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The Penn State College of the Liberal Arts seeks to offer students a transformative educational experience that combines core liberal arts values—communication, analytic thinking, ethical decision-making, and appreciation for other cultures and other times—with internships, research opportunities, and global experiences that allow students to apply their skills in real-world contexts and grow personally and professionally. That educational experience also includes providing students opportunities to learn from, and work with, the leading liberal arts scholars within their respective disciplines; and connecting students with the vast network of college and University alumni who can serve as mentors and otherwise assist students as they begin building their professional networks.

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We are offering on-campus visits on Mondays and Fridays. Please note, these visits do not include a campus tour. For those who are not able to visit Penn State University Park in person, please register for a virtual meeting, which will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Our on-campus and virtual appointments give students and families a better understanding of our programs and the resources and opportunities available to Liberal Arts students. Use the buttons below to schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions, please contact Recruitment Manager Chantel Harley at 814-865-7141 or .

Schedule an On-Campus Meeting

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Attend an On-Campus Accepted Student Program

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History

Explore Philosophy, our featured major of the month 

Philosophy Major and Minor

Philosophy Major and Minor

Program Spotlight

The Department of Philosophy offers a bachelor of science, a bachelor of arts, and two minors for undergraduates. The bachelor of arts has six options: General Philosophy; Justice, Law, and Values; Professional Studies; Humanities and Arts; Philosophy of Science and Mathematics; and Social Sciences. 

Internships

Internships

Program Spotlight

Students in this major have interned with companies such as: 

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education 
The Harwood Institute 
Dispute Resolution Institute 
Penn States Office of Government and Community Relations

Education Abroad

Education Abroad

Program Spotlight

Popular destinations for students in this major: 

France
Netherlands
Spain
United Kingdom
Australia

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Program Spotlight

Continuing Education

Law school
Medical school
Graduate school to study philosophy, data science, history, or international affairs

Alumni Industries

Consulting
Business analytics
Human resources
Finance
Politics

Lewis Richardson

Lewis Richardson

Student Spotlight

Lewis is majoring in Philosophy and Political Science with a minor in History. Lewis spent a summer interning at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He said the internship allowed him to attain a class-applicable understanding of the laws that enable our democratic process.

Pam Dorian

Pam Dorian

Alumni Spotlight

Pam 12 Philosophy, Political Science, and Communication Arts and Sciences is an associate attorney at Cozen OConnor in Philadelphia. Pam advises current students to take advantage of the large Penn State alumni network and utilize the Career Enrichment Network.

 

Samuel Pickerine

Samuel Pickerine

Alumni Spotlight

Samuel 13 Philosophy and Political Science works as a sales director for Educere, a virtual education services provider. During his time at Penn State, Samuel completed an internship for the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute.

Liberal Arts by the numbers
  • Number 5 in Developmental Psychology
  • Number 5 in Criminology
  • Number 11 in International Economics
  • Number 17 in Sociology
  • Number 18 nationally among "Top Public Schools" by U.S. News
  • 5 out of 5 stars for overall campus climate in the 2019 Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index

 

Majors and Minors

Full List of Majors and Minors

Social Sciences

The social sciences examine the relationships between individuals and societies, as well as the development and operation of societies. The critical thinking, research, and analytical skills gained in a social science major help prepare graduates for diverse job titles, including economist, psychologist, political scientist, and historian, postsecondary teachers, museum curators, and social workers.

Languages

Intercultural communication, critical thinking and reasoning, cultural adaptability, information and trend analysis, and the other skills that drive the global economy, are in high demand today. Language graduates find jobs in tourism, international development, marketing, policy making, journalism, government, and more.

Humanities

Students in the humanities study how people process and document the human experience. Most majors in the humanities build widely transferable skills that employers appreciate and go on to be writers, counselors, event organizers, social media managers, fundraisers, travel bloggers, and more.

Interested in business?

Consider Communication Arts and Sciences, Economics, Global and International Studies, International Politics, Political Science, Psychology (Business Option), or any of the languages above.

Interested in computers or cyber security?

Consider Social Data Analytics.

Interested in health and medicine?

Consider Anthropological Sciences (Biological Anthropology Option), Communication Arts and Sciences, Psychology (Life Sciences Option or Neuroscience Option), Women's Studies, or even English! Being a liberal arts major helped recent graduate John Miller develop a greater worldly perspective, improve his communication skills, and see how people experience life in different ways—traits that have benefitted the Paterno Fellow on his unique path to medical school. Read his story.

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