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What is Letters, Arts & Sciences?

The Letters, Arts and Sciences (LAS) baccalaureate program is a multi-disciplinary, theme-oriented, student-designed major.  Motivated, creative students interested in an individualized course of study find the LAS degree attractive. The flexibility of the LAS program helps a student prepare for a wide range of careers.


Consider our LAS program if...

 You want to complete a baccalaureate degree at Penn State Mont Alto and your interests span more than one discipline. LAS is a good fit if you have a unique mix of interests and want to build a specific combination of skills.


Each LAS degree is unique and designed by the individual!

In consultation with the LAS adviser, the student formulates a proposal to meet his/her educational and career goals. The degree requirements include 36 credits in the major. The major requires courses in four skills areas: research proficiency, communication, critical thinking, and application of theory. In addition, students address a theme by selecting five senior-level courses drawn from at least three subject areas and nine additional credits from courses at any level. Students may not duplicate existing majors from any academic area. An important standard for entrance to the Letters, Arts, and Sciences major is the student's ability to design a program with academic integrity worthy of a bachelor of arts degree.

Students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 with 27.5 credits completed to be eligible for entrance into this major. Students may enter this degree from pre-major status at Penn State, after completing an associate degree, or as a transfer student from another college.  Students who have completed 91 credits may not enter this major.  For the B.A. degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences, a minimum of 120 credits is required.


Careers for LAS Graduates

Students from Mont Alto have used the LAS degree as a stepping stone to graduate programs in:

  • health care
  • naturopathy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology
  • athletic administration, and,
  • college student counseling.

LAS graduates have also enhanced their careers in human resource management and other fields.  Some students have combined the LAS degree with a minor in psychology or business. Because LAS is an individual degree, the possibilities are endless!


Contact the LAS Adviser

The individual student will work closely with Dr. Lauraine Hawkins, the program coordinator, each semester to ensure that s/he is making due progress toward the degree. For complete details about the program, students are advised to contact Dr. Hawkins in person in 208 Sci Tech, by phone at (717) 749-6237, or via e-mail.


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