Determining your Program Year
Your major requirements (courses) are determined by your “program year”. This is the year that you officially enter your major. For example, if you began your first year in the fall of 2013, and entered into your major in the summer/fall of 2015, then your program year would be 2015. Some samples are marked as tentative because major requirements can be changed prior to you entering your major.
Entrance to a Major
Entrance to a major in the Smeal College of Business is based on University policy, which outlines strict procedures for applying to and being offered enrollment into a Smeal College major. Offers are competitive and decisions are based on the college’s entrance-to-major requirements. Please refer to our student exchange website for more information.
In order to promote student academic success, the Smeal faculty has designated the successful completion of specific "entrance-to-major" courses prior to the beginning of “major field” course work. In order to ensure all students are equally prepared for success, the Smeal College of Business requires that the following “entrance-to-major” courses must be completed at a Penn State campus: Accounting 211, Management 301, Marketing 301, and Finance 301.
Therefore, transfer courses or those designated as direct equivalent courses for the four courses above listed will not be credited toward Smeal entrance-to-major progress.
In recent years, The Smeal College of Business has experienced enrollment demand that has exceeded the college’s physical capacity to serve all desired applicants without compromising the quality of a Smeal College education. As a part of the plan to manage the high demand, it was determined that there would be no early entry into a Smeal major due to our administrative enrollment controls. In addition, capacity for each course for all Smeal College academic majors has been calculated to ensure each student will have the opportunity to graduate on-time. To honor the commitments made to our students, pre-major students may not enroll in upper division courses designated for Smeal College majors. Exceptions will not be granted for pre-major students to be exempted from this policy.
The Smeal College requires that all upper division courses within the department sponsoring the major be completed in-residence at University Park under the instruction of Smeal College faculty. Upper division courses offered within the department sponsoring the major which are completed at other campuses or locations will not be credited toward completion of the major at the Smeal College. This may necessitate repeating certain courses.