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College of the Liberal Arts

Entrance to College

For students entering Penn State after Spring 2018, the entrance to major requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin

The information on this page should be used only by students who began as a first-year student at Penn State in Spring 2018 or before. 

The requirements to enter the college in general, premajor status are:

  • 2.00 cumulative grade-point average (CGPA)

Entrance to Major (ETM) Requirements

ETM Requirements for majors in the College of the Liberal Arts
Major Minimum Cumulative GPA Credits/Courses/Grades Additional Criteria

African American Studies (AAST)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

African Studies (AFRST)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Anthropology (ANTH) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Archaeological Science (ARSCI) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Asian Studies (ASIA) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Biological Anthropology (BANTH) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Chinese (CHNS) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Communication Arts and Sciences (CASBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Comparative Literature (CMLIT) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Criminology (CRMBA)

Criminology (CRMBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Economics (ECLBA)

Economics (ECLBS)

2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • ECON 102
  • ECON 104

 

English (ENGL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

French and Francophone Studies (FRBA)

French and Francophone Studies (FRBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

German (GERBA)

German (GERBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Global and International Studies (GSBA)

Global and International Studies (GSBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

History (HIST) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

International Politics (INTPL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Italian (ITBA)

Italian (ITBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Japanese (JAPNS) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Jewish Studies (JST) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Labor and Employment Relations (LBEBA)

Labor and Employment Relations (LBEBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  
Latin American Studies (LATAM) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Law and Society (LAWSC) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Medieval Studies (MEDVL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Organizational Leadership (OLBA) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

Offered only through the World Campus

Organizational Leadership (OLBS) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

Offered only through the World Campus

Philosophy (PHIL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Political Science (PLSC)

Political Science (PLSBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Psychology (PSYBA)

Psychology (PSYBS)

2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • PSYCH 100
  • STAT 200 or PSYCH 200
  • 3 additional credits of GS
  • 3 additional credits of GQ

 

Russian (RUS) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Social Data Analytics (SODA) 2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • MATH 110 or 140
  • MATH 111 or 141
  • CMPSC 122

Courses required with a grade of B or better:

  • PL SC 309

 

Sociology (SOCBA)

 

Sociology (SOCBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Spanish (SPNBA)

Spanish (SPNBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification

 

Women's Studies (WSBA)

Women's Studies (WSBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification