For students entering Wharton prior to fall 2017
3 required CUs
Given today’s global business environment, an international perspective international is an essential part of a student’s undergraduate education. To that end, Wharton students are required to take 3 CUs that have substantial international content.
The following policies apply to Global Environment courses:
- Global Environment courses may not be taken pass/fail.
- Two of these courses may double-count with General Education courses.
- A maximum of one business course may be used to satisfy a Global Environment requirement. This business course may not double count with any other requirement.
- International students are not permitted to fulfill this requirement with courses about the United States.
Courses that may be used to fulfill the requirement include:
- Courses that discuss international issues, including courses focusing on particular regions of the world
- Courses about non-American cultures, including courses in art, history, literature, music, and religious studies
- Upper-level language courses designated as “business,” “commercial,” or “professional”
- Business courses on international topics, such as multinational management or international public policy. These courses may not double count with any other requirement
- Freshman Seminars, which provide an excellent introduction to academic life at Penn. More information about Freshman Seminars >>
Courses that may not be used to fulfill the requirement include:
- Language courses that are not titled “business,” “commercial,” or “professional”
- Methodology courses, such as demography and ethnography
- Courses about immigrant populations in the United States
- Courses taken abroad that do not fit into the categories in the section above
View a list of approved Global courses. If you have questions about Global courses, please meet with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Division.
NOTE: Students in the Management and Technology, Nursing and Healthcare Management, and Life Sciences and Management coordinated dual-degree programs may only take liberal arts (non-business) courses to fulfill the Global Environment requirement.