Advising.@ PSU provides general advising information with links to virtually all information regarding General Education, deadlines, academic petitions, etc. Click on the “alpha index” button in the blue line at the top of the page to find information. When you select a letter from the “alpha index” drop-down menu you will see a list of topics on the left and colored buttons on the right. The colored buttons are links to pages with information about the topics. If there is an “H” in a blue circle, the link is to the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook.
The University Undergraduate Advising Handbook is another excellent source for advising information. Use the menu at the top of the page to select your topic.
The University Bulletin may also be helpful. Use the buttons at top of the page to navigate to your topic of interest.
Beginning in Fall 2019, all students are required to complete 45 total credits of general education courses.
The 45 General Education credits are distributed as follows:
Foundations (15): 9 credits of GSW Writing/Speaking, 6 credits of GQ Quantification
Knowledge Domains (30): distributed among GH Humanities, GA Arts, GS Social & Behavioral Sciences, GN Natural Sciences, GHW Health & Wellness
The Knowledge Domains are subdivided into 3 categories:
Breadth of Knowledge (15): 3 credits each of GH, GA, GS, GN, GHW
Integrative Studies (6): Two inter-domain (N or Q) courses, or two approved Linked Courses (Z)
Exploration (9): May include up to 6 credits of GN and up to 3 credits of GH, GA, GS, or GHW.
Exceptions to General Education Policies
1. Substitution of Higher Level Courses
With the approval of the student's adviser and appropriate dean’s representative, a student may substitute 200- to 499-level courses for courses on the General Education list if they are in the same area of General Education. For example, a student might take PHIL 432, substituting it for a lower-level General Education humanities (GH) course. This substitution requires the filing of a petition.
2. Move 3
In consultation with an adviser and the student's appropriate dean's representative, a student may move 3 credits between the five General Education Knowledge Domains within the Integrative Studies and Exploration categories. This allows as many as 6 credits of GHW, or as few as 6 (or as many as 12) of GN.
3. Foreign Language Substitution
With the permission of his/her adviser and the appropriate dean's representative, a baccalaureate degree candidate may make one of the following foreign language substitutions:
a. If the student is enrolled in a major that does not require the 12th-credit level of proficiency in a foreign language, he/she may substitute 3 credits in a foreign language at the 12th-credit level (or higher) for 3 credits in any of the categories of General Education (with the exception of GHA, health and physical activity). For example, a student majoring in nursing might substitute SPAN 003 for 3 credits in the arts (GA).
b. If the student is enrolled in a major that does require the 12th-credit level of proficiency in a foreign language, he/she may substitute 3 credits in a foreign language beyond the requirement of his/her degree program for 3 credits in any of the categories of General Education (with the exception of GHA, health and physical activity). For example, a student majoring in philosophy might substitute GER 201 for 3 credits in social science (GS). This substitution requires the filing of a petition. (See below.)
Students may not eliminate any General Education area by using foreign language substitution and/or the option to develop a three-course sequence in arts, humanities, or social sciences (described above).
School of Music Reminders
1. This website contains all information about music degree programs including suggested course sequences, degree check sheets, and other non-course requirements. Click on Student Handbooks for the specific information about each of our degrees.
2. Music 261 and 262 may double-count both as course requirements for the music degrees and also as General Education Arts Credits (GA). These credits must be secured by petition.
3. All petitions are online and need to be initiated by advisers. The petition application can be found at epetition.arts.psu.edu. Please provide comments to make clear the intent of the petition.
4. When exploring majors, a student may request a degree audit through eLion and select "alternate major." For majors such as Music Education, the bottom of the degree audit shows the entrance to major requirements.
5. When looking at the course sequence for the B.M.E., please note:a. The literature course scheduled during the first semester (but not required to be taken the first semester) must be selected from the list of courses found here.
b. Courses marked with an asterisk must be passed with a grade of C or better for admission to the B.M.E. program. They must also e completed tne end of the 4th semester for students to enter the program in the 5th semester.
c. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA for entrance to the B.M.E.
Below please find the courses that are only offered in a specific semester.