JWS Sample Curriculum

For JWS students entering Wharton in fall 2017 or later

Below is a sample of a typical JWS course sequence. Follow the links to learn more about particular courses and requirements. Please remember, however, that you should discuss your specific academic schedule with Dr. Utsav Schurmans and/or the academic advisor assigned to your cohort.

Please note the following:

  • By the end of your freshman year, you should have taken ECON 010, MATH 104/110 (or higher), Wharton 101, at least one BFS seminar or JWS honors class, and a writing seminar.
  • We recommend that you take four classes, in addition to Wharton 101, in the fall and four or five in the spring. Taking four classes will allow you to devote more of your time to activities outside the classroom, which we consider critically important to your development as a Joseph Wharton Scholar.

Freshman Year

FALL

Wharton 101: Business and You

This 0.5 CU course introduces the School’s various business disciplines and engages students in learning about their personal strengths and leadership potential. This gateway class is the first of four modules that comprise the “Leadership Journey,” which is intended to prepare students for leadership roles by providing experiential learning as well as evidence-based content on leadership, communication, teamwork, and diversity. Wharton 101 is graded on a pass/fail basis.

ECON 010: Intro to Economics for Business

Economics 010 covers introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics for business. Unless waived, this course must be taken in the fall of freshman year.

Please note the following:

  • ECON 010 may be waived only if a student receives AP waivers for both microeconomics (ECON 001) and macroeconomics (ECON 002).
  • Students who are waived from only ECON 001 may take either ECON 002 or ECON 010.
  • Students who are waived from only ECON 002 may take either ECON 001 or ECON 010.
  • Students who are interested in eventually pursuing upper-level coursework in economics (e.g., as part of a dual-degree program or an economics minor) should consult with their advisor about the appropriate economics courses in which to begin.

Math or Statistics Course (e.g., Math 104/110 or Math 114/115 or STAT 101/430 or STAT 102/431)

Math: For information on choosing the appropriate math course, you should consult the math requirement page. Students who have fulfilled the math requirement may continue with MATH 114, which, while not being a required course for Wharton, is required if you wish to take the higher-level Statistics courses (e.g., STAT 430 and 431, which JWS counts as scholars courses toward program requirements). MATH 114 and MATH 240 are also recommended for all mathematically inclined students who might wish to take other math electives or leave open the possibility of pursuing a graduate degree in finance, economics, or other quantitative discipline. They are also required for students in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology.

Statistics: Usually taken in the sophomore year, Statistics 101 and 102 are also taken by many freshmen, particularly if they have satisfied language competency and/or math requirements. The higher-level mathematical statistics courses, STAT 430 and 431, can be taken in lieu of STAT 101/102 and are counted as scholars courses for JWS purposes. As noted in the previous section, these courses require MATH 114 (one course beyond Wharton’s general math requirement). JWS also recognizes ESE 301 and 302 as scholars courses; primarily taken by M&T students, these courses also satisfy Wharton’s statistics requirement in lieu of STAT 101/102.

1 BFS Seminar

Follow this link to learn more about BFS Seminars. Typically, these seminars count toward the General Education Distribution requirement.

1-2 Other Courses (Foreign Language, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, or Writing Seminar)

Follow these links to learn more about the Foreign LanguageCross-Cultural Perspectives, or Critical Writing Seminar requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged to take a Critical Writing Seminar freshman year.

SPRING

Wharton 150: Evaluating Evidence

WH 150: Evaluating Evidence is a BFS Seminar taught by Professor Catherine Schrand.

Math or Statistics Course

Math: For information on choosing the appropriate math course, you should consult the math requirement page. Students who have fulfilled the math requirement may continue with MATH 114, which, while not being a required course for Wharton, is required if you wish to take the higher-level Statistics courses (e.g., STAT 430 and 431, which JWS counts as scholars courses toward program requirements). MATH 114 and MATH 240 are also recommended for all mathematically inclined students who might wish to take other math electives or leave open the possibility of pursuing a graduate degree in finance, economics, or other quantitative discipline. They are also required for students in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology.

Statistics: Usually taken in the sophomore year, Statistics 101 and 102 are also taken by many freshmen, particularly if they have satisfied language competency and/or math requirements. The higher-level mathematical statistics courses, STAT 430 and 431, can be taken in lieu of STAT 101/102 and are counted as scholars courses for JWS purposes. As noted in the previous section, these courses require MATH 114 (one course beyond Wharton’s general math requirement). JWS also recognizes ESE 301 and 302 as scholars courses; primarily taken by M&T students, these courses also satisfy Wharton’s statistics requirement in lieu of STAT 101/102.

1-2 Business Fundamentals (include an honors class if possible)

Choose one of the following required courses:

  • LGST 100: Ethics and Social Responsibility or LGST 101: Law and Social Values
  • MGMT 101: Introduction to Management
  • MKTG 101: Introduction to Marketing
  • OIDD 101: Introduction to Operations, Information and Decisions

When selecting a course, consider the balance between quantitative and qualitative courses in your schedule, which areas you’re most excited to explore, and whether you plan on taking 4 or 5 courses.

1-2 Other Courses (Foreign Language, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, or Writing Seminar)

Follow these links to learn more about the Foreign Language, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, or Critical Writing Seminar requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged to take a Critical Writing Seminar freshman year.

Sophomore Year

FALL

Wharton 201: Management Communication

This 0.5 CU course is the second module of the Leadership Journey and focuses on developing and practicing oral and written communication skills for presentations and business memos across a range of scenarios.

Honors BEPP 250: Managerial Economics

You will have a chance to plan spring courses with your advisor in October and November.  BEPP 250: Managerial Economics focuses on the application of microeconomic theory to management problems.

1-2 Business Fundamentals (include an honors class if possible)

1-2 Other Courses (Global Economy, Business, and Society and/or Technology, Innovation, and Analytics)

Follow these links to learn more about the Global Economy, Business, and Society and Technology, Innovation, and Analytics requirements.

SPRING

1 BFS Seminar

Follow this link to learn more about BFS Seminars. Typically, these seminars count toward the General Education Distribution requirement.

2-3 Business Fundamentals (include an honors class if possible)

1-2 Other Courses (Global Economy, Business, and Society and/or Technology, Innovation, and Analytics)

Follow these links to learn more about the Global Economy, Business, and Society and Technology, Innovation, and Analytics requirements.

Junior Year

During the third year of study, students will be taking Wharton 301, completing courses for their concentrations, considering possible minors, studying abroad, and fulfilling any remaining curricular requirements. You should take the JWS thesis class (WH399, honors) either junior or senior year.*

Senior Year

During the fourth year of study, students will be finalizing their concentration choices and minors (if applicable), completing their Leadership Journey capstone requirement, and fulfilling any other remaining curricular requirements. You should take the JWS thesis class (WH399, honors) either junior or senior year.*

* Note: students in dual-degree programs can elect to fulfill the JWS research requirement through a formal thesis class in their non-Wharton school. See program requirements for more information.