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Penn State BEHREND

Developing skills for success in a diverse world ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Explore the world through travel, writing, film, literature, politics, history, psychology, digital media, the arts, communication, and languages. Develop valuable communication skills, expand analytical-thinking skills, explore culture and history, and critically examine diverse societies and political systems. In the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, students are taught by highly accomplished faculty: scholars with international reputations for research, award-winning writers, and skilled teachers with years of practical professional experience. The school provides students with the chance to study abroad, to publish in creative and professional journals, to research human behavior in a laboratory, and to participate in archaeological digs in other countries. Working on the production of films, television and radio shows, a literary journal, and a campus newspaper are also options.

Undergraduate Research Penn State Behrend annually awards nearly $350,000 in undergraduate research grants to fund hands-on learning opportunities for its students. Every Behrend student is eligible for a grant (typically $1,200 a semester) after completing an application process that includes selecting a faculty mentor, developing a research project, and writing a formal proposal. Each spring the college hosts a regional undergraduate research conference where university students publicly present their research and creative work.

DEGREE PROGRAMS Arts Administration, B.A.

Political Science, B.A.

This interdisciplinary degree combines broad arts exposure with intensive business training in marketing, management, event planning, and development. Graduates are able to facilitate the day-to-day operations of businesses and nonprofits such as auction houses, art galleries, theatres, and museums.

Political Science majors study American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public administration, public policy, and public law. The program emphasizes the skills of questioning, debating, and shaping persuasive arguments.

Communication, B.A.

Psychology, B.A., B.S.

A major in Communication helps to prepare students for careers in corporate communication, print and broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, and media production. Students develop written and oral communication skills from both theoretical and practical perspectives and gain valuable hands-on experiences.

Options for B.S.: Human Factors and Design; Psychology in the Workplace; Science

Creative Writing, B.F.A.

Psychology majors use science-based approaches to understanding human behavior, thought, and emotion. Students work closely with faculty on original research projects and have opportunities to get hands-on experience in a variety of settings.

One of only a few creative writing undergraduate programs in the country, this major features classes in literature and theory supported by workshops that provide personal attention to student writing, readings by writers of national stature, and the opportunity to serve on the editorial staff of an international literary journal, Lake Effect.

Letters, Arts, and Sciences, A.A.

Digital Media, Arts, and Technology, B.A.

Applied Clinical Psychology, M.A.

This interdisciplinary degree combines the liberal arts’ broad perspective and critical analysis with technical skill in the use of the newest programing languages, computer systems, and software tools.

This 48-credit graduate-degree program emphasizes study of the scientific bases of behavior. An additional 12-credit Graduate Certificate prepares students to pursue professional counselor licensure.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education (PreK-4), B.S.



Civic and Community Engagement Communication Arts and Mass Media Creative Writing Crime, Law, and Psychology English Game Development History Politics and Government Psychological Science Sociology Spanish Transnational Perspectives Women’s Studies/Gender Studies

Advertising Behavioral Health and Counseling Psychology Child Development Consumer Psychology Crime, Psychology, and Public Policy German Studies Global Awareness Human Factors Legal Studies Public Relations Social Studies Teacher Certification Trauma Studies

Elementary and Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) meets or exceeds certification expectations for any state that requires a bachelor’s degree. Education majors have opportunities to work in the on-campus Early Learning Center.

English, B.A. Options: Literature, Film, and Culture; Professional Writing English majors at Penn State Behrend learn to reason critically, write cogently, construct and deconstruct ideas and arguments, and articulate opinions and judgments. Graduates pursue a wide range of careers, working in fields such as law, publishing, public service, technical writing, and education.

General Arts and Sciences, B.A.

Letters, Arts, and Sciences is a two-year associate degree program with electives to allow specialization according to individual career goals and educational plans. Graduates seeking later admission to four-year bachelor’s degree programs may apply associate degree credits toward the new degree.

Special Programs Prelaw

Options: Humanities; Liberal Studies; Science/ Mathematics; Social and Behavioral Sciences Students who choose this major generally feel that their career goals may not be met by a traditional degree program. In return for the flexibility, students accept greater responsibility for the planning of their education.

History, B.A. History majors learn to think critically, explore the fundamental determinants of human behavior, and develop effective research and writing skills. The program stresses both traditional and innovative methods of research, with an emphasis on analyzing written records. Students build a foundation for success in graduate or law school or careers in business and other fields.



ABOUT PENN STATE BEHREND At Penn State Behrend, students benefit from the resources and opportunities of a major research university provided in a welcoming environment. Students can choose from more than forty degree programs and enjoy campus life enriched by 120 student clubs and organizations, twenty-four NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports, and a thriving intramural program. Penn State Behrend is consistently among the top public colleges in Pennsylvania on a number of academic measures and is part of the University ranked Number 1 in a Wall Street Journal survey of corporate recruiters that asked who best prepares students to succeed in the workplace.

FACILITIES The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is located in Irvin Kochel Center, where students enjoy technology-enhanced classrooms and close proximity to the John M. Lilley Library. A new, state-of-the-art digital editing lab provides hands-on experience for students in Communication. In nearby Turnbull Hall, laboratories for the Psychology program are dedicated to cognitive neuroscience, perception, and cognition. The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community, Outreach, Research, and Evaluation (CORE) and the Prevention of Aggression Resource Center (PARC) offer research and internship opportunities.

READY TO LEARN MORE? If you’re ready to explore your options in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend, visit To arrange a campus visit, contact: Office of Admissions and Financial Aid Penn State Erie, The Behrend College 4701 College Drive Erie, PA 16563

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Penn State Behrend - School of Humanities and Social Sciences Brochure  
Penn State Behrend - School of Humanities and Social Sciences Brochure  

A brochure providing information on Penn State Behrend's School of Humanities and Social Sciences.