and Francophone Studies B.S. (FR BS)

French and Francophone Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The B.A. major in French and Francophone Studies encourages students to develop fluency in the language as well as an appreciation of Francophone literature and culture. The major can also help students prepare for interdisciplinary professional careers in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful. The B.S. degree is designed to allow students to combine fluency in French with other academic disciplines. The Business option develops basic skills in French (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) and acquaints students with a number of fields essential to business, especially in the international area. The Engineering option has a required overseas study or work component. The Applied French option develops basic skills in French (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) as well as a basic knowledge of French literature and culture. It also provides a concentration in a professional area in which a command of French can be particularly relevant or useful.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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German B.A. (GERBA)

German (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major allows students to combine fluency in the German language and culture with other academic disciplines in both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science programs. In the B.S. program, the German–Business option develops basic German business–communication skills as well as fundamental knowledge of German economics. The German–Engineering option has a required overseas study and internship component. Students in the German–Business option are encouraged to participate in the University’s study abroad programs in Germany.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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German B.S. (GERBS)

German (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major allows students to combine fluency in the German language and culture with other academic disciplines in both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science programs. In the B.S. program, the German–Business option develops basic German business–communication skills as well as fundamental knowledge of German economics. The German–Engineering option has a required overseas study and internship component. Students in the German–Business option are encouraged to participate in the University’s study abroad programs in Germany.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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History (HIST)

History (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

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.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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International Politics (INTPL)

International Politics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park; Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)

This major, administered within the Department of Political Science, is designed to provide students with a broad, comprehensive education in international politics with options in International Relations, International Political Economy, and National Security. While most of the required courses are in the areas of international and comparative politics, the curriculum includes courses in economics, geography, risk analysis, and history. The major provides an opportunity to study in detail a variety of crucial contemporary issues as well as analysis of foreign and economic policy making and security issues in the United States and other nations. The major prepares students for career opportunities with U.S. government executive agencies dealing with foreign affairs, international and homeland security, and the international economy; relevant committees of the U.S. Congress; multinational corporations, banks, and consulting firms; and international organizations. The major also provides preparation for law, business, and graduate schools.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Italian B.A. (IT BA)

Italian (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major offers training in the skills required for fluency in Italian and knowledge in Italian culture, civilization, and literature, although it is not designed to be directly vocational. Nevertheless, rigorous training in either of the two Italian major options can help students prepare for rewarding and unique careers in business, travel, ministry, banking, and education. In addition, the federal government employs liberal arts graduates with foreign-language skills in organizations including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Department of Labor. The Italian major is also preparatory for graduate work directed to the Ph.D. degree required for teaching and research in colleges and universities, as well as further study in law and medicine.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Italian B.S. (IT BS)

Italian (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major offers training in the skills required for fluency in Italian and knowledge in Italian culture, civilization, and literature, although it is not designed to be directly vocational. Nevertheless, rigorous training in either of the two Italian major options can help students prepare for rewarding and unique careers in business, travel, ministry, banking, and education. In addition, the federal government employs liberal arts graduates with foreign-language skills in organizations including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Department of Labor. The Italian major is also preparatory for graduate work directed to the Ph.D. degree required for teaching and research in colleges and universities, as well as further study in law and medicine.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Japanese (JAPNS)

Japanese (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Japan is both a culturally important nation and a major international presence in the contemporary world. The major in Japanese is designed to develop skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Japanese, along with an understanding of the grammatical structure of the Japanese language and a general acquaintance with Japanese culture, literature, and civilization. The major can also help students prepare for professional careers in which a knowledge of this language is useful. Twelve credits of study in Japan, in a Penn State Education Abroad Program or another program subject to departmental approval, are included in the major.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Jewish Studies (J ST)

Jewish Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Jewish Studies major addresses the culture, history, literature, philosophy, language, and religious beliefs of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present. Students select one of two options. The Culture and Language option is intended to provide the opportunity for an integrated course of study leading to a second baccalaureate major. This option is recommended for students planning further academic work in Jewish Studies or professional study in a related field. It requires study of Hebrew at the 400 level, and additional language study is encouraged. The Interdisciplinary option is for students who have enrolled in Jewish Studies as a secondary major. This option is recommended for students planning careers within such fields as communications, social service, politics, medicine, education, or law where knowledge of Jewish history, traditions, and institutions would be important. All students are particularly encouraged to participate in a relevant internship, education abroad program, or archaeological fieldwork. Students also may enroll to study abroad at a university in Israel.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Labor Studies & Employment Relations B.A. (LERBA)

Labor Studies and Employment Relations (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major permits students to undertake a study of work and the employment relationship in the context of a liberal arts education. A broad foundation of theoretical and professional knowledge is provided through a multidisciplinary approach. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees draw on the perspectives of industrial relations, economics, history, law, sociology, and psychology. This focus includes the nature and functions of the institutions involved in the employment relationship. The Bachelor of Science degree requires more course work in quantification than the Bachelor of Arts degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Labor Studies & Employment Relations B.S. (LERBS)

Labor Studies and Employment Relations (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major permits students to undertake a study of work and the employment relationship in the context of a liberal arts education. A broad foundation of theoretical and professional knowledge is provided through a multidisciplinary approach. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees draw on the perspectives of industrial relations, economics, history, law, sociology, and psychology. This focus includes the nature and functions of the institutions involved in the employment relationship. The Bachelor of Science degree requires more course work in quantification than the Bachelor of Arts degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Latin American Studies (LATAM)

Latin American Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This interdisciplinary major is designed for students who want a basic understanding of Latin America. The program is organized so that it may be combined with a second major or a minor subject.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Law and Society (LAWSC)

Law and Society (Start at any Campus and Finish: World Campus)

The bachelor of arts major in Law and Society is an interdisciplinary program intended for adult students who want to acquire a greater understanding of law and the legal systems of this country. Students study legal principles and processes from different perspectives to gain an integrated understanding of the historical, philosophical, political, and social foundations of law. Students may enroll in this program to perform their jobs more effectively or to pursue additional educational, career, or personal goals. This program would help students prepare to work competently within the legal system in a variety of public and private settings, to understand more fully the legal environment of the workplace, and to prepare for entry to law school.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Letters, Arts, & Sciences (LAS)

Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

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.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Liberal Arts (undecided) (L A)

This major is for students interested in the College of the Liberal Arts, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them. All first year students are admitted to the College of the Liberal Arts in pre-major status, and they request entry into a major during their second academic year. Academic advising is available to all students in the College of the Liberal Arts to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

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Medieval Studies (MEDVL)

Medieval Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to give students an integrated knowledge of medieval civilization. While the main area of study is the fifth to sixteenth centuries in Europe, a global perspective is offered with particular attention to the Near East and the Pacific Rim.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Organizational Leadership B.A. (OL BA)

Organizational Leadership (Start and Finish: World Campus) 

(Adult learners only)
The program draws on many liberal arts disciplines to illuminate the issues that all leaders face regarding work and employment issues. Students select courses in English; crime, law, and justice; economics; political science; sociology; labor and industrial relations; communication arts and sciences; and psychology. The goal is to provide a broad education that introduces methods of analysis used in the disciplines of the liberal arts and prepares students to understand the complex social, cultural, and organizational issues that they will confront in leadership positions. This program requires that students develop competency in four critical areas and then apply those skills: research methodology, critical analysis, communication skills, and the application of theory. Students can expect to focus on understanding how organizations function both formally and informally and how individuals function within organizations.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

 

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Organizational Leadership B.S. (OL BS)

Organizational Leadership (Start and Finish: University Park);
Organizational Leadership (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona, Berks, New Kensington, World Campus)

(Adult learners only)
The program draws on many liberal arts disciplines to illuminate the issues that all leaders face regarding work and employment issues. Students select courses in English; crime, law, and justice; economics; political science; sociology; labor and industrial relations; communication arts and sciences; and psychology. The goal is to provide a broad education that introduces methods of analysis used in the disciplines of the liberal arts and prepares students to understand the complex social, cultural, and organizational issues that they will confront in leadership positions. This program requires that students develop competency in four critical areas and then apply those skills: research methodology, critical analysis, communication skills, and the application of theory. Students can expect to focus on understanding how organizations function both formally and informally and how individuals function within organizations.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Philosophy (PHIL)

Philosophy (Start at any Campus and Finish:University Park)

This major provides in-depth study of fundamental issues. Topics include ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics—study of the good life, justice, and beauty; metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion—study of the nature of reality, mind, body, and the meaning of life and death; epistemology, philosophy of science, and logic—study of the nature of knowledge, truth, objectivity, and principles of sound reasoning; and subjects such as comparative philosophies and world cultures, feminist theory, and philosophical issues in technology, language, education, and the professions of law, business, medicine, communications, engineering, and agriculture. These studies enhance imaginative, interpretive, analytical, critical, and communicative capacities. Students thus may acquire intellectual abilities crucial for self-fulfillment, responsible participation in public life, and success in a wide range of careers, including law, business, education, journalism, medicine, and public service.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Political Science (PL SC)

Political Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

The Political Science major offers the student an opportunity to understand not only American federal, state, and local governments, but also the political systems of other nations and their underlying philosophies. Courses are offered in American, comparative, and international politics, and in political theory and methodology. Internship opportunities are available.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Psychology B.A. (PSYBA)

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for students who want to learn about behavior, both normal and abnormal, how it is studied, and its relation to applied areas. Students are encouraged to conduct research with members of the faculty and/or take a practicum in an applied setting. Graduates are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, or laboratories. Others go on to professional school, e.g., medical school, law school, or continue working toward a master’s or a doctoral degree. Majors may elect either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science program.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Psychology B.S. (PSYBS)

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for students who want to learn about behavior, normal and abnormal, how it is studied, and its relation to applied areas. Students are encouraged to conduct research with members of the faculty and/or take a practicum in an applied setting. Graduates are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, or laboratories. Others go on to professional school, e.g., medical school, law school, or to continue their training in psychology working toward a master's or a doctoral degree. Majors may elect either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science program.

The B.S. degree program requires more course work in the sciences than the B.A. program, and students may select courses from one of four areas--mathematics/computer science, statistics, business, or biology--which may be taken instead of a foreign language.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Russian (RUS)

Russian (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of arts degree in Russian provides the student with a command of spoken and written Russian and a general knowledge of the literature and culture of the Russian people. No previous study of Russian is required for admission to the major. Study in Russia under the University’s Education Abroad Program is available for qualified students. Students are advised to combine their study of Russian with another foreign language, English, history, political science, the Russian Area Studies minor, the Business/Liberal Arts minor, or the Linguistics minor. Graduates of this program have found employment in international business, the U.S. government, in the educational and publishing fields, and in the travel industry.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Russian Translation (RUS T)

Russian Translation (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major is designed to offer, within the context of a liberal education, specialized skills in translation from the Russian language. The curriculum is career-oriented and requires competence in a field or fields in addition to the language skill. Students will select such a field or fields in accordance with their special interests and in consultation both with the adviser and with persons directly involved with the field chosen.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Sociology B.A. (SOCBA)

Sociology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major provides graduates with a sociological perspective on human behavior informed by exposure to different substantive areas of the field; an understanding of the structure of American society, its internal diversity, and its international context; an understanding of basic principles of the scientific method, statistics, research design, computer use, logic and critical thinking, and how these apply to the study of human behavior; and experience in posing sociological questions and collecting and analyzing data to bear on those questions. Graduates of this program have found positions in social research, social service agencies, government and business research and planning offices, other business positions (especially sales and marketing), or have entered graduate school in sociology, social work, policy analysis or law school. Students may choose either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree program.
(College ofthe Liberal Arts)

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Sociology B.S. (SOCBS)

Sociology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major provides graduates with a sociological perspective on human behavior informed by exposure to different substantive areas of the field; an understanding of the structure of American society, its internal diversity, and its international context; an understanding of basic principles of the scientific method, statistics, research design, computer use, logic and critical thinking, and how these apply to the study of human behavior; and experience in posing sociological questions and collecting and analyzing data to bear on those questions. Graduates of this program have found positions in social research, social service agencies, government and business research and planning offices, other business positions (especially sales and marketing), or have entered graduate school in sociology, social work, policy analysis or law school. Students may choose either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree program.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Spanish B.A. (SPNBA)

Spanish (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major is designed to develop basic skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish. In addition, the program aims to acquaint students with the literature and civilization of the Hispanic world and introduce them to the study of Hispanic linguistics. Enough flexibility is provided to permit a degree of concentration in either Hispanic literature or linguistics. Specialized courses are offered in translation techniques and in the use of Spanish for social services. Courses taken in the University’s Education Abroad Program in Spain and Mexico may be applied to the major. In conjunction with the College of Education, students may take work leading to certification as Spanish teachers in the secondary or elementary schools.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Spanish B.S. (SPNBS)

Spanish (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major is designed to develop basic skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish. In addition, the program aims to acquaint students with the literature and civilization of the Hispanic world and introduce them to the study of Hispanic linguistics. Enough flexibility is provided to permit a degree of concentration in either Hispanic literature or linguistics. Specialized courses are offered in translation techniques and in the use of Spanish for social services. Courses taken in the University’s Education Abroad Program in Spain and Mexico may be applied to the major. In conjunction with the College of Education, students may take work leading to certification as Spanish teachers in the secondary or elementary schools.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Women's Studies B.A. (WS BA)

Women’s Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This interdisciplinary major is designed to develop a broad understanding of the study of women and women’s perspectives in all areas of academic scholarship. The focus is on feminist analyses of women’s lives, women’s social, cultural, and scientific contributions, and the structure of sex/gender systems. Women’s Studies analyzes the unequal distribution of power and resources by gender. The interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of the field is reflected in a curriculum that includes courses from a wide variety of departments, courses that deal with aspects of women’s lives throughout history, and courses that recognize the diversities of culture, race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Students may choose either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science program. The B.A. degree is a traditional Women’s Studies degree. The B.S. degree is intended for students with strong interest in quantitative skills, women’s health and sexuality, and/or women and science, or who wish to pursue a multiple major program with other B.S. degree programs.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Women's Studies B.S. (WS BS)

Women’s Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This interdisciplinary major is designed to develop a broad understanding of the study of women and women’s perspectives in all areas of academic scholarship. The focus is on feminist analyses of women’s lives, women’s social, cultural, and scientific contributions, and the structure of sex/gender systems. Women’s Studies analyzes the unequal distribution of power and resources by gender. The interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of the field is reflected in a curriculum that includes courses from a wide variety of departments, courses that deal with aspects of women’s lives throughout history, and courses that recognize the diversities of culture, race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Students may choose either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science program. The B.A. degree is a traditional Women’s Studies degree. The B.S. degree is intended for students with strong interest in quantitative skills, women’s health and sexuality, and/or women and science, or who wish to pursue a multiple major program with other B.S. degree programs.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.


Associate (2 Year) Degrees