Undergraduate Admissions

Majors

Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors by College



Smeal College of Business

Accounting (ACCTG)

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)

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Agribusiness Management (AG BM)

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)

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Finance (FIN)

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)

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Management (MGMT)

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)

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Management Information Systems (M I S)

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)

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Marketing (MKTG)

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)

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Risk Management (R M)

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.

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Supply Chain and Information Systems (SC&IS)

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)

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Associate (2 Year) Degrees