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The Liberal Arts Edge

As an undergraduate in the College of the Liberal Arts, you have access to a world-class education in the core values of the liberal arts, to enriching out-of-class experiences, and to a Penn State family invested in your success. We call this unique combination of opportunities the Liberal Arts Edge. But to achieve all of the benefits, you have to put in the work. You've found a good place to start, but know that your student experience will be richer when you step away from the computer and engage with our liberal arts community. So consider the information before you as a starting point, and as you browse the site take note of how you can put what you are learning into action—whether that means joining a student organization, meeting with an academic or career adviser, or applying for funding to support your studies, your internship, or your experience abroad.

The Liberal Arts Honor Code:

"I pledge to conduct myself with honor and integrity in all academic, personal, and professional pursuits. I will be responsible for the academic integrity of my work and encourage my peers to do the same. I will carry these values with me as I graduate from this college."

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The liberal arts teaches us to see the world from varied perspectives, to respond to it in informed and ethical ways, and to lead people in virtually every field of work and human endeavor. It is an educational approach as old as the academy itself, and in today’s world—where the only thing constant is change — your training in the liberal arts tradition will make you sought after for your ability to think critically and creatively, to communicate artfully, and to motivate and inspire those around you.
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In the 21st century, a world-class education cannot be limited to the classroom. In the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State, we encourage every student to participate in study abroad, research, and internship experiences, and we offer guidance and financial support to make those experiences possible. Whether you want to lead a non-profit organization, become a titan of industry, or continue your education in graduate school, these experiences will help you refine your goals, and give you a competitive edge over your peers.
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We all know the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” And, at Penn State, we know a lot of people. As a student, you can join student organizations to connect with your peers. And our dues-paying alumni network is the largest on Earth, and the loyalty Penn Staters feel for one another is unmatched in higher education. For you, this means that thousands of alumni give of their time to make your Penn State experience the best it can be, and when you leave you’ll have tens of thousand of people ready to open doors of opportunity for you.
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  • How to Schedule an Appointment with a Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Staff Member On Aug 17, 2018 All Liberal Arts students have an account in Nittany Lion Careers (http://nittanylioncareers.psu.edu/). Log in with your Penn State Access ID and password to start exploring. Throughout the academic year, we will be posting tips to help Liberal Arts students navigate Nittany Lion Careers. Posts will be included on your NIttany Lion Careers homepage and in […]
  • CRIM 451: Race, Crime and Justice On Jul 27, 2018 CRIM 451: Race, Crime and Justice. Travel to Willemstad, Curacao for November 17-24, 2018. This program is an examination of the relationships existing between race and the criminal justice system.  It features online instruction and a mandatory visit to Curacao.  The online portion of the class focuses predominantly on race and the criminal justice system […]
  • Register for English 478 – Grant Writing On Jul 09, 2018 Course Overview: English 478 Grant Writing Over the course of the semester you will be introduced to the broad principles of the grant-writing profession in theory and practice; by the end of the semester, you will have completed a project proposal requesting funding for a cause that you care about. At its essence, grant writing […]
  • Millennium Fellowship Applications Due July 15 On Jun 14, 2018 Penn State has been selected as one of 25 campuses worldwide to participate in the newly minted Millennium Fellowship. The Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program for undergraduates that convenes, challenges, and celebrates bold student leadership advancing UN goals. 8-20 Millennium Fellows will be selected from each campus hub to hone skills, take […]
  • Success Academy Charter Schools Hiring for Associate Teachers and School Operations Positions On Jun 14, 2018 Who We Are At Success Academy, our employees are fiercely committed to two missions: helping our  15,500 scholars receive a world-class education and reversing the educational  achievement gap. Our growing network of 46 (and counting!) public charter schools are reversing the achievement gap across New York City and offering children an education that rewards curiosity […]
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Join the LAUC, the student government of the College of the Liberal Arts – Liberal Arts students are always welcome. WE ARE both serious and silly, functional and friendly!

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