Information on the management major at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Organizations need leaders—people who can effectively manage organizations and the people in them, as well as develop and implement strategies that will lead to success.

Smeal Human Capital Student Consultants: Fosters professional development, mentoring, and consulting opportunities in a project-based format to facilitate various avenues of employer branding and recruiting.

Gain the knowledge and skills managers need to deal with contemporary challenges including leading and motivating people, decision making, developing strategies for competing in the global economy, balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders in complex, legal, political, and ethical environments, and leading change.

The Management major curriculum has been designed to provide the courses and experience that employers seek. With a core that is strongly rooted in understanding organizations, ethics, and strategy, you can further develop your skills with a concentration in leadership studies or human capital management. The Smeal human capital management concentration has received approval by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Careers in Management

Career opportunities are many and diverse; Management majors find positions in all industries including professional services and consulting, consumer products, insurance, manufacturing, banking, retail, and more. You will find Management alumni in positions in consulting, leadership development, human capital management, business analysis, and customer service management, among many others.

Management Degree Requirements and Sample Schedules

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM):
SHRM offers students networking and mentoring opportunities, along with the ability to attend workshops and presentations about current HR issues. SHRM members develop leadership skills through participation in case competitions and service activities.