Program Coordinator: Dr. Christyne Berzsenyi
Phone: (570) 675-9275
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. With the assistance of an adviser, students develop a unique 120-credit academic program that thematically links courses from different disciplines to create a focused track of study compatible with the required expertise of specified occupations.
- Would you like to combine professionally-oriented courses with a classic liberal arts education?
- Would you like to make good use of courses in a major you started somewhere else?
- Would you like to combine disciplinary and personal interests in a way that is uniquely meaningful to you?
- Would you like to “step up” from an Associate degree to maximize your earning power?
This popular and flexible liberal arts program offers two tiers of study:
- A general studies curriculum across all liberal arts disciplines combined with General Education requirements leading to an Associate of Arts degree. You can then build on this AA degree to earn your BA or BS in any area of study.
- A multi-disciplinary, theme-oriented, and student-designed plan of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The major consists of 36 credits, divided between the core (12 credits) with four (3-credit) courses of your choice meeting the following areas:
- Research methods/Projects
- Communications Skills
- Critical Analysis
The theme, which is developed by examining a single subject from 3 different disciplines, requires 24 credits of course work, 15 of which must be at the 400-level. Your assigned advisor will help you through this process that culminates in the proposal.
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.
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 your argued points to 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 your 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. Some continue their studies in law or graduate school. 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
- Pursuit of graduate degrees