Interdisciplinary

Interdisciplinary opportunities at Penn allow students to express their academic creativity and discover new ways of synthesizing information.

Dual Degree

Undergraduates can receive two Bachelor's Degrees by completing the requirements for any two of the four undergraduate schools at the same time. A dual degree program has no prescribed course of study and the student does not have to choose to participate prior to matriculation. Refer to individual school sites for information on dual degree programs at each school.

Penn President Amy Gutmann

Penn Compact 2020

President Amy Gutmann’s far-reaching vision for the University builds on the success of the original Penn Compact, which she launched at her inauguration in 2004. Penn Compact 2020 outlines President Gutmann’s manifold strategy for making Penn the most inclusive, innovative, and impactful university in the nation.

Penn Compact 2020
Dorothy Roberts: Bringing Different Perspectives into the Classroom

Penn Integrates Knowledge

The Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) initiative attracts professors whose world-renown work bridges multiple academic disciplines. By providing each PIK professor with appointments in two Penn schools, this initiative supports the full breadth and depth of their pioneering work while also building on Penn’s foundational commitment to interdisciplinary research.

Penn Integrates Knowledge

Coordinated Dual Degree

Penn’s specialized dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to pursue an integrated curriculum jointly offered by two schools within the University. Program participants graduate from Penn with two degrees.

Coordinated dual degree programs offered by the College
Learn about Penn’s dual degree programs in International Studies & Business, Life Sciences & Management, and Energy Research.

Coordinated dual degree programs offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science
Penn Engineering undergraduates have the opportunity to pursue specialized dual degrees in Management and Technology, Energy Science & Engineering, and the Computer & Cognitive Sciences.

Coordinated dual degree programs offered by Penn Law School
Many Penn Law students earn dual degrees by augmenting their law studies with coursework ranging from dental medicine to Islamic studies. Read about the numerous options here.

Coordinated dual degree programs offered by Wharton
Learn about Wharton’s undergraduate dual degree options in International Studies & Business, Life Sciences & Management, Management & Technology, and Nursing & Health Care Management.

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University Minors

In addition to minors completed within one school, several interdisciplinary minors combine coursework from the four undergraduate schools.

Actuarial Mathematics
Taught to use their knowledge of mathematics and probability theory to define, analyze and solve complex business, financial, and social problems, students who graduate with the Actuarial Mathematics minor are in high demand by the insurance and banking industries.

American Public Policy
This minor is offered jointly by the School of Arts & Sciences’ Political Science Department and the Wharton School’s Business Economics and Public Policy Department.

Biological Basis of Behavior and Health Services Management
This minor exposes students to the latest advances in neuroscience and behavioral biology and the real-world environment in which science innovation must be developed and managed.

Nursing and Health Services Management
This group of courses allows students to understand both the nature of the economic and managerial constraints that face health care organizations and how these constraints can be effectively managed to provide the best possible health care for patients.

Nutrition
Jointly sponsored by the Schools of Nursing and Arts & Sciences, the Nutrition minor illustrates the pervasiveness of nutrition-related issues in such diverse fields as anthropology, economics, folklore, history, physiology, psychology, health care and public policy.

Urban Education
This minor provides students with a powerful combination of classroom- and community-based learning that allows for a deeper understanding of the complex factors affecting urban education.