Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences

School of Humanities

The objectives of the Letters, Arts, and Sciences major are to broaden the student’s understanding, interests, and skills; to help the student become a more responsible, productive member of his/her family and community; and to offer a degree program with sufficient electives to permit some specialization according to the student’s interests or career plans. Letters, Arts, and Sciences is a complete two-year degree major. However, graduates who later seek admission to baccalaureate degree majors may apply credits toward the new degree.

In addition to a wide variety of baccalaureate majors offered at the University Park campus, graduates of the Letters, Arts, and Sciences major may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree majors in Behavioral Sciences, Elementary Education, Humanities, or Public Policy offered at Penn State Harrisburg. Or they may qualify for any of a number of baccalaureate degree majors offered by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in business, the liberal arts, and sciences.

At Penn State Harrisburg, the program is available through both daytime and evening courses.

For the Associate in Arts degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences, a minimum of 60 credits is required.

Career Opportunities

The associate degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences gives students the flexibility to create a program tailored to their specific academic and career goals. Students will benefit from study in English composition and effective speaking, mathematics, and general education courses in arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and science. In addition, students are permitted to concentrate electives in an area of special interest. Thus, graduates will receive a well-rounded, focused education that will enable them to move into the career world or pursue further study. The application of acquired knowledge and skills to their careers can be very broad.

Job Settings

A Letters, Arts, and Sciences graduate can explore entry-level opportunities within nonprofit organizations, communications firms, publishing companies, utility companies, local or state governments, business, writing/editing firms, retail, business, public relations firms, healthcare, service industries, sales, media, and industry.

Job Title

The following list provides some examples of possible job titles for graduates with an associate degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences: Administrative Assistant, Assistant Manager, Editor, Proofreader, Staff Writer, Patient Advocate, Public Relations Assistant, Production Assistant, Advertising Assistant, Sales Assistant, Account Representative, Account Trainee, Consumer Affairs Assistant, Event Coordinator, Hotel Sales Representative, Convention Planner, Human Services Worker, Case Management Aide, Community Outreach Coordinator, Mental Health Assistant, Gerontology Aide, Activities Director, Teacher’s Aide, and Staff Assistant.

Job Outlook

Overall opportunities for entry-level workers in all career fields are expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A growth rate of 14 percent is expected. However, some career areas are expected to be better than others for recent graduates. For example, service industries, human services organizations, and retail and sales all project continued demand for entry-level employees.

Continued Education

Letters, Arts, and Sciences graduates may opt to continue their education in a Penn State baccalaureate major. Programs are available at Penn State Harrisburg, as well as other Penn State locations. It is highly recommended that students discuss this option with their academic adviser.


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