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Liberal Arts & Sciences (A.A.)

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With a basis in Liberal Arts & Sciences, you’ll be given the ability to broaden your horizons and expand your educational pursuits. You’re not going to learn the ability to perform ONE specific job; rather, you will be equipped with the knowledge to continue your education or enter the workforce as a well-rounded employee! You’ll learn how to think critically, communicate effectively, and pull together knowledge from many disciplines; get the skills you’ll need to be successful in any career.

Liberal Arts & Sciences is more than a collection of courses chosen at random. Rather, you will be encouraged to design your own program and pick courses that relate to a certain theme. Study what excites you, as well as take some courses that challenge you!

Our Liberal Arts & Sciences degree is an Associate of Arts, meaning it is designed to be easily transferable, allowing the associate degree credits earned from Penn Highlands to be shifted to any bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. Be confident in knowing that a degree from Penn Highlands will give you the foundation necessary to succeed!

Career Opportunities

The opportunities are endless. Whether you are you planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, or if you are looking to enter a pre-professional program, General Studies has an option for you.


Areas of Interest

  • Art and Music
  • Biological Sciences
  • Film and Theater
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Technology

Online Degree Option

Penn Highlands Online offers a flexible learning opportunity that can not only fit your mobile, on-the-go lifestyle, but can be completely personalized around your schedule. Through the College's Online Campus, you can complete a degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences. Please reference the following course progression chart for an idea of the coursework necessary to complete this program online.


Course Timeline: Liberal Arts & Sciences Online Degree


Fall 1 Semester (August - December)


FYE100 First Year Experience

CIT100 Microcomputer Applications

ENG110 English Composition 1

Open Elective


Spring 1 Semester (January - May)


PSY100 General Psychology

COM101 Public Speaking

MAT131 Intermediate Algebra

Open Elective


Summer 1 Semester (May - August)


TRN115 Intro to Transfer

MAT145 College Algebra

HIS100 US History 1

Open Elective


Fall 2 Semester (August - December)


ENG205 Research Writing

BIO104/114 Biology 1/Biology 1 Lab

ART101 Intro to Art History


Spring 2 Semester (January - May)


SOC100 Intro to Sociology

PHI110 Intro to Philosophy

Open Elective


Summer 2 Semester (May - August) 


Open Elective
Open Elective
Open Elective


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