Liberal Arts students are invited to take the “Paterno Fellows challenge” to earn admission to Schreyer Honors College. As an aspiring Paterno Fellow, you will complete 21 honors credits in your first two years and maintain a 3.4 GPA—just as Schreyer Scholars are expected to do! Once admitted, you will work to graduate with strong academic credentials in at least two fields; develop ethical reasoning and leadership abilities; gain the ability to think critically, do independent research, and communicate effectively; and demonstrate global and intercultural sophistication. While all Liberal Arts students gain such an education at Penn State, Paterno Fellows pursue an education of exceptional ambition, depth, and distinction. You can learn more about the Paterno Fellows Program on our website.
Why become a Paterno Fellow? Because it’s a way for you to get the most out of your experience here in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. Paterno Fellows are a unique community of smart, highly motivated, intellectually curious individuals who hope to change the world—and alumni often have! Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming events, including our fall “Lunch with Honors” program and our fall Forum.
Paterno Fellows Program LEAP Prides
Because summer 2020 classes will all be online, all first-year students at Penn State University Park are required to register through the Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP). Each student enrolls in two linked courses that make up a LEAP Pride and each pride is assigned an upper-class mentor who plans programming and helps support LEAP students throughout the summer program.
Many of the prides include either ENGL 15 or CAS 100. Paterno Fellows do not need these courses since they will meet the same requirements through the honors series Rhetoric and Civic Life (CAS/ENGL 137H/138T) in the fall and spring semesters. For this reason, we have developed four LEAP Prides especially for Paterno Fellows that do not include these courses.
Are you eager to take honors courses and strive for success as a Schreyer Scholar and Paterno Fellow? If so, you can register for a Paterno Fellows Program LEAP Pride or ask questions by sending an email to Barb Edwards, including your name, Penn State ID, and title of your pride choice. If you have previously registered for LEAP, we will drop your original courses when we add you the the Paterno Fellows Program Pride.
Arguing About the World
SOC 5 Social Problems—GenEd Domain: Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
CAS 215 Argumentation—GenEd Domain: Humanities (GH)
This pride is reserved for Paterno Fellow Aspirants who wish to become better, more capable participants in arguments about some of the most challenging and intractable social problems facing humanity. SOC 5 will examine current social problems such as economic, racial, and gender inequalities; social deviance and crime; population, environmental, energy, and health problems. CAS 215 provides an in-depth examination of argumentation in both public and private contexts. The course requires students to investigate the process of researching sound evidence, constructing legitimate argumentative claims, and participating in live debates. Fundamental to this endeavor is a strong attention to research, ethics, and strategy.
Ethics and Politics
PHIL 119 Ethical Leadership—GenEd Domain: Humanities (GH)
PLSC 197 Public Opinion and Political Attitudes
This pride explores the intersection of ethical leadership and how people perceive political information and form opinions about their political surroundings. In PHIL 119, students will explore philosophically as well as practically the ways leaders might identify ethical challenges, analyze them, imagine possible solutions, and be motivated to do the right thing. In PLSC 197, student will learn about the factors that influence public attitudes on political issues in the United States.
Ethics of Intercultural Communication
CAS 271N Intercultural Communication
PHIL 103 Ethics—GenEd Domain: Humanities (GH)
This pride is reserved for Paterno Fellow Aspirants who will be introduced to the ethics of intercultural communication, a vital topic in our increasingly interconnected world. CAS 271N is designed to give undergraduate students an introduction to the various issues, trends, and historical perspectives pertaining to communication within U.S. domestic and international cultures. PHIL 103 provices an introduction to the basic questions of ethics, the major currents in traditional ethical theory (virtue, ethics, deontology, consequentialism), and more recent developments (e.g. care ethics).
SOC 19 Sociology of Popular Culture—GenEd Domain: Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
WMNST 106N Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art and Popular Cultures—GenEd Domain: Humanities (GH), Integrative Studies (IS), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
This pride is reserved for Paterno Fellow Aspirants who will be introduced to the academic study of pop culture. In SOC 19, students will be introduced to the theories, concepts, and research techniques sociologists use by applying them to study popular culture. WMNST 106N is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with an emphasis on the experiences, achievements, and status of women in the arts and humanities in the U.S. and global context.