The course request period for spring 2019 is now open.
Please read the following detailed information regarding the GO-60 opportunity.
Penn State Continuing Education at University Park offers a limited number of tuition-free courses to those who meet eligibility requirements. Qualifying GO-60 students will experience classes alongside undergraduate students and may register to take the course for credit or audit. To participate in the GO-60 opportunity you must be:
- at least 60 years of age at the time of enrollment
- retired, or employed less than half-time (20 hours or less per week)
- a Pennsylvania resident
All GO-60 students must first complete the Undergraduate Nondegree Enrollment Form and submit the signed form to the Office of Continuing Education by Wednesday, January 2. Please ensure you place a unique non Penn State email address on the undergraduate non-degree form.
The Undergraduate Non-Degree Enrollment Form may be emailed, faxed, or dropped off at the office front desk.
Office address: 223 Outreach Building (2nd floor), University Park PA 16802
GPS address: 100 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803
Fax: (814) 863-7042
If you’ve never taken a course as a GO-60 student, you will receive an email to the email account you provided on the enrollment form with directions on how to activate your Penn State Access Account.
Once you have activated or reactivated your Penn State Access Account, you are ready to log in to LionPATH. You must have an active Penn State Access Account before you can log in to LionPATH.
All GO-60 students are assessed an Information Technology (IT) fee. The fee rate is set by the Board of Trustees in August. As an example, here is the fee rate from this past academic year.
- Less than 5 credits = $86
- 5 to less than 9 credits = $189
Request a Class
The course request period for spring 2019 is now open. The office of Continuing Education at University Park will contact you on Friday, January 4 to let you know if you have been placed in the course.
Please note that all GO-60 students must complete the admission and LionPATH processes.
- Please review the list of available courses prior to submitting the Course Request Form. Only courses on the list are available via the GO-60 Opportunity.
- Write down the information for the course you would like to register for (i.e., ART 20, Section 901, Class Nbr. 123).
- Complete the online GO-60 Course Request Form.
- Please do not enroll for any course in LionPATH or you will be charged its full tuition and fees. Unfortunately, the Office of Continuing Education will be unable to submit refunds for any enrollments submitted via LionPATH.
- Your course request has now been submitted to the Office of Continuing Education.
- The Office of Continuing Education will contact you by Friday, January 4, 2019, to let you know if you have been placed in the course.
- Classes begin on Monday, January 7, 2019.
Please note: You cannot be enrolled in a course if you owe any outstanding balances to the University. This includes parking tickets, library fines, fitness membership fees, tuition, etc. Log in to LionPATH to pay your student information technology fee. Any unpaid balances will accrue a monthly 1.5% late fee.
GO-60 students must complete the LionPATH tasks outlined here. Before completing the following tasks, your Penn State Access Account must be activated.
- Log in to the LionPATH Student Center
- Click on “Undergraduate Students”
- Click on the yellow box that says “Log in to LionPATH Student Center”
- Agree to the “Consent to Business Online.” If you do not agree, you cannot do anything within LionPATH.
- Complete the Preregistration Activities for spring 2019, as shown in the “To-Do-List” box.
- Official enrollment cannot be processed until these tasks have been completed.
ANTH 9. 18446. TR, 1:35–2:50 p.m. 112 Borland
Anth 9 introduces students to the anthropology of early complex societies in the Old World, with an emphasis on the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley and China. Course information emphasizes the nature of these societies, analysis and interpretation of their basic institutions, their religions and world views, and their culture histories. Within the context of each segment sociological concepts such as “institution”, “household”, “stratification”, “political economy”, “urbanization”, and a host of others are used as organizing features. Issues of gender, ethnicity, and class structure are also discussed, and much information is presented in weeks 2 and 3 that is pertinent to an understanding of human biological variation and our cultural attitudes toward it, with obvious implications for issues of race. The course is much broader, however, in that it attempts to place the emergence of these ancient civilizations into the overall perspective of the larger evolutionary career of the human species in the Old World, including human biological and cultural evolution during the later stages of the Paleolithic, the origins and spread of early agriculture, etc. During the first part of the course there is also a series of introductory lectures designed to inform students about what archaeology is and how prehistoric archaeologists carry out scientific research to reconstruct and explain what happened in the past. A great deal of emphasis is placed on ideas, concepts, and theories used by anthropological archaeologists to design and interpret their research and to explore not only what happened in the past, but to develop ideas about why things happened as well. Also included are lectures about archaeological finds or issues that have been particularly well publicized and about which students often express considerable curiosity. The main objectives are a) to expose students to a series of historically significant non-modern, non-Western societies and cultures using overtly evolutionary, behavioral, and sociological perspectives; b) to enlighten students concerning the kinds of extant information that are available for these societies, how research is designed to acquire new data, and how scholar’s interpret these data, and c) to stress the nature of the agrarian human condition out of which modern societies so recently emerged, and under which people in many developing societies still live. Central to the latter are issues of subsistence agriculture and human demography. Central to ANTH 9 are comparisons among several great Old World civilizations, comparisons with other world civilizations and cultures, and comparisons with modern society.
HIST 115. 18362. MWF, 9:05–9:55 a.m. 107 Ag Sciences
Chronological and topical survey of the story of Jewish life in America. We will trace the social, religious, cultural, and political developments in the Jewish community from the Colonial Period to the present. Topics to be covered include immigration, acculturation, ethnicity, gender, politics, and communal and religious innovation. While “knowing the facts” is obviously important to historical understanding, this course helps students develop critical thinking skills. These skills include: close and thoughtful reading and analysis of primary and secondary sources; looking for a broader coherence or “order” to the material; independent analysis and effective articulation (both in writing and in class discussion) of well-reasoned, well-crafted conclusions and interpretations and arguments (conclusions/interpretations/arguments which are supported by specific factual evidence derived from a variety of sources). The three specific course objectives underscore its scholarly dimensions: (1) Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the experiences of members of the American Jewish community and United States history as a whole. (2) Students will gain an understanding and knowledge of the political, economic, and social processes that shaped the American Jewish experience. (3) Students will learn how to “think historically” by placing documents written in the past in their historical contexts, and to consider the relationship of the past to the present. By the end of the course students will: Demonstrate an understanding of the chronology of American Jewish history. Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse experiences of different groups of Americans. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, and ideological structures that shaped the American Jewish experience and continue to shape the modern United States.
SOC 5.001. 16871. MWF, 9:05–9:55 a.m. 362 Willard
Current social problems such as economic, racial, and gender inequalities; social deviance and crime; population, environmental, energy, and health problems. SOC 005 Social Problems (3) (GS)(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. This course is designed to introduce students to the main societal issues facing humanity at the present time and in the foreseeable future. Although the course examines a number of social issues in the United States (such as crime and poverty), the course generally takes an international and inter-cultural perspective. The primary social issues that affect individuals and their children today are global, rather than national, in scope. For this reason, globalization is a recurring theme in the course. Discussion and questions are encouraged in all sections. Assessment is based partly on objective and short–answer tests taken in class, including a final examination. All sections also include writing assignments that involve either library or Internet research. For example, in one commonly used assignment, students write a paper describing and analyzing a serious social problem in some country other than the United States, such as Ireland, Egypt, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Argentina, or Indonesia. An alternative writing assignment requires that students investigate and describe a local problem in Centre County. Another variation requires students to research the views of other students and groups on campus and compose a letter to the Penn State university president about an issue or problem on campus involving student behavior. SOC 005 provides excellent preparation for most upper–level sociology courses. Because this course introduces students to social problems that will confront their generation in the near future, it also is relevant to other majors and disciplines, such as political science, economics, and health and human development. This course meets a General Education requirement in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
CMLIT 5.001. 18704. TR, 12:05–1:20 p.m. 173 Willard
Comparative interpretation of the oral and written literary traditions of North, Central, and South America. CMLIT 5 Introduction to Literatures of the Americas (3) (GH;US;IL)(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. CMLIT 5, Introduction to Literatures of the Americas, allows you to explore the great variety of literatures of the Americas, including translations of texts written in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Amerindian languages, as well as texts originally written in English. Readings include many genres and artistic forms dealing with histories and accounts of “American” issues, such as conquest, nationalism, slavery, diaspora, and immigration. You will also consider the various influences among these traditions in terms of time period and genre. This course investigates the literary and cultural notion of “America,” and what it means to be “American,” in terms of the entire hemisphere. We will deal with issues of race, ethnicity, class, religion, as well as other vital concerns of identity and “Americanness” as reflected in both oral and written literary traditions through the history of the Americas. At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to understand and make – comparisons among the many “American” literary traditions. This course fulfills requirements for the Comparative Literature major, the World Literature minor, General Education Humanities, Bachelor of Arts Humanities, and General Education United States and International Competency.
Continuing Education at University Park
223 Outreach Building
University Park PA 16802