Mission Statement


The Bachelor of Philosophy program’s mission is to enable Penn State undergraduate students, in partnership with a faculty mentor, to create an individualized and rigorous course of study that integrates knowledge from diverse intellectual domains.


The Bachelor of Philosophy program values intellectual curiosity, the integration of disciplines, and rigorous scholarly work that creates new knowledge. We foster the academic and professional growth of individual students who wish to pursue study and research at the intersections of existing domains, recognizing that the boundaries of places, people, and ideas are rich habitats for the creation of new perspectives and innovation. We welcome students who realize that complex issues and the problems of both ancient and modern societies rest upon the integration of the arts, sciences, and humanities. The faculty members engaged with the Bachelor of Philosophy program place great value on intellectual engagement with students over multiple semesters of shared learning.