Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

Penn State says, "The inclusion of General Education in every degree program reflects Penn State's deep conviction that successful, satisfying lives require a wide range of skills and knowledge. These skills include the ability to reason logically and quantitatively and to communicate effectively; an understanding of the sciences that makes sense of the natural environment; a familiarity with the cultural movements that have shaped societies and their values; and an appreciation for the enduring arts that express, inspire, and continually change these values." [Source]

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  • Undergraduate Enrollment:40,541
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate:64%
  • Tuition & Fees (In State):$17,514 annually
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State):$31,346 annually

General Education Requirements

  • 1. Composition

  • 2. Literature


    See Note

    No credit given for Literature because a survey course in literature is an option, but not required, to fulfill the "Humanities" requirement.

  • 3. Foreign Language


    See Note

    No credit given for Foreign Language because the requirement only applies to select degree programs.

  • 4. U.S. Government or History


    See Note

    No credit given for U.S. Government or History because both the "United States Cultures" and "Social and Behavioral Sciences" requirements may be satisfied by courses narrow in scope.

  • 5. Economics


    See Note

    No credit given for Economics because a course in economics is an option, but not required, to fulfill the "Social and Behavioral Sciences" requirement.

  • 6. Mathematics

  • 7. Science


Curriculum last evaluated: 08/13/2015


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