Sample Curriculum

For students entering Wharton in fall 2017 or later

Below is a sample of an undergraduate course sequence for students entering Wharton in fall 2017 or later. It is important to remember that students will have differing schedules depending on a variety of factors, including AP/IB/A-Level credits, transfer credits, study abroad courses, participation in JWS, or enrollment in a coordinated dual-degree program. Follow the links or go to the requirements page to learn more about particular courses and requirements. Please remember, however, that you should discuss your academic plans with your advisor.

Freshman Year

Fall

Wharton 101: Business and You

Wharton 101 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 10: Introduction to Economics for Business

ECON 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

Freshmen should take one of the following courses in their first semester: MATH 103 or MATH 104/110 or STAT 101/430 or STAT 102/431

2-3 other courses (Foreign Language, Writing Seminar, General Education, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, or LGST 100 or 101)

Follow these links to learn more about the Foreign Language, General Education, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, or Critical Writing Seminar requirements. Information about Legal Studies (LGST) 100: Ethics and Social Responsibility and Legal Studies (LGST) 101: Law and Social Values can be found on the Business Fundamentals page.

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

Students should also consider Freshman Seminars, which provide an opportunity for direct personal interaction with a faculty member in a small-class setting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. Visit the Freshman Seminars webpage to learn more. Freshman Seminars typically count toward the General Education requirement.

Spring

Math or Statistics Course

Freshmen should take one of the following courses in their spring semester: MATH 104/110 or STAT 101/430 or STAT 102/431.

2 Business Fundamentals

Choose two of the following required Business Fundamental courses:

      • BEPP 250: Managerial Economics
      • 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 two of these courses, 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, General Education, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, or Writing Seminar)

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

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

Students should also consider Freshman Seminars, which provide an opportunity for direct personal interaction with a faculty member in a small-class setting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. Visit the Freshman Seminars webpage to learn more. Freshman Seminars typically count toward the General Education requirement.

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.

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

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

Spring

1-2 Other Courses (including Global Economy, Business, and Society and 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.

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.