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Pennsylvania State University

Burlington, VT

40 Programs

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  • Energy & Sustainability Policy
    Building Systems, Construction, and Manufacturing

    With a Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP), you can gain the knowledge and skills to research, analyze, and communicate diverse information about emerging global trends in energy policy, technologies, and economics.

    In the B.S. program, students select additional coursework in areas closely related to the major.

  • Accounting
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    The B.S. in Accounting curriculum is both comprehensive and diverse, giving you an appreciation of how the discipline of accounting intersects with other areas of business. You will complete business-focused course work on topics like finance, business strategy, business law, marketing, and supply chain management. In later semesters, you will refine your studies by taking accounting courses specific to your career aspirations.

  • Advertising/Public Relations
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    The Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications explores a number of disciplines needed for developing and delivering effective content. These include generating an impactful, relatable message, selecting the best communication channels for proper message distribution, and evaluating communication efforts against established goals and benchmarks. You'll have the opportunity to study psychology, statistics, law, research, and other disciplines that can be used to build a strong foundation for effective communication for any company or organization

  • Business/Business Administration
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    BS in Business: Employers are looking for versatile business professionals to evaluate and respond to their organization's challenges. As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Business program, offered online through Penn State World Campus, you will gain broad exposure to the most important disciplines of business, including accounting, finance, management, and marketing. Then, you will tailor your program by electing an 18-credit specialized option based on your unique career aspirations and areas of strength.

    AS in Business Administration: To be successful in today's increasingly complex business world, you need to have a broad understanding of how your business works. An Associate in Science in Business Administration degree can teach you the fundamentals in accounting, management, marketing, information systems, and economics that will make you a more effective business professional. This type of degree can be an important first step in developing the critical thinking, communication, and other essential business skills that companies value.

  • ERP Certificate with SAP
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    As a student in Penn State's online ERP Certificate with SAP program, you can gain specialized experience with modules in SAP ERP. More important, by using SAP as a business tool, you can gain a better understanding of how decisions in purchasing and materials management, operations planning, and information systems play a role in the success of an organization as a whole.

  • Finance
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    Develop a solid foundation in principles of finance, including capital management, investment and portfolio management, financial institutions, and personal finance, with the 120-credit Bachelor of Science in Finance from Penn State World Campus. In this program, students can learn the analytical and conceptual skills necessary to add value to a finance-based position. As a graduate of the AACSB-accredited bachelor's degree, you can be prepared to pursue or advance a career in banking, financial analysis, security analysis, corporate finance, or personal financial planning.

  • Financial Planning
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    In this 18-credit program, you can learn a broad range of personal financial planning concepts in the areas of insurance and income tax planning, retirement and estate planning, and investment strategies. The curriculum is designed to prepare you for career success in the quickly growing field of financial planning.

  • International Politics
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    Gain a broad understanding of international political concepts with the 123-credit Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from Penn State. The program is suited for students interested in foreign affairs and homeland security; those pursuing careers in international business; and individuals interested in graduate study or education in domestic or international law.

  • Labor & Employee Relations
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    AS: Earn a degree that can help you qualify for a career in labor, employment relations, and human resources in business, government, or labor organizations. With this online program you can acquire the skills and knowledge to succeed in roles such as an assistant in labor relations, human resources, or payroll services. An A.S. degree in LER can give you the ability to work in a broad range of positions

    BA: The bachelor of arts program relies on a curriculum steeped in the social sciences, humanities, and language as a supplement to the prescribed labor and employment relations courses. It helps you explore the world of work from the perspectives of sociology, rhetoric, and literature. This option is best suited for you if you wish to focus your human resources career in the fields of employment law, organizational culture and behavior, workforce diversity, labor relations, or other human resources roles within an organization or business.

    BS: The bachelor of science program offers the prescribed curriculum in labor and employment relations, with additional course electives in management, communications, and accounting to prepare you for the more quantitative aspects of a career in human resources. This degree may be your best choice if you wish to work in training and development, staffing, recruitment, compensation, benefits, labor relations or other human resources roles within an organization or business.

  • Labor Studies & Employment Relations
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    Penn State's Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Studies and Employment Relations examines the relationship between employers and employees and current human resources policies, practices, and processes. This certificate program is designed to provide you with a foundation in industrial relations and human resources, and examines the law and policies surrounding human resource practices. This program can help you understand employment relationships in the workplace, as well as how to recognize and resolve employment issues. You can customize your course work by choosing from electives in collective bargaining, leadership, or criminal justice.

  • Marketing
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    Penn State's AACSB–accredited Bachelor of Science in Marketing blends the disciplines of traditional marketing with new trends to deliver a learning experience that is both comprehensive and innovative. This program, offered through World Campus in partnership with Penn State Harrisburg, can provide you with the in-depth knowledge to develop results-oriented strategic marketing plans for any organization. Whether you are just starting or if you are ready to complete your degree, you can earn a highly respected credential from the leader in online education.

  • Organizational & Professional Communication
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    BA: The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Professional Communication can prepare you to better understand communication within businesses and organizations. In this program, delivered online through Penn State World Campus, you can learn to use communication concepts, principles, theories, and perspectives to aid in vital decision-making and problem-solving processes. You will focus on the value of research methods to reinforce ethical practices so you can acquire the skills to effectively create and present reliable information.

    BS: As organizations increasingly conduct business between diverse entities around the world, it becomes all the more critical for them to communicate effectively. The Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Professional Communication delivered online through Penn State World Campus, can prepare you to facilitate communication between such groups and organizations so they can perform optimally.

  • Organizational Communication
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    In today's complex world of information and knowledge, organizations large and small increasingly recognize that effective communication is an essential ingredient for success. Penn State's 12-credit online certificate program in organizational communication is designed to help you make practical improvements in this critical area in order to make communication with peers, supervisors, customers and other stakeholders as efficient and effective as possible. All of the program's courses can be completed around your own schedule, where and when it's most convenient for you.

    In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

  • Organizational Leadership
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    BA: The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership includes a curriculum immersed in the social sciences, humanities, and language, in addition to the prescribed organizational leadership courses. It can help you explore the role of leadership in organizations from a relationship-based perspective.

    BS: If approaching business leadership from a more humanistic approach does not line up precisely with your career goals or previous experience, you might prefer the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, which includes additional courses that explore leadership in business and other organizations from a social-scientific perspective.

  • Information Sciences & Technology
    Computer, Information, and Technology

    As information technology continues to change, businesses and organizations will need computer and IT professionals with the right skills and training to help them meet their technology needs.

    Our certificate program is designed to prepare you for a leadership role in any IST–related field. You can enhance your existing skills or prepare for further study as you explore the social, ethical, and policy issues surrounding information technology.

    The online Associate Degree in Information Sciences and Technology is offered in partnership with Penn State's highly regarded College of Information Sciences and Technology. It is designed for working professionals with little or no formal background in information technology and for people who want to pursue a career in technology management.

    During the technology boom of the 1990s, workers with a high school diploma landed these high-paying IT jobs. Today, however, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that most employers are looking for candidates who have at least a bachelor’s degree. If you want a career with growth potential that can provide opportunities across numerous industries and occupations, you can prepare for it by enrolling in Penn State's online bachelor’s degree program in IST.

  • Security & Risk Analysis
    Computer, Information, and Technology

    Penn State’s security and risk analysis degree focuses on the technologies, education, and policies to protect people, information, and other assets. Students are introduced to the tools and skills needed to determine the required confidentiality, integrity, and availability of an asset (i.e. a person, structure, facility, information, material, or process that has value).

  • Security & Risk Management
    Computer, Information, and Technology

    The online Certificate in Security and Risk Analysis is designed to give busy professionals the opportunity to quickly develop essential skills in the area of security and risk. The certificate is an excellent way to augment your existing skills or expand your career opportunities or change careers altogether.

  • Digital Arts
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    Master the powerful combination of artistic knowledge and technical skills to create professional, high-quality digital portfolios. The Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Arts program focuses on the latest production techniques for generating computer-based graphics and media-rich web productions.

  • Digital Journalism & Media/Digital Multimedia Design
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The field of journalism has been radically transformed by the onset of new opportunities to engage an audience using technology. The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism and Media program, offered by Penn State World Campus in partnership with the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, can prepare you for the fast-changing field of digital journalism and other web-based communication careers, including multimedia storytelling, digital production, and digital content management. While offering a cutting-edge education in digital media, this program also focuses on writing, editing, and journalistic ethics.

    There is a need for multi-domain design thinkers and makers able to meet the challenges of today's complex world. The Penn State World Campus Bachelor of Design in Digital Multimedia Design can help you prepare for a rewarding career in a variety of creative industries including technology, media, product design, and marketing. In this interdisciplinary program, you can learn to adapt the design process to solve contemporary, real-world design issues. Learn to discover, define, develop, and deliver compelling design using information technology and communication.

  • Adult Development & Aging Services
    Education and Human Services

  • Children, Youth, & Family Services
    Education and Human Services

    This certificate program is designed to prepare you for a variety of roles in child and youth service settings and family health and welfare agencies. If you want to begin a career in human services, this online certificate can give you the opportunity to learn about psychosocial and family development at all stages of the life cycle — and you won’t have to set foot on campus.

  • Human Development & Family Studies
    Education and Human Services

    The Associate in Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS) integrates practical and academic experiences to provide you with entry-level, professional competencies in the human service fields. The course work can help you gain a foundational understanding of life span and family development, and a core of professional skills that you can apply in program planning and service delivery. Many graduates go on to earn an HDFS bachelor's degree; some eventually enroll in graduate school. The online HD FS program can help you get a degree without ever setting foot on campus.

    The online Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS) degree with an option in Life Span Human Services from Penn State can help you learn how individuals change from birth to old age, how families and communities influence these processes, and how to apply this knowledge in order to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions designed to improve people's lives.

  • Criminal Justice
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice delivered through Penn State World Campus is an ideal program, whether you are interested in starting your criminology degree, or you have already completed criminal justice credits or an associate degree, or have experience in the field. By taking your courses online, you'll be able to earn your degree at your own pace while still fulfilling your work and family commitments.

  • Law & Society
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    With a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society, you will not only learn about the law, legal principles, and legal systems and processes in the United States, but you can also become skillful in logic, rhetoric, research and legal writing. These versatile skills can help you develop your legal or law enforcement career in a variety of organizations including nonprofit organizations, regulatory agencies, small businesses, public offices, or even the military. Law and Society majors analyze legal practices and envision social justice.

  • Economics
    Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Literature

    The Bachelor of Arts in Economics program is best suited for you if you want to focus on the qualitative aspect of economics. The program places a stronger emphasis on social behavior, culture, international relations, and foreign languages to prepare you for work in national or international organizations.

    The Bachelor of Science in Economics can help you develop solid analytical skills, especially in mathematic theory, research, and computer programming. It can provide you with the strong quantitative knowledge necessary to represent and interpret individual and group behavior through numerical concepts and models. The main benefit of the bachelor of science is its advanced focus on mathematics and statistics.

  • Integrated Social Sciences
    Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Literature

    The integrated social sciences encompass the study of society and relationships among individuals and institutions. The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Social Sciences combines the content, theories, and methodologies of the social sciences into one program. The course work draws on core social science disciplines of anthropology, communication arts and sciences, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.

  • Letter, Arts, & Sciences
    Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Literature

    Associate Degree: Build a solid foundation for a future career — Increase your writing and speaking skills by taking courses in the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and quantification. The course work can help you prepare for a future career or you can transfer the credits you’ve earned in the program toward a more advanced degree.

    Bachelos Degree: The goal of the bachelor's degree in letters, arts, and sciences is to provide a broad education that introduces methods of analysis used in the liberal arts disciplines. However, it can also prepare you for the complex social, cultural, and organizational issues that you may face in most leadership positions. The degree is an excellent choice for anyone, but is particularly suitable if you can bring real-world experience to your studies.

  • Political Science
    Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Literature

    BA: Maximize your career potential, transition to civilian life or prepare for graduate school with the online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Penn State World Campus. This degree is designed for students who want to develop an in-depth understanding and engage in analysis of domestic politics, the politics of other nations, and political theory.

    BS: Prepare yourself to apply technical expertise in quantitative analysis and research design, and substantive knowledge of politics to a variety of careers in government and business with the Bachelor of Science in Political Science offered online by Penn State World Campus. Develop practical skills through course work in political science, statistics, and computer science that you can apply immediately to your current career.

  • Psychology
    Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Literature

    BA: The principles of psychology are used in nearly every field, from human resources and rehabilitative therapies to educational testing and business practices. Regardless of the career path you choose, the Penn State World Campus online bachelor of arts degree program in psychology can help you refine the analytical skills you need to understand interpersonal interaction — and implement valuable problem-solving techniques.

    BS: The Bachelor of Science in Psychology program offers flexibility in designing a curriculum that suits your goals and career plans. Core courses provide an overview of the field of psychology, a background in research methods and critical thinking, and the opportunity for career exploration in psychology and related fields. As a student in the program, you have access to faculty who are active in research, clinical practice, or service related fields.

  • Nanotechnology
    Math, Engineering, and Physical Sciences

    The online Undergraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology was created to help meet the ever-growing demand for nanotechnology-trained workers in a variety of industries and professions. The courses were designed with industry guidance to provide a solid background in nanotechnology synthesis, fabrication, characterization, and applications.

  • Software Engineering
    Math, Engineering, and Physical Sciences

    Penn State's Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering, offered online through World Campus, provides students with a strong foundation in software engineering using a combination of classroom study, software development experience, and design projects. The undergraduate program blends engineering principles, computing skills, project leadership, and software construction to supply students with a comprehensive understanding of the field and to prepare graduates for the workforce or future study.

  • Health Policy & Administration
    Medical Administration

    The field of health care continues to expand in response to ever-evolving regulations, dynamic technology, rising costs, and an increase in the number of patients. Health care professionals with the educational background to meet these challenges are in high demand. A bachelor’s degree in HPA can help you acquire the skills and knowledge you need to understand the issues involved in providing access to quality health care at a reasonable cost.

  • Biobehavioral Health
    Medicine and Health Care

    As attention increasingly turns toward the quality of human health across the globe, the demand will grow for health science professionals trained to influence this discipline. Designed to integrate biological, behavioral, psychological, socio-cultural, and environmental approaches to the study of the science behind health, a Bachelor's Degree in Biobehavioral Health (BBH) can help prepare you to address and solve the problems of human health and illness.

  • Agribusiness Management
    Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Biology

    Penn State's online Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management provides an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates studies in agriculture and business management with courses in finance, supply chain, marketing, and consumer behavior. You can apply the skills you learn directly to the challenges that agribusinesses face today.

  • Earth Sustainability
    Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Biology

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Earth Sustainability, developed by Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and delivered through Penn State World Campus, is designed to provide students like you — regardless of your background — with the knowledge needed to make environmentally sustainable decisions.

  • Turfgrass Management
    Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Biology

    Advanced: Prepare yourself for the challenges of managing turfgrass in any climate or terrain. Build your skill set with the online advanced certificate and learn about pest management, turfgrass cultural systems, turfgrass edaphology, and case studies in turfgrass management.

    Basic: Learn about turfgrass cultural systems and turfgrass edaphology, as well as methods for managing pests, so that you can pursue a career in turfgrass care, maintenance, production, or turf-related sales and service.

  • Turfgrass Science
    Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Biology

    Bachelor: Expand your expertise in turfgrass science and business management and maximize your career potential with a Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Science. In addition to covering such topics as pesticides, turfgrass breeding, genetics, and plant nutrition and fertility, the program also encompasses soil science and water quality course work. The online bachelor’s degree in turfgrass science is also designed to sharpen your skills in such areas as business management, communications, and basic and applied sciences.

    Associate: Have turf maintenance experience? Penn States online Associate in Science in Turfgrass Science and Management can provide you with the ability to plan and implement projects, communicate effectively, conduct training programs, and manage finances. And the program gives you the flexibility to earn your degree while you continue to work and build skills for a successful career in turfgrass management.

  • Weather Forecasting
    Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Biology

    Use the program's innovative forecasting techniques and conceptual approaches to learn about meteorology, enrich your hobby, supplement your professional career, or build a preparatory foundation for future study or work. As a student in this program, you will have an opportunity to become a better-informed, critical consumer of weather-related news. Whether you are an amateur weather enthusiast or a weather-related industry professional, enrolling in this 12-credit certificate program can help you refine your skills to more effectively predict the weather.

  • Nursing

    Nursing Forensics: This program can prepare you to provide more specialized care for victims and perpetrators of physical, psychological, and social violence or abuse.

    Nursing Informatics: This is a 9-credit course series designed to provide you with informatics knowledge and to prepare you to support, promote, and assist in the implementation and efficient, ethical, and safe use of informatics tools in information- and technology-rich health care environments. Courses in the certificate emphasize the use of informatics tools, such as electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, database management and data mining, patient safety technologies such as Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA), RFID technologies, and smart pumps.

    Nursing Management: If you are a nurse who aspires to a supervisory role, this 12-credit online certificate program can help you demonstrate your initiative and learn management skills, as you enhance the credentials on your resume. This program can also provide you with an understanding of the basics of health care organizations and administration; show you how to analyze and manage health care data; and help you apply the latest techniques of personnel management while studying online, at your convenience.

  • Nursing RN-BSN

    Health care is moving ahead; shouldn’t your career? As nursing becomes more complex, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can help move your career forward. Our RN to BSN program builds and expands on the RN competencies needed to lead change and positively affect the health care industry. Earning a BSN degree can also properly prepare you to attend graduate school.


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