wish to pursue a liberal arts degree program may find an economics major particularly rewarding.      
As an intellectual discipline, English provides students the opportunity to study literature and language within a major of flexible design while cultivating their reading and writing skills with care and assiduity. The English faculty are among the most decorated in the university for their excellence in teaching. Students study “core” authors while at the same time having the option of choosing a concentration suited to their own intellectual interests. English offers more than 15 distinct concentrations—including the option of an individualized concentration—and is the only department
in which one can major with an emphasis in creative writing.
Course offerings in the department seek to go wherever the English language is or has been, and English students this year will study everything from medieval and Renaissance culture to romanticism, modernism, literary theory and film. Nearly all majors’ concentrations involve some interdisciplinary study, and, indeed, English majors are encouraged to understand English and American history in international perspective and in relation to other cultural and expressive forms.
Environmental Studies
Many contemporary problems of environmental quality are so complex that modern society and technology have not yet been able to coordinate efforts to reach satisfactory solutions. There is thus an urgent need for individuals to be well versed in one discipline (e.g., geology, ecology, political science, history, etc.) and to be able to apply that discipline directly to environmental problems by being sensitized to the contributions that other disciplines can make.
The Program in Environmental Studies is designed to lead students to that awareness through a series of courses focused on environmental systems and issues, while ensuring that each student pursues a purposeful course of study in some traditionally defined area of scholarship.
Graduates of this curriculum are prepared for professions directly or indirectly involved with problems of environmental quality; they may go on to further study, either in their areas of concentration, in formal programs of environmental studies, or in medical, law or other professional schools. In many cases, a student’s career objectives are best realized by undertaking a double major in environmental studies and a specific area of concentration. Such a program need not represent a significant increase in total course units.
European Studies (minor only)
European Studies at Penn is an interdisciplinary minor and an ideal addition to the study of many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It supplements majors in history, political science, sociology and art history as well as in French, German, English, Spanish, Italian and Slavic languages. It is designed to give students access to an understanding of Europe as an historical and cultural entity and its world leadership in business, politics and culture. It encompasses a great variety of countries, cultures and languages whose interaction with each other and the United States is an essential part of transatlantic culture. Students also learn about the institutions of the new Europe—Union, Council of Europe, European Court—reflecting the largest experiment in building a global system of governance in history. The minor in European studies is designed to intensify interdisciplinary studies by integrating the humanities and social sciences and to prepare students to live and work in Europe.
Fine Arts
Visual thinking is as integral to the life of the mind as verbal and numerical discourse. The major in fine arts is based upon the premise that an education in liberal studies should include the challenge of learning to see. Further, the education of the artist is dramatically improved by an education in liberal studies.
The Department of Fine Arts has designed a program that provides students with opportunities for intellectual growth through studies in visual formulation and visual articulation. It is a large program with sequenced courses in painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, animation, graphic design, film/video and multi-media.
Undergraduates often double-major in fine arts and in fields such as communication, art history, English, anthropology, etc. Career pursuits include: art practice; education; medicine and law; all of the design industries, such as industrial design, fashion design, graphic design and multi-media design; the presentation industries; and the entertainment industries.
Folklore and Folklife (minor only)
The discipline of folklore emerged in the 19th century and was forged by the scholarly and intellectual trends and the social and political conflicts of the 20th century. Folklore is the study of human expression in languages, images, music and food, and of movements in traditional societies and the representation of these forms in the world of modern