Academics

The Huntsman Curriculum: Challenging Students in Global Leadership

The flexible design of the Huntsman curriculum allows students to graduate in four years with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (from the College of Arts & Sciences) and a Bachelor of Science in Economics (from Wharton). While receiving two degrees in four years involves many requirements, students often find that they have a surprising amount of flexibility within those requirements, the freedom to take electives outside of them and enough spare time to become highly involved in extracurricular and social activities.

A total of 40 course units are required for graduation. General requirements in the College and in Wharton provide students with an introduction to the many different fields offered by each school. The International Studies major and the Wharton concentration allow students to specialize in the areas that most interest them. The interdisciplinary nature of the International Studies major means that each Huntsman student is able to personalize his or her curriculum, and no two Huntsman students will have the exact same educational experience.

The basic components of the Huntsman Curriculum are as follows:

International Studies Major Requirements

International Studies (3 courses)
Area Studies (3 courses)
Advanced Language (4 courses)
International Business (3 courses)
Senior Thesis (1 course)

College General Requirements*

Sector Requirements (7 courses)

Wharton Requirements*

Leadership: Management 100 (1 course)
Economics & Calculus (3 courses)
Wharton Business Fundamentals (9 courses)
(Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Operations & Information Management, Statistics)
Business Concentration (4 courses)

*It must be noted that some courses will fulfill two requirements. For example, History 107, the Huntsman freshman seminar in Comparative Capitalist Systems, fulfills an International Studies requirement in the International Studies major and also fulfills the sector IV (Humanities and Social Science Interdisciplinary). Economics 010, a combination of micro and macroeconomics, fulfills a Wharton requirement and also sector I (Society) under the College General requirements. Huntsman students are able to earn each degree with fewer requirements than a single-degree student would have to fulfill in each school.

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Joyce Meng

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Class: 2008

Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, Co-Founder & CEO, Givology.org

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Comparative Capitalist Systems was my most enjoyable and meaningful class freshman year. As a student who chose to turn down Harvard in favor of the Huntsman Program, I felt that this class reinforced the reasons why I made my decision in the first place. The class dismissed my suspicion that the emphasis is really on the practical business aspect. As one of the many students more interested in the theoretical framework of international economics and business, I can’t imagine a better introductory course.

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