Dean of the Wharton School
Patrick T. Harker
David C. Schmittlein
Vice Dean and Director of the Undergraduate Division
Barbara E. Kahn
Suzanne Kauffman DePuyt
Director of Academic Affairs and Advising
Director of Undergraduate Leadership Programs
Anne M. Greenhalgh
Director of Research and Scholars Programs
Martin A. Asher
Senior Associate Director
The Wharton School offers a program of business and management education integrated with the arts and sciences. On top of a solid foundation in both of these areas, Wharton overlaps specialized courses in the major functional fields of management to enable students to examine one or more areas in depth.
Established in 1881 by Joseph Wharton as a “means for imparting a liberal education in all matters concerning Finance and Economy,” the Wharton School was the first collegiate school of management in the United States. In this tradition, the School’s undergraduate curriculum offers a broadly designed four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Wharton’s concept of collegiate education and its objectives have been well established over the years. The present curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in management concepts, principles, and practices necessary for careers in business, the professions, government, or non-profit enterprises. Successful graduates will be proficient in oral and written communication, understand and be able to apply quantitative analysis to the solution of management problems, and be able, as managers, to utilize computer techniques in making decisions. Graduates will also have an insight into human nature and the behavioral aspect of decision-making.
The Wharton School’s four-year undergraduate program consists of 37 course units (cu’s). A schedule of courses for the program is shown below. The various general and special subjects in the liberal arts and business are pursued simultaneously by students throughout their four undergraduate years. A careful review of the program reveals the wide latitude available for individualized or dual-degree programs of study.
This section of the Penn Undergraduate Academic Bulletin is designed to give students an overview of the Wharton undergraduate program and the various opportunities available with the School. As information is constantly being updated and policies change, students are asked to refer to Wharton’s undergraduate web site, http://undergrad.wharton.upenn.edu, for more information. The updated Wharton undergraduate student handbook can be downloaded from the undergraduate web site.
The Wharton School undergraduate curriculum leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics. This program of study is designed with three primary objectives in mind: to combine the study of business with the study
of the liberal arts and sciences; to provide students with an international perspective; and to ensure that students gain leadership and communication skills in addition to quantitative, analytical, and problem-solving skills.