The associate degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences is a program designed to provide a well-rounded education for students interested in careers in business, law, government, or social services. It is ideal for students who want the flexibility to work within many fields or the ability to switch career paths easily.
The objective of the degree program is to broaden students’ interests, and skills. Working closely with an adviser, students may use elective credits to build an even stronger expertise in areas in business, the social sciences, or the humanities, which will provide preparation for careers in those fields or continuing their studies in baccalaureate degree programs.
The degree program is enhanced by the opportunity to re-enroll in several baccalaureate degree programs at Penn State Abington, as well as a wide variety of baccalaureate majors offered at Penn State University Park campus and other Penn State campus locations.
The degree can also be used by students as a pre-professional entry vehicle into programs that require two years of college. In addition, the associate degree program is a common choice for non-traditional students who want a college degree but are not ready to make a four-year commitment. For such students, the associate degree program serves as a motivating first step toward future studies.
For the Associate in Arts degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences, a minimum of 60 credits is required.