Academics at Wharton
What Wharton Is Known For
Majors. Lots of majors. Wharton students may select one of 17 different in-depth majors or create one of their own. The idea behind majoring is that it provides students with the opportunity to delve deeper into specific areas of interest, either to cultivate an area of expertise or to assist in facilitating a future career shift. About a third of students can’t pick just one major and elect to double major; 5% don’t fit neatly into one of the 17 boxes and pick the “design your own” route. Some of the most popular majors include Finance, Marketing, and Entrepreneurial Management.
Hybrid classroom environment. Do you thrive on the case method? Great, you’ll get that. Enjoy lectures, with lots of cold calls? Great! Wharton offers that, too. Wharton attempts to strike a balance among the pedagogical methods, using a combination of case-based learning, traditional lectures, team-based projects, simulations, and experiential learning across the curriculum. In any given class, a professor is likely to employ any combination of these approaches. Given the faculty’s extensive involvement in key industries, a plethora of real-world examples is integrated into the classroom experience.
Flexibility. There was a time in the not-too-distant past when “flexible” would have been the last word anyone used to describe the curriculum. Unless you were granted a precious course waiver, everyone took the same core classes, mostly with the same people. Not anymore. A new curriculum structure, introduced in 2012, empowers students to make more choices. Now, less than half of the core curriculum is taken with your cohort of about 70 students. The obvious benefit is that you can customize your path and focus on the classes you need for your summer internship. The downside is that the tight relationships that used to form with your cohort and your learning team are a little looser.