Liberal Arts & Sciences (A.A.)


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!

Program Objectives

  1. Effectively design a plan for successful transfer into the chosen four-year major and make an informed decision in order to choose a proper career path.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and interact (both in writing and orally) with a diverse population.
  3. Apply skills to solve basic technical and mathematical problems.
  4. Demonstrate a critical appreciation for the creative process in art, music, literature, and/or language.

Career Coach Bar per program.

  • Concentrations

    • Communication
    • English
    • History
    • Nanotechnology
  • Areas of Interest

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

Requirements / Course Sequence

All course requirements and the recommended sequence of courses for this program can be found through the College’s Online Academic Catalog. Click here to access the catalog for details on our Liberal Arts & Sciences program.

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.

Timeline: Liberal Arts & Sciences Online Degree

Fall 1 Semester (August – December)
  • FYE 100 – First Year Experience
  • CIT 100 – Microcomputer Applications
  • ENG 110 – English Composition 1
  • Elective – Open
Spring 1 Semester (January – May)
  • PSY 100 – General Psychology
  • COM 101 – Public Speaking
  • MAT 131 – Intermediate Algebra
  • Elective – Open
Summer 1 Semester (May – August)
  • TRN 115 – Intro to Transfer
  • MAT 145 – College Algebra
  • HIS 100 – US History 1
  • Elective – Open
Fall 2 Semester (August – December) 
  • ENG 205 – Research Writing
  • BIO 104/114 – Biology 1/Biology 1 Lab
  • ART 101 – Intro to Art History
Spring 2 Semester (January – May)
  • SOC 100 – Intro to Sociology
  • PHI 110 – Intro to Philosophy
  • Elective – Open
Summer 2 Semester (May – August)
  • Elective – Open
  • Elective – Open
  • Elective – Open