Sample Curriculum

Below is a sample of an undergraduate course sequence. 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.

First Year

Fall

Wharton 1010: Business and You

Wharton 1010¹ 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 1010 is graded on a pass/fail basis.¹

BEPP 1000: Introduction to Economics for Business

BEPP 1000² covers introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics for business. Unless waived, students must take this course in the fall of their first year.

Please note the following:

  • BEPP 1000 may be waived only if a student receives AP waivers for both microeconomics (ECON 0100) and macroeconomics (ECON 0200).²
  • Students who are waived from only ECON 0100 may take either ECON 0200 or ECON 0110.
  • Students who are waived from only ECON 0200 may take either ECON 0100 or ECON 0110.
  • 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

First-year students should take one of the following courses in their first semester: MATH 1300 or MATH 1400/1100³ or STAT 1010/4300 or STAT 1020/4310¹

2-3 other courses (Foreign Language, Writing Seminar, General Education, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, or LGST 1000 or 1010)

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) 1000: Ethics and Social Responsibility and Legal Studies (LGST) 1010: Law and Social Values can be found on the Business Fundamentals page.¹

Students are strongly encouraged to take a Critical Writing Seminar in their first year.

Students should also consider the following options that typically count toward the General Education requirement:

  • Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) Courses where students and faculty work with West Philadelphia public schools, communities of faith, and community organizations to help solve critical campus and community problems in a variety of areas such as the environment, health, arts, and education. To find ABCS courses in Path@Penn, use Advanced Search and Course Attribute “UNAS.”
  • First-Year Seminars, which provide an opportunity for direct personal interaction with a faculty member in a small-class setting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. To find First-Year Seminars in Path@Penn, use Advanced Search and Course Attribute “AUFS.”

Spring

Math or Statistics Course

First-year students should take one of the following courses in their spring semester: MATH 1400/1100 or STAT 1010/4300 or STAT 1020/4310

2 Business Fundamentals

Choose two of the following required Business Fundamental courses:¹

  • BEPP 2500: Managerial Economics
  • LGST 1000: Ethics and Social Responsibility or LGST 1010: Law and Social Values
  • MGMT 1010: Introduction to Management (see MGMT 1010 enrollment policy FAQ)
  • MKTG 1010: Introduction to Marketing
  • OIDD 1010: 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. BEPP 2500 is recommended for students who plan to take a finance course in the fall of sophomore year.

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 in their first year.

Students should also consider the following options that typically count toward the General Education requirement:

  • Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) Courses where students and faculty work with West Philadelphia public schools, communities of faith, and community organizations to help solve critical campus and community problems in a variety of areas such as the environment, health, arts, and education. To find ABCS courses in Path@Penn, use Advanced Search and Course Attribute “UNAS.”
  • First-Year Seminars, which provide an opportunity for direct personal interaction with a faculty member in a small-class setting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. To find First-Year Seminars in Path@Penn, use Advanced Search and Course Attribute “AUFS.”

Sophomore Year

Fall

Wharton 2010: Business Communication for Impact

This 0.5 CU course¹ is the second module of the Leadership Journey and prepares students to communicate confidently, effectively, and persuasively in all types of business communication (spoken and written, formal and informal, prepared and spontaneous).

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 MGMT 3010,¹ 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.


¹ Starting with Advance Registration in spring 2022, all course numbers are changing from 3 to 4 numbers/characters. In general, if the old course number was <100, the new course number will be the old number prefaced by a zero. If the old course number was >100, the new course number will be the old number with a zero appended to the end, e.g., FNCE 100 becomes FNCE 1000.
² Note updated course numbers: BEPP 1000 replaces ECON 010 and ECON 0100 and ECON 0200 replace ECON 001 and 002 as of spring 2022.
³ Note updated course numbers: MATH 1300, 1400, and 1100 replace MATH 103, 104, and 110 as of spring 2022.