Liberal Arts: General Emphasis

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Language & Literature
Penn 105 • Phone (215) 968-8150
Curriculum Code No. 1002

This major is designed for the student who seeks a general education while broadly exploring the liberal arts course areas in the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and/or science, and mathematics prior to commitment to a specific major. The program will provide a strong training in written and oral expression and an introduction to mathematics and science.

Liberal Arts: General Emphasis is for students who

  • intend to transfer to four-year colleges in the liberal arts;
  • need to explore the liberal arts areas prior to a commitment to a specific major;
  • need pre-major work in law, medicine, journalism, business, or other career fields; and
  • need or want to maximize acceptance of general education courses by transfer colleges.

Students in the liberal arts customarily prepare for transfer to bachelor degree majors which may lead to careers in government, education, business, industry, public relations, or journalism.

NOTE: Many transfer insitutions require some knowledge of a foreign language, either for admission or to complete a degree. This requirement varies from one semester to two years of study at the college level (or equivalent). Students planning to transfer should be aware of any foreign language requirements that may affect their acceptance into certain colleges or programs.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • communicate effectively through speech and writing;
  • demonstrate an understanding of scientific and quantitative reasoning;
  • read critically, analyze and interpret information, and construct logical, well-supported positions;
  • demonstrate an understanding of human behavior and/or the relationships of people within societies, human intellectual heritage and/or creative expression, and diverse human perspectives in local, national, or global contexts;
  • find, evaluate, and ethically use information in a variety of formats for a variety of purposes; and
  • use technology effectively to retrieve, evaluate, and incorporate information.

Degree Course Requirements *

Course Credits
COLL101
College Orientation Seminar **
1
COMM110
Effective Speaking 4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,2,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II B,2,4,10
3
CISC100
Digital Literacy 9
3
PHIL125
Basic Problems in Philosophy 1,2,3
3
Arts C,1 3
Foreign Language 3
OR
Humanities D,1,3 3
Literature E,1 6
History F,3,8 3
Math or Science G,6,7 3-4
Mathematics A,H,6 3
Science I,7 3-4
Social/Behavioral Science J,8 6
Electives K 15
Total Credit Hours 61-63

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COLL101
College Orientation Seminar **
1
COMM110
Effective Speaking 4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,2,10
3
Math or Science G,6,7 3-4
CISC100
Digital Literacy 9
3
Elective K 3
Total Credit Hours 16-17

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II B,2,4,10
3
Mathematics A,H,6 3
Elective K 3
Foreign Language 3
OR
Humanities D,1,3 3
History F,3,8 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
PHIL125
Basic Problems in Philosophy 1,2,3
3
Science 1,7 3-4
Literature E,1 3
Social/Behavioral Science J,8 3
Elective K 3
Total Credit Hours 15-16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
Arts C,1 3
Elective K 6
Literature E,1 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences J,8 3
Total Credit Hours 15

*Completion of non-degree major is not available in this program. Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.

**Some students may not be required to take the College Orientation Seminar; consult with Department advisor.

A Placement testing required.
B Course requires prerequisite and/or co-requisite.
C Choose from VAFA191, 192, 193, 194, VACV141, 142, COMT101, MUSC101, or 105.
D Choose any foreign language course or choose HUMN111, 112, 113, 114, or 120.
E Any LITR may be chosen.
F Choose from HIST111, 112, 151, or 152.
G Consult the list of courses approved for either Scientific &/or Quantitative Literacy; any course may be chosen except MATH110 or MGMT120.
H Choose from MATH101, 102, 115, 117, 118, 120, 122, 125, or 140.
I Choose from BIOL101, 115, 181, CHEM101, 121, PHYS106, 121, SCIE101, 102, 103, or 108.
J Any two (2) ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, or SOCI course may be chosen.
K Pre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking
3 Satisfies Diversity
4 Satisfies Information Literacy
5 Satisfies Oral Communication
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy
8 Satisfies Social Sciences
9 Satisfies Technological Competence
10 Satisfies Writing