Letters, Arts & Sciences

Letters, Arts & Sciences

What is Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS)?

Combining a liberal arts and sciences education with today's need for versatile and practical skills, Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS) is a multi-disciplinary major that gives students the opportunity to design their own program within certain prescribed boundaries.

  • Would you like to combine professionally-oriented courses with a classic liberal arts education?
  • Would you like to combine disciplinary and personal interests in a way that is uniquely meaningful to you?

This popular and flexible liberal arts program is a general studies curriculum across all liberal arts disciplines combined with General Education requirements leading to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

Flexible Program for Flexible People

The distinctiveness of the LAS degree is well suited for highly motivated students whose interests range across various fields of study and with needs not met by an established, interdisciplinary major.  Taught by research faculty, you may earn your degree through a combination of day and evening classes, as well as hybrid and web-based courses.

Marketable Skills

Letters, Arts, and Sciences students take courses that develop transferrable skills:

  • Research proficiency focused on writer's purpose and audience's needs
  • Critical thinking, sound reasoning, and astute analysis of written documents, situations, and people, leading to logical conclusions
  • Application of theory to create a persuasive point of view
  • Communication skills to clearly convey argued points to a target audience
  • Technological literacy that enables the effective creation and delivery of documents via various electronic media, with attention to message content, page layout, and graphical elements


Students will work with an LAS advisor to explore their interests and design a proposal that focuses a degree on knowledge, skills, and critical practice on specific career goals. Consider the possibilities: To work in technology fields as managers, sales representatives and technical writers, students have combined courses in Business with Information Sciences and Technology, Communication Arts & Sciences and Writing. To work in public relations for the healthcare industry, students have combined courses from the Humanities, Marketing, and Human Development and Family Studies.

Our graduates work in communications, community service, finance, human resources, management, marketing, professional writing, and dozens of other professions. Whether you're interested in a new career, career advancement, or personal enrichment, this program can open new doors.

The following lists some occupations in which LAS graduates are working:

  • Management, Marketing Research and Reporting
  • Education and Communication Skills Training
  • Law and Policy Development
  • Communications in Media, Journalism, Corporate, Nonprofit, Government
  • Advertising and Web Writing
  • Public Relations and Representation
  • Customer Relations and Team Training

For more information on the program, email Dr. Christyne Berzsenyi at cab39@psu.edu. For admissions information, email wbadmissions@psu.edu or call 570-675-9238.