Two of the following three
courses fulfills the Societal Environment requirement:
Legal Studies 101: Introduction
to Law and
This course provides an overall
introduction to the American legal system. Any
leader of an organization that does business in the
United States must understand this legal environment to
conduct business successfully.
Legal Studies 210: Corporate
Every member of a business
organization is faced with making ethical decisions.
This course provides a structure for thinking
through problems and developing appropriate responses
when ethical challenges arise.
Business and Public Policy 203:
Business in the Global Political Environment
Organizations around the world
must deal not only with their clients, customers and
shareholders, but also with the communities in which
they are located and with the governments of the
entities in which they are housed. This course
discusses how firms respond to various regulatory and
political forces in the external environment.
One of the following two courses
fulfills the Organizational Environment requirement:
Management 104: Industrial
Relations and Human Resource Management
One of the most important
managerial tasks is developing rewarding and productive
relationships with co-workers and employees. This
course teaches students how to approach issues in the
management of human resources at all levels of an
Insurance 205: Risk
All firms must cope with risks:
financial risks, risks associated with
destruction of property, and risks associated with
variability in human behavior. This course
discusses the risks companies face and how they can
best plan to minimize the negative effects of various
kinds of risks.
Business Breadth (3
This three-course requirement is
designed to give Wharton students a broad sampling of
various business fields beyond the fundamental core and
business depth courses. Any non-core Wharton course
meets the requirement. However, students may not take
more than one course from any department, any course
from the department in which the student is taking his
or her first or only concentration, or more than one
course from the department in which the student
is taking a second concentration.
Students also may not double-count a business breadth
course with any other part of the curriculum except for one
course in each concentration beyond the primary
Business Depth –
Concentration (4 courses)
All students in the Wharton
undergraduate program major in business, but each
selects an area of concentration. Students usually
begin their business concentration in the junior year.
The Wharton concentration consists of four courses
above the introductory level, which provide the
opportunity to explore one area of business more
thoroughly. For details on the specific requirements,
see the Concentrations section below.
General Education Distribution
One of the main objectives of the
Wharton undergraduate program is to combine the study
of business with the study of the arts and sciences.
To ensure that students gain broad exposure to
liberal arts courses, these subject areas have been
divided into three general categories: Social
Structures; Language, Arts and Culture; and Science and
Technology. A total of seven courses are
necessary to fulfill this requirement, with at least
two in each category but three in one.
These courses may be taken
pass/fail if they do not apply to a minor, a degree in
another school at Penn or are used to fulfill the
global environment requirement.
Global Environment (3
Wharton undergraduates are
required to take a total of three courses to fulfill
the Global Environment requirement. The
requirement is fulfilled by selecting three courses
taught with substantial international content.
Two of these courses may double-count with the
General Education Distribution courses.
Unrestricted Electives (3
Any three course units fulfill
the Unrestricted Electives. Students pursuing a second
concentration must apply three of those courses here.
Unrestricted Electives may be taken pass/fail
unless they are being used towards a second
Non-business Electives (2
The Non-business Electives
category requires two courses that are not from a
Wharton department. This requirement has been
included in the curriculum to ensure that students take
the opportunity to explore non-business subject matter
beyond the seven required to fulfill the General
Education Distribution requirement. These courses
may be taken pass/fail if they do not apply to a minor
or dual degree.