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

Marketing is a broad field with the primary purpose of generating demand for an enterprise's products or services. It involves an understanding of consumer behavior and research to determine consumer preferences and to guide firms in dealing with those preferences. 

Marketing Major Tracks

Because customer insights are at the center of the marketing process, all Smeal marketing majors take courses in consumer behavior, marketing research, and marketing strategy. Majors then have the option to pick their own diverse combination of courses or select a specialty track of prescribed and recommended courses.

The marketing major specialty tracks include:

  • Business Development & Sales 
  • Strategic Insights & Analytics

Marketing Links
Marketing Department Home Page
Penn State Bulletin - Marketing
Marketing Degree Requirements 
Smeal Undergraduate Advising (Marketing Majors)

Careers in Marketing

Careers in marketing include positions in customer - or client-facing roles (Business Development & Sales) and in strategic decision-making (Strategic Insight & Analytics). Some sample careers are listed below.

  • Business Development & Sales (Customer- and Client-Facing Roles)
    • Professional Selling
    • Retail Buying & Merchandise Management
    • Services Marketing
    • New Business Development
  • Strategic Insights & Analytics (Strategic Decision Making Roles)
    • Brand & Product Management
    • Marketing Analyst
    • Integrated Marketing Communications
    • Sports Marketing

Marketing Degree Requirements and Sample Schedules

Alumni Stats and Success

Smeal Alumni Marketing Spotlights: View the profiles of Smeal College of Business Marketing Alumni.

Student Organizations

Penn State American Marketing Association: One of the largest student-run organizations at Penn State, PSAMA provides members networking opportunities and an outlet for professional growth.

Penn State Prime: Gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on skills needed for strategic insights, brand management, and marketing communications.