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4-Year Baccalaureate Majors

Majors by Area of Interest


BUSINESS

Accounting (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)(Start and Finish: World Campus)

This major helps students prepare for careers in auditing and public accounting, industrial and managerial accounting, and in governmental and nonprofit accounting. It also provides a sound background for graduate studies in accounting or related fields. Graduates may also elect to pursue other professional certifications, including Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFA), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
(Capital College)

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Accounting (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting prepares students for careers in corporate and business accounting, auditing and public accounting, industrial and managerial accounting, and in governmental and not-for-profit accounting. The program also provides a sound foundation for students to pursue graduate studies in accounting or related fields.
(Abington College)

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Accounting (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

The Accounting major provides an opportunity to pursue a unique program that integrates knowledge and skill in accounting and information management. It helps students prepare for positions in public accounting firms, corporations, and government. In addition, the Accounting major provides the necessary academic training for students interested in administrative responsibilities in the area of accounting.
(The Berks College)

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Accounting (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The Accounting major provides an opportunity to pursue a unique program that integrates knowledge and skill in accounting and information management. It helps students prepare for positions in public accounting firms, corporations, and government. In addition, the Accounting major provides the necessary academic training for students interested in administrative responsibilities in the area of accounting.
(The Behrend College)

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Accounting (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare for careers in public, industrial, or governmental accounting and also provides an appropriate background for those planning to enter law school or graduate school. Public accounting is carried on by independent practitioners, most of whom are certified public accountants. In addition to independent audits, CPAs render accounting, tax, and management advisory services. The credit requirements to sit for the CPA examination in Pennsylvania and many other states are automatically met by completing the prescribed curriculum. The industrial accountant, as an executive in a business firm, is in charge of designing and supervising the financial and managerial accounting system, including the preparation and analysis of reports. Many are now taking the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. Governmental accountants occupy positions in federal, state, and local government and perform services similar to those of public or industrial accountants.
(Smeal College of Business)

Smeal College of Business

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Agribusiness Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park; Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)

Graduates can be found working in the food production, processing, financial services, wholesaling and retailing industries, both in the United States and abroad. A substantial number are employed by agricultural supply firms. Typically, B.S. degree holders begin their careers in sales or as management trainees, and then progress to management as they develop higher levels of expertise and experience. Many graduates also are employed in banking and the investment and mutual funds industries, and others have gone to law school, graduate school, or into rural development. The quality and diversity of the program enables Agribusiness majors to undertake a variety of jobs.
(College of Agricultural Sciences, Smeal College of Business)

College of Agricultural Sciences

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Arts Administration: Digital Media Option (Start at any campus and Finish: Lehigh Valley)

The Penn State Arts Administration program is intended for students with an interest in the arts and a desire to pursue careers in the administration or management of arts organizations such as museums, theatre companies, orchestras and choruses. The program combines a broad exposure to the arts with intensive training in management, marketing, writing, and development.

The interdisciplinary Arts Administration program answers the growing need for leaders and administrators of arts organizations that must compete, survive, and thrive in a corporate world. Recognizing that these organizations have missions that are different from business corporations, the Arts Administration program aims to produce capable arts administrators, managers, and entrepreneurs with both aesthetic sensibilities and business acumen. Successful arts administration is crucial to the continued vitality of modern cultural institutions, creative enterprises, and arts organizations. If the public is to benefit, skilled arts administrators must facilitate the work of artists to realize their artistic vision and share it with the public, by executing the necessary financial, legal, and organizational decisions. In short, talented arts administrators are partners in a collaborative artistic process.

The Digital Media option emphasizes design and social media engagement, so that student may create and manage online content for cultural organizations. Students develop proficiency in web writing, image editing, layout, and communication-based advertising.
(The University College)

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Arts Administration (Start at any campus and Finish: Behrend)

The Penn State Behrend Arts Administration program is intended for students with an interest in the arts and a desire to pursue careers in the administration or management of arts organizations such as museums, theatre companies, orchestras and choruses. The program combines a broad exposure to the arts with intensive training in management, marketing, writing, and development.

The interdisciplinary Arts Administration program answers the growing need for leaders and administrators of arts organizations that must compete, survive, and thrive in a corporate world. Recognizing that these organizations have missions that are different from business corporations, the Arts Administration program aims to produce capable arts administrators, managers, and entrepreneurs with both aesthetic sensibilities and business acumen. Successful arts administration is crucial to the continued vitality of modern cultural institutions, creative enterprises, and arts organizations. If the public is to benefit, skilled arts administrators must facilitate the work of artists to realize their artistic vision and share it with the public, by executing the necessary financial, legal, and organizational decisions. In short, talented arts administrators are partners in a collaborative artistic process.
(The Behrend College)

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Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York)

The bachelor of science degree in Business is an upperdivision, professionally oriented business degree program for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially small businesses. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.
(University College)

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Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

The bachelor of science degree in Business is an upperdivision, professionally oriented business degree program for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially small businesses. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.
(Abington College)

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Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

The bachelor of science degree in Business is an upperdivision, professionally oriented business degree program for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially small businesses. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.
(Altoona College)

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Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

The bachelor of science degree in Business is an upperdivision, professionally oriented business degree program for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially small businesses. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.
(Berks College)

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Business Undecided (Start at any campus and finish at University Park)

This major is for students interested in the Smeal College of Business, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.
(Smeal College of Business)

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Business (undecided) (CABUS) (Start at any campus and finish: Harrisburg)
This major is for students who are interested in Penn State Harrisburg, but are undecided about which business major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them. (Capital College)

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Business (undecided) (BCBUS) (Start at any campus and finish: Behrend)
This major is for students who are interested in Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, but are undecided about which business major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.
(The Behrend College)

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Bachelor of Science in Business (Start and Finish: World Campus)

The bachelor of science in business degree program (BSBIC) is a degree completion program designed for students who are seeking general preparation for professions in business. The degree combines core business disciplines—notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics—with applied study in a practical setting.
(Intercollege Degree Programs)

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Business Economics (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

Business Economics is a quantitatively oriented program of study in applied economics. Leading to a B.S. degree, this major combines in-depth study of economics with a general business background, the latter including courses in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and quantitative business analysis. Students may choose upper-division economics courses in business and economic forecasting, econometrics, economic theory, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, managerial economics, and urban and regional economics. Use of computers as analytical and problem-solving tools is emphasized in the program. The major also includes several non-business supporting areas of study from which students may choose courses.
(The Behrend College)

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Corporate Communication (Start at any Campus and Finish: Fayette, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre, or Worthington Scranton)

The Corporate Communication B.A. program helps students prepare for public information and media relations positions in profit and nonprofit organizations. The program is distinguished by its cross-disciplinary course work in business, information systems, human behavior, and oral, written, and visual communication. In addition, there is a required field experience. The program provides a broad foundation in business principles, including team projects and problem solving; ethics; oral, written and visual communication skills; and psychology. The major is designed to prepare students for a variety of career fields, including human resources, public relations, training and development, and public information.
(University College)

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Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship major prepares students for challenges in the development of emerging products and new markets for demanding consumers. The ability to adapt to a rapidly changing social and business environment can yield great rewards and returns, but it requires innovative, multifunctional individuals able to adapt to and develop new technologies, innovations and businesses amid a wider environment of change, uncertainty and ambiguity. The major is conceived for students interested in starting and managing new businesses or re-inventing current business with the intent of growing the economy and providing jobs for a diverse workforce. The major will focus on developing problem solving and creative thinking skills, along with the ability to recognize opportunities, spot trends, and develop a plan to capitalize on these ideas. Emerging entrepreneurs and innovative managers of small to large businesses must be competent in various mediums of communication, have good negotiation skills, can lead with ethics and integrity, and are grounded in business aspects of planning, capital investing, goal setting, and decision making.
(Smeal College of Business)

Smeal College of Business

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Economics(Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The Economics major is a program of study with a liberal arts orientation. The broad liberal arts background serves as a foundation for advanced study in the methods and techniques of economic analysis. Use of mainframe and microcomputers as analytical and problem-solving tools is emphasized in the program's upper-division courses. Students may choose upper-division courses in several areas of specialization, including business cycles and forecasting, economic theory, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, managerial economics, and regional economics.
(The Behrend College)

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Economics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for those who seek a broad understanding of the operation of the economic system and training in the methods and uses of economic analysis. Graduates are equipped for employment in many areas of business operations, labor unions, and agencies of government at all levels; and to undertake the graduate work necessary to become professional economists.
Students may choose either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science program. An honors program is also offered.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

College of the Liberal Arts

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Economics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for those who seek a broad understanding of the operation of the economic system and training in the methods and uses of economic analysis. Graduates are equipped for employment in many areas of business operations, labor unions, and agencies of government at all levels; and to undertake the graduate work necessary to become professional economists.
The B.S. degree program is intended for students with a strong interest in quantitative skills. An honors program is also offered.
(College of Liberal Arts)

College of the Liberal Arts

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Energy and Sustainability Policy(Start and Finish: World Campus)

The Online Bachelor of Arts degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy will prepare students to compete for new careers in the growing and evolving energy field. Students will master the knowledge and skills needed to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate diverse information about emerging global trends in energy policy, technology, and economics. Emphasizing research skills, communication skills, foreign language and international competencies.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

College of Earth & Mineral Sciences

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Energy Sustainability Policy B.S. (Start and Finish: World Campus)
The Bachelor of Science degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP) is an interdisciplinary program, preparing students for careers in the evolving policy sector of the energy and sustainability fields, especially where strong science, business, and analytical skills are required. The B.S. program prescribes coursework in areas including energy sources, uses, and technologies; sustainability principles and practices; climate change; and, policy development and analysis. Students select additional courses in energy and science; analysis and technology; business and management; and, ethics, leadership and communications. ESP B.S. educational objectives emphasize five areas of student competency: (1) energy industry knowledge; (2) a sustainability ethic; (3) analytical skills; (4) communication skills; and (5) global perspective. The ESP B.S. program prepares students with knowledge and skills valued by many types of organizations, including commercial firms, government agencies, public utilities, regulatory bodies, nonprofit and advocacy groups, and energy and trade organizations.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

College of Earth & Mineral Sciences

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Energy Business and Finance (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major, offered jointly by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Smeal College of Business, combines training in business, economics, finance, and the physical sciences with a core of courses focusing on energy and related industries. The major helps students prepare for careers in the energy industry, as well as financial institutions, nonprofit groups, and international organizations dealing with energy issues. The curriculum also provides a strong base for further study in business, economics, law, and social sciences. The General option of the major is appropriate for students who want a broad understanding of the earth and environmental sciences in preparation for careers in industry, commerce, and government. A more specific course of study involving geographic information systems is available through the Geographic Information Systems option. The option is designed to develop competence in description, analysis, explanation, and management of problems arising from human use of natural resources and natural systems. The Energy Systems option is designed to give students a more rigorous background in engineering principles and applications together with a demanding economics and business curriculum.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Smeal College of Business)

College of Earth & Mineral Sciences

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Finance (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This major is designed for students seeking careers in corporate finance, investment and portfolio management, banking, public finance, and international finance, as well as for those who intend to pursue graduate study in finance. Graduates may then be prepared to seek certificates in financial analysis (CFA) and financial planning (CFP). Each student’s background is complemented with basic business instruction in accounting, management, marketing, and information systems. With business and non-business electives, the program is designed to develop necessary skills to be an effective financial manager.
Capital College)

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Finance (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend; Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)

The Finance major provides students with a firm foundation in the principles of finance and its major areas: financial management, investments, and financial markets. The course work is designed to lead to professional certification in financial analysis. Students have job opportunities in a variety of positions with mutual funds, brokerage firms, banks, and insurance companies, as well as positions in corporate finance.
(The Behrend College)

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Finance(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides students with an opportunity to study investment analysis, management of banks and other financial institutions, and financial management of corporations and other businesses. Course coverage includes business finance, security markets, commercial bank management, investment valuations, portfolio management, futures and options markets, and capital budgeting.
(Smeal College of Business)

Smeal College of Business

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Recreation, Park and Tourism Management: Golf Management Option (Start and Finish: University Park)

This option helps prepare students to manage golf facilities within the municipal, military, public, and private sectors. In addition to the core curriculum in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, this option includes a strong basic education in business coupled with course work in turf management and hospitality. Each student completes sixteen months of Co-op education under the supervision of a Class A member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America.

First-year students are admitted directly into the Golf Management option at the University Park campus only. In addition to the University's academic requirements, each student admitted to the Golf Management option must have a playing proficiency represented by a minimum golf handicap of 12 or lower.
(College of Health and Human Development)

College of Health & Human Development

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Health Policy and Administration (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This major helps students prepare for management and policy positions or graduate study in the field of health care. Students in the major develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complex societal problem of providing access to quality health care at reasonable cost. All HPA students complete an internship in a health care-related setting, giving them valuable experience and contacts in the industry. HPA students study a multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares them to work in many health care organizations including: health care providers; health insurers; health care consultants; health care supply companies; health services research and policy organizations; and local, state, and federal health agencies. HPA students have also used the degree to prepare for graduate study in business, law, medicine or allied health fields, health administration health services research or policy, and public health.
(Capital College)

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Health Policy and Administration (Start at any Campus and Finish:Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto)

 This major helps students prepare for management and policy positions or graduate study in the field of health care. Students in the major develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complex societal problem of providing access to quality health care at reasonable cost. All Health Policy and Administration students complete an internship in a health care-related setting, giving them valuable experience and contacts in the industry. Health Policy and Administration students study a multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares them to work in many health care organizations including: health care providers; health insurers; health care consultants; health care supply companies; health services research and policy organizations; and local, state, and federal health agencies. Health Policy and Administration students have also used the degree to prepare for graduate study in business, law, medicine or allied health fields, health administration health services research or policy, and public health.

(University College)

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Health Policy and Administration (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park; Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)

This major helps students prepare for management and policy positions or graduate study in the field of health care. Students in the major develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complex societal problem of providing access to quality health care at reasonable cost. All HPA students complete an internship in a health care-related setting, giving them valuable experience and contacts in the industry. HPA students study a multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares them to work in many health care organizations including: health care providers; health insurers; health care consultants; health care supply companies; health services research and policy organizations; and local, state, and federal health agencies. HPA students have also used the degree to prepare for graduate study in business, law, medicine or allied health fields, health administration health services research or policy, and public health.
(College of Health and Human Development)

College of Health & Human Development

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Hospitality Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management helps provide preparation for management positions in hotels, restaurants, institutions, and other hospitality organizations. The program is designed to give the student a broad general education and a strong management and problem-solving orientation balanced with the requisite technical skills, all of them essential for career progression to upper-management positions in the hospitality professions. The program also helps students prepare for graduate study.
(Berks College)

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Hospitality Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management helps provide preparation for management positions in hotels, restaurants, institutions, and other hospitality organizations. The program is designed to give the student a broad general education and a strong management and problem-solving orientation balanced with the requisite technical skills, all of them essential for career progression to upper-management positions in the hospitality professions. The program also helps students prepare for graduate study.
(College of Health and Human Development)

College of Health & Human Development

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Information Sciences and Technology (Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, Worthington Scranton, York and Finish: Harrisburg)

This major is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new “Information Age.” Specifically, the degree program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; helps students prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and work in teams. All this is done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field. Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in for availability.
(Capital College)

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Information Sciences and Technology (Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, Worthington Scranton and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Hazelton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensignton, Schuylkill, Wilkes Barre, Worthington Scranton, York )

This major is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new “Information Age.” Specifically, the degree program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; helps students prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and work in teams. All this is done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field. Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in for availability.
(University College)

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Information Sciences and Technology (Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, Worthington Scranton, York and Finish: Abington)

This major is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new “Information Age.” Specifically, the degree program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; helps students prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and work in teams. All this is done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field. Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in for availability.
(Abington College)

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Information Sciences and Technology (Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, Worthington Scranton, York and Finish: Berks)

This major is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new “Information Age.” Specifically, the degree program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; helps students prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and work in teams. All this is done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field. Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in for availability.
(Berks College)

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Information Sciences and Technology (Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, Worthington Scranton, York and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new "Information Age." Specifically, the degree program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; helps students prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and work in teams. All this is done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field. Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in for availability.
(College of Information Sciences and Technology)

College of Information Sciences & Technology

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Information Systems (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This major prepares students to enter rapidly expanding fields associated with technology. This includes programming, systems analysis and design, database administration, network management, support services and training, and management of information resources. Students obtain competence both in information technology and in business theory. Each student’s background is complemented with basic business instruction in accounting, marketing, management, and finance. With business and non-business electives, the program is designed to develop necessary skills to be an effective information systems employee.
(Capital College)

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Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This major provides students with an interdisciplinary program containing both business and engineering course content. The major includes a set of core courses that may enable a graduate to function effectively in a technical business environment. Student can choose, from a selection of modules, a set of courses designed to enable a student to function in a specific business or technical area. The modules provide an entry-level set of skills in the areas of accounting and finance, supply chain management, quality control, technical sales, or product design and manufacture.
(The Behrend College)

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International Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The International Business major is designed to help students prepare for the increasingly international nature of business. Compared with other business majors, this one provides greater emphasis on knowledge and skills that are needed to conduct business in an international setting. This includes issues concerned with accomplishing organizational objectives through the coordination of human, material, information, and financial resources across national boundaries. In addition to the core business courses, students in this major will receive a broad exposure to the complexity of international business through required course work in international business, international culture, a foreign language, and a study abroad experience. In addition to preparation for an international business environment, the major aims to provide students with knowledge of a specific business discipline by requiring the completion of all the requirements for a second business major. As a result, students meet the University requirements for a concurrent major. Graduates of the major should be better prepared to function effectively as employees of small businesses with developing international operations or as members of larger business organizations with extensive global operations.
(The Behrend College)

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Labor and Employment Relations (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major permits students to undertake a study of work and the employment relationship in the context of a liberal arts education. A broad foundation of theoretical and professional knowledge is provided through a multidisciplinary approach. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees draw on the perspectives of industrial relations, economics, history, law, sociology, and psychology. This focus includes the nature and functions of the institutions involved in the employment relationship. The Bachelor of Science degree requires more course work in quantification than the Bachelor of Arts degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

College of the Liberal Arts

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Labor Studies and Employment Relations (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major permits students to undertake a study of work and the employment relationship in the context of a liberal arts education. A broad foundation of theoretical and professional knowledge is provided through a multidisciplinary approach. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees draw on the perspectives of industrial relations, economics, history, law, sociology, and psychology. This focus includes the nature and functions of the institutions involved in the employment relationship. The Bachelor of Science degree requires more course work in quantification than the Bachelor of Arts degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

College of the Liberal Arts

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Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This major provides students with the knowledge and skills managers need in today’s dynamic business environments. Core management courses provide a general overview of key management competencies including effective leadership, team building, managing and motivating human resources, facilitating organizational change and learning, and fostering and applying organizational knowledge for competitive advantage. Students complement this general management foundation with a human resource management, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, or individualized concentration.
(Capital College)

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Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides students with knowledge and skills managers need to deal with contemporary management challenges, such as leading and motivating people of different ages and backgrounds, developing strategies for competing in the global economy, and balancing the interest of multiple stakeholders in a complex legal, political, and ethical environment. Career opportunities are in management trainee positions, human resources, customer service, consulting, family business, and entrepreneurship.
(Smeal College of Business)

Smeal College of Business

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Management Information Systems (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This major prepares students for typical IT-related jobs such as programmer/ analyst, systems analyst, data analyst, database administrator, team leader, project manager, consultant, and MIS manager. Since the focus of such jobs is on the application of information technology to business problems and opportunities, the MIS curriculum integrates three main areas of study: core business courses, computer science courses, and MIS courses in the areas of database management systems, systems analysis, and systems design and development. Students may also choose to pursue SAP certification. An internship is required for the major.
(The Behrend College)

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Management Information Systems (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Students in this major learn about managing business information systems within organizations and spanning supply chain networks. The courses provide students with the depth and breadth to become effective managers of information systems that support core business processes. After receiving a thorough grounding in the core elements of business, students develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in programming, information resource management, managing the IT portfolio, business process re-engineering, and use of telecommunication and Internet technologies to manage core business processes. Examples of career opportunities include IT manager, business process re-engineering specialist, business systems analyst, and business application developer.
(Smeal College of Business)

Smeal College of Business

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Marketing (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg, Start and Finish: World Campus)

This major is designed for students interested in careers involving sales, promotion, services, distribution, research, and planning for business and the public sector. The major provides students with key concepts and methods of analysis in marketing. It focuses on understanding customer needs, developing products or services, creating and implementing marketing plans, monitoring customer responses, and projecting marketing activities for the future.
(Capital College)

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Marketing (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The objective of the Marketing major is to provide professional education to students leading to careers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Typically, graduates are employed in marketing management, sales management, retailing, marketing research, and brand management. The major provides a solid foundation in marketing practice, such as analyzing and understanding the needs and wants of present and potential customers, designing appropriate product offerings, establishing pricing policies, developing communication strategies, devising efficient distribution strategies, researching marketing data for the above functions, and coordinating marketing programs with other functional areas of business. The major also emphasizes the marketing of services. Marketing majors may also choose from additional business courses that allow greater specialization on quantitative (marketing research) or management perspectives while the non-business supporting courses allow for additional study in written and oral communication, psychology, foreign language, quantitative methods, or international studies.
(The Behrend College)

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Marketing (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides professional education leading to positions in business, government, and other organizations, and helps students prepare for advanced study at the graduate level. Career opportunities are in marketing management, sales management, advertising, marketing research, retailing, public policy, and consumer affairs. In addition to following a planned course sequence in general marketing management, the students may elect course work that focuses on their interests in consumer or business-to-business marketing, physical goods or services marketing, and for-profit or not-for-profit marketing. The Marketing major is designed to be integrated with the college’s professional education in business and builds on that program and on education in the social sciences.
(Smeal College of Business)

Smeal College of Business

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Project and Supply Chain Management: Bachelor of Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington or Shenango)

The Project and Supply Chain Management major concentrates on developing knowledge, skills, and abilities in project management, a dynamic and important discipline in modern corporations. These project management skills include the development of new projects, and coordinating procurement and project delivery systems. The major also emphasizes the integration of manufacturing and service operations, logistics, purchasing, and distribution that enable organizations to develop value-creating supply chain networks. The major provides students with an opportunity to develop the quantitative and people skills necessary to design and operate today's complex management systems. Students learn how to manage critical components in organizational supply chains, and apply business analytic methods for organizing and fully integrating supply chain practices throughout the organization.

Graduates are uniquely well-prepared for careers in some of the highest in-demand professions in the modern business and government environments, managing the supply chain and projects initiative in world-class business firms, public sector organizations, construction, IT organizations, third-party logistics providers, and goods and services distribution operations.
(The University College)

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Project and Supply Chain Management: Bachelor of Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The Project and Supply Chain Management major concentrates on developing knowledge, skills, and abilities in project management, a dynamic and important discipline in modern corporations. These project management skills include the development of new projects, and coordinating procurement and project delivery systems. The major also emphasizes the integration of manufacturing and service operations, logistics, purchasing, and distribution that enable organizations to develop value-creating supply chain networks. The major provides students with an opportunity to develop the quantitative and people skills necessary to design and operate today's complex management systems. Students learn how to manage critical components in organizational supply chains, and apply business analytic methods for organizing and fully integrating supply chain practices throughout the organization.

Graduates are uniquely well-prepared for careers in some of the highest in-demand professions in the modern business and government environments, managing the supply chain and projects initiative in world-class business firms, public sector organizations, construction, IT organizations, third-party logistics providers, and goods and services distribution operations.
(The Capital College)

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Project and Supply Chain Management: Bachelor of Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The Project and Supply Chain Management major concentrates on developing knowledge, skills, and abilities in project management, a dynamic and important discipline in modern corporations. These project management skills include the development of new projects, and coordinating procurement and project delivery systems. The major also emphasizes the integration of manufacturing and service operations, logistics, purchasing, and distribution that enable organizations to develop value-creating supply chain networks. The major provides students with an opportunity to develop the quantitative and people skills necessary to design and operate today's complex management systems. Students learn how to manage critical components in organizational supply chains, and apply business analytic methods for organizing and fully integrating supply chain practices throughout the organization.

Graduates are uniquely well-prepared for careers in some of the highest in-demand professions in the modern business and government environments, managing the supply chain and projects initiative in world-class business firms, public sector organizations, construction, IT organizations, third-party logistics providers, and goods and services distribution operations.
(The Behrend College)

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Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Through this program, students can prepare for supervisory and administrative positions in public or private agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. These include, but are not limited to, park systems, environmental centers, resorts, university intramural and sport club programs, event management businesses, and recreation services for the armed forces. Three options are offered: Commercial and Community Recreation Management, Golf Management, and Outdoor Recreation.
(College of Health and Human Development)

College of Health & Human Development

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Risk Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Risk Management major prepares students for careers in a wide range of private industries and public service agencies involving such areas as operations, property development, financial strategy, and government. The major is integrative in nature by crossing traditional business boundaries while offering specific areas of study in actuarial science, enterprise risk management, and real estate. High profile risks are faced by leaders and managers up and down the corporate ladder and require specialized skills, knowledge and preparation. The Risk Management major prepares students for this along with a chance to study risk from three different perspectives by offering specialty courses along with a common pool of risk management courses. This structure assures that the students in the risk management major are equipped with the common tools of risk analysis while at the same time permitting the students to tailor the specifics of their training through the selection of a particular option.
(Smeal College of Business)

ACTUARIAL SCIENCE OPTION: The courses in the Actuarial Science option stress the application of mathematical and statistical concepts to the measurement of life and other contingencies, while at the same time giving the student a broad understanding of the business environment. Students in the Actuarial Science option are encouraged to begin the series of professional examinations leading to Associateship and Fellowship in either the Society of Actuaries (A.S.A./F.S.A.) or the Casualty Actuarial Society (A.C.A.S./F.C.A.S.). 

ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT OPTION: The Enterprise Risk Management Option prepares students to identify, quantify and qualify the regulatory, legal, financial and contractual aspects of enterprise risk; the management of such risks; and the application of risk financing techniques to control risk exposures in organizations. Emphasis is also placed on the understanding of the principles and risks underlying complex business contracts.

REAL ESTATE OPTION: This option is designed to prepare the student for a wide range of professional opportunities in corporate real estate management, real estate brokerage, appraisal, property management, mortgage lending and banking, development, and governmental service.

Smeal College of Business

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Supply Chain and Information Systems (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major concentrates on the management of value creating supply chain networks that modern business enterprises use to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services all over the world and on information technology as the key enabler of supply chain integration. Students learn how to analyze and design supply chains and manage core business processes including sourcing and procuring raw materials, manufacturing and service operations, and planning and fulfilling customer demand. Students also develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in the information systems area, including information processing, databases, information systems design and analysis, and supply chain technologies. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in the supply chain and information systems area in both industry and government.
(Smeal College of Business)

Smeal College of Business

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Telecommunications (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The telecommunications program seeks to prepare informed, responsible professionals for leadership roles in the electronic information industries. The program stresses the societal, cultural, and economic impact of electronic media. This major is designed for students interested in all electronic media, including the broadcasting, cable, satellite, Internet, and telephone industries. The Telecommunications curriculum explores the structure and operation of these industries as well as the laws and policies that regulate their use. Graduates go on to careers at local radio and television stations; broadcast, cable, and satellite networks; Internet service providers; wired and wireless telephone companies; and other related industries.
(College of Communications)

College of Communications

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