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Interdisciplinary Study

Get the Best of Both Worlds

Your education is both Wharton and Penn. Our rigorous and flexible curriculum combines the best in business education with exploration in the arts and sciences. In addition to traditional dual degrees and minors, Wharton and Penn offer integrated, one-of-a-kind programs that fuse two distinct disciplines into a coordinated dual degree.
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Flexbility and Opportunity

“The most challenging questions and problems of our time cannot be addressed by one discipline or profession.”

Penn’s president, Amy Gutmann, spoke these words, which are reflected in the unique combination of business and arts and science that Wharton provides. Every semester you can take classes at Wharton and at least one other school at Penn, including eight of our graduate schools.

Over 30% of your required courses may be taken outside of Wharton. Why? Because studying business within social, political, and historical contexts makes you a better agent of change. It also means you will have even more opportunities and paths to choose from when you graduate.

Coordinated Dual-Degree Programs

Wharton offers specialized programs with three other undergraduate schools at the University of Pennsylvania.

These coordinated dual-degree programs provide unique opportunities for students to pursue additional academic interests along with their undergraduate business degrees. Students simultaneously earn two undergraduate degrees from two different schools within four to five years.

Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology

This program allows students to pursue concurrent degrees from the Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management

This program from the Wharton School and the College of Arts & Sciences combines coursework in both bioscience and business to prepare students for careers in the life sciences sector.

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Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business

In this program from the Wharton School and the College of Arts & Sciences, students combine studies in business, language, and liberal arts to develop perspectives to prepare them for global leadership.

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Nursing and Health Care Management

This program combines a bachelor of science in nursing from the School of Nursing with a bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School.

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Minors and Dual Degrees

At Wharton and Penn, you can expand your learning across academic disciplines and departments.

DEPARTMENTAL AND UNIVERSITY MINORS

Wharton undergraduates can pursue a minor in addition to their concentration. The 6-8 courses needed for a minor can be easily completed alongside the Wharton undergraduate business curriculum.

Departmental minors are available in schools across Penn, including Arts and Sciences, Communication, Education, Engineering, Design, and Nursing. Departmental minors are managed by individual academic programs and departments.

University minors combine courses from more than one school, creating an interdisciplinary academic experience. The participating academic departments jointly govern these interschool programs. Wharton-related university minors include Actuarial Mathematics, American Public Policy, Biological Basis of Behavior and Health Services Management, Legal Studies and History, Consumer Psychology, Organizations and Environmental Management, and Urban Real Estate and Development.

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ADDITIONAL DUAL-DEGREE OPTIONS

Students can pursue two undergraduate degrees by designing their own dual-degree program that combines a degree from Wharton with a degree in one of more than 50 areas of study from one of Penn’s three other undergraduate schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Students have the opportunity to apply for a dual degree beginning at the end of their freshman year.

A dual degree can be completed in four to five years depending on the major pursued, the number of advanced placement credits earned, and the number of courses students are willing to take each term.