The acadmic plan must be completed when the student has completed 60 credits.
Follow this format and these instructions to write your Academic Plan.
Academic Plan, Date
Letters Arts & Sciences
THEME: List your theme, as it is shown on the Preliminary Proposal or a revised theme, if you’ve revised it since meeting with Dr. Petrulionis.
SUBJECTS OF FOCUS: List your three or four main subjects, as shown on the Preliminary Proposal.
Describe Your LASAL Theme:
Describe briefly how each of your Subjects of Focus will help develop your theme. What specifically do you expect to learn in each subject, and how does that knowledge contribute to your LASAL theme? What knowledge and skills do you expect to acquire in these subjects?
Explain how the LASAL major will allow you to achieve your academic goals. How does this program allow you to accomplish those goals better than a traditional major?
Primary Areas of Coursework
List here all of the course(s) that you plan to take to fulfill the required 36 credits of the LASAL program.
For each course, provide the following:
- Course name and number
- Description of what you will learn in this course
- Explanation of how this course relates to your LASAL theme, as described above
400-Level courses (15 credits):
Additional Selections (9 credits):
Theory/Application (3 credits):
Communication Skills (3 credits):
Research Methods/Projects (3 credits):
Critical Analysis (3 credits):
[NOTE: This section can be added later if needed, closer to the student’s senior year.]
Penn State Altoona requires all students who graduate from the college to take a capstone course, preferably in their senior year.
In this section of the LASAL Academic Plan, you will designate one of your 400-level courses to serve as your capstone. Such classes might be special topics, independent studies, directed internships, student teaching experiences, clinical work, or traditional classes that combine a number of the items listed below.
Capstone courses should achieve the following goals:
- synthesize the learning that has been delivered in the major program;
- include a significant writing component;
- provide students with an opportunity to place themselves in a scholarly or professional context;
- provide a transition to post-graduation goals, either academic or vocational;
- ensure significant individual interaction between student and professor.
Possible Internships or Independent Studies
A key feature of the LASAL program is the opportunity to expand your knowledge, gain practical skills, and learn about your future career opportunities through independent study credits and internships.
An internship provides the opportunity to apply your academic experience in a work environment that matches your interests. If you plan to include an Internship or Independent Study, describe it here as fully as possible.
Career and Academic Goals
Describe briefly your specific professional and/or academic goals after graduating with a B.A. in LAS from Penn State Altoona. How does the LASAL program move you in that direction? How will this degree prepare you to achieve these goals?