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This page contains advising information for students beginning at Penn State York and intending to earn a bachelor's degree from the Smeal College of Business


Entrance to Major Requirements

The following courses must be completed during your first two years at Penn State York (Courses highlighted in BOLD require a grade of C or higher):

Note that general transfer credits may not be used for entrance-to-major courses. Courses taken at other schools must transfer as equivalent to the entrance-to-major courses. Furthermore, 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.

It is also recommended that you take ECON 104, CAS 100, SCM 301, ENGL 202D, and your GHA (health and physical activity) courses here at Penn State York. If you will be an actuarial science major then you ought to also take STAT 414 here, too.

This page contains pre-major planning information from Smeal including a recommended academic plan.

Keep in mind that that Smeal-bound students should not take upper level major field courses at non-University Park locations because these will not count toward their Smeal degree.


What Majors Are Offered at Smeal


Entrance to Major Process

You can apply for your major of choice once you have met the following:

  1. You must be enrolled at Penn State as a pre-major student in the Smeal College of Business (B A) or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
  2. You have completed or are currently enrolled in all Entrance to Major courses, including obtaining grades of C or better in the specified courses.
  3. You have a cumulative grade point average that meets the minumum required for your major. This cumulative GPA must also be met at the end of the semester during which you complete the entrance to major process.
  4. You have earned a minimum of 40 cumulative credits but no more than 59 cumulative graded credits earned at Penn State.

Most students will be applying for their major during the spring semester of their second year. Information about the entrance to major process can be found on the Smeal College web site at Get Into a Smeal Major.

To submit a request to enter a major use the Update Academics app in LionPath. Here is a handout on how to declare your major using Update Academics.

Once you are accepted into a Smeal major through the entrance-to-major process you then can apply for a permanent change of c ampus to University Park. The request for a permanent change of campus is a separate step that must be initiated by the student after receiving a conditional or permanent offer to a Smeal major. You submit this request using the Update Campus application found on Lionpath.


What Happens if I Don't Finish the Required Courses on Time?

You will have to major in something else. Students who have completed 60 or more cumulative credits who are still in pre-major status become ineligible to apply for a Smeal major.


What Happens if I Don't Meet the Grade Point Average Requirements

You will have to major in something else. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirements are not allowed to even apply for a Smeal major. If you are concerned about your grades, then you ought to think about planning for another major as a possible replacement for a Smeal major.


How Do I Get to Smeal Early?

Moving up to University Park after your third semester is difficult but not impossible.

You need to be in the credit window (40 to 59 Penn State credits) before the start of your third semester here (usually the fall of your sophomore year). You can achieve this by taking a full load of classes during the fall and spring semesters of your first year and then taking enough credits over the summer after your freshman year to get to at least 40 Penn State credits. These summer classes must be Penn State classes not transfer credits. Of course, you need to meet the GPA requirement and you also must finish the entrance to major classes during your third semester.

So, if you are in the credit window before the start of the fall semester and will complete the entrance to major classes during the fall semester, you can use the Update Academics app in Lionpath to receive a conditional acceptance into your Smeal major. Then, you can use Lionpath to make a change of campus request. You can start taking classes at University Park in January.


What If I'm in Another Major?

If you are not currently enrolled as a pre-major in the Smeal College of Business or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) and want to apply for a Smeal major, in addition to completing the required courses, you must enroll in the DUS before completing the entrance-to-major process. You can do this at the campus academic advising center.

Students who transfer into Penn State as a major in something other than Pre-Business or DUS are ineligible for a Smeal major.


Other Business Majors at Penn State

Penn State Harrisburg offers bachelor's degrees in accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing.

Penn State York has a bachelor of science in Business degree.

In general you have to take the same set of requirements for these degrees as you would for a Smeal degree.


Other Business-Related Majors at University Park

The College of Communications has a major in advertising and public relations and there is a bachelor of science in hospitality management offered by the College of Health and Human Development. The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has degrees in energy business and finance.

Economics is offered in the College of the Liberal Arts and the College of Agricultural Sciences has an agribusiness management degree. There are health policy and administration and recreation, park, and tourism management majors in the College of Health and Human Development. And, the College of Information Sciences and Technology offers a major in security and risk analysis.

You can use this page at the Undergraduate Bulletin to explore majors at Penn State by interests and campuses. Some of these majors also have entrance to major courses and a minimum grade point average requirement.


Internships

Internships are not required for Smeal majors, but they do add a lot to your resume. And, internships often help students lock-in full time employment for after graduation. Information about Smeal internships is available here.

The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is an internship program here at the York campus. Some of these internships are available to freshmen and sophomores.


Studying Abroad

It's not a requirement. If you do decide to do this, don't go any earlier than the spring semester of your junior year, and not in your last semester either - you could delay your graduation.

Students must complete MGMT 301, MKTG 301 and FIN 301 and be in their major before they leave for a fall or spring semester program. Minimum GPAs and other prerequisite courses are required for some programs. More information about studying abroad is available at the link.

Studying abroad requires planning ahead. Depending on where and when you go, there may be courses that you would take at the institution you'll be at that would count towards your general education requirements. You should therefore:

Starting Summer 2016, credits earned abroad at a non-Penn State program will not be accepted toward any Smeal degree requirements including general education and electives. Credits toward Smeal majors will be accepted from programs on the list of Penn State Education Abroad Office programs. Students doing the International Business Minor must attend a program on Smeal's Choosing a Program list.


Applying for Junior Admission to the Schreyer Honors College through the Smeal College of Business

Interested students may apply to the Schreyer Honors College during their sophomore year. The process is quite competitive:

  1. you must be a rising junior (current sophomore) with at least 3 semesters remaining after this semester
  2. you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.70 at the time of application and must maintain at least at 3.70 through the end of your spring semester
  3. you must have a strong interest in conducting independent research, which you may be asked about in the application
  4. you must have strong writing skills

The application process is done on-line. You must answer two business-related questions for the writing sample portion of the application, and you will be asked for a brief essay explaining why you want to be a Schreyer Honors Scholar.

Students who join the Schreyer Honors College (SHC) as juniors must also complete at least 14 honors credits from the beginning of their junior year until the time they graduate. This includes BA 412H - Honors Integration Seminar for 3 credits and typically 6 credits of thesis research.

It is important to note that students entering the SHC as juniors do not receive any scholarship money from the Schreyer Honors College, although they are eligible for thesis support grants and for travel abroad grants based upon proposals submitted to the Schreyer Honors College.

You can learn more about the application process, and see samples of essay questions from a previous year by reading the following web pages:

http://ugstudents.smeal.psu.edu/academics-advising/honors-and-leadership/schreyer/junior-gate

https://www.shc.psu.edu/future/gateway/index.cfm


Transfer Credits

Under Smeal College policy, general transfer credits may not be used for entrance-to-major courses. Courses taken at other schools must transfer as equivalent to the entrance-to-major courses. Furthermore, any transfer credits for entrance-to major courses must be taken prior to the spring semester of your sophomore year, and the credits must appear on your Penn State record prior to March 1st of the sophomore year.

Keep in mind that 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.

The admissions office's transfer course evaluator is useful for determining which courses from other schools will transfer in as equivalent to Penn State courses.


Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate

Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate is for students in non-Smeal majors. There are three prerequisite courses: ACCTG 211, ECON 102 or 104, and STAT 200 or higher.. There are five required courses: BA 301, BA 302, BA 303, BA 304, and either BLAW 243 or IB 303. Three of the five required courses must be taken at University Park. For more information, go to Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate.


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