KSOM Common Curriculum

KSOM Common Curriculum

Are you excited about business but not ready to commit to a particular major? The Kania School of Management (KSOM) has a plan for you.

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The KSOM common curriculum gets students started on an academic business program, allowing them time and experience before deciding on a specific major. With a carefully chosen class schedule, students stay on track to complete their degree in four years. 

At Scranton, we give you plenty of opportunities to discover your real passion.

Is it Common to be Undecided?

  • 18% of first-year Scranton students enrolled as “undecided” for the fall of 2017.
  • Nearly half of first-year students in the Kania School of Management do not have a major declared.
  • Nationally, a third to half of all students have not declared a major area of study.
  • There are a broad range of subjects and majors to choose from at Scranton. We encourage you to take your time – try classes in a variety of areas – to find the option that best aligns with your goals and interests.
  • Being undecided is totally okay. It means you’re taking the time to figure out what you like and what you don’t. Time spent learning in the classroom is never wasted.

Is it for me?

  • Are you curious and hardworking?
  • Prepared to pursue a challenging and rewarding course of study?
  • Do you understand the value in service to others?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for KSOM Common Curriculum

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Faculty members go above and beyond.    Students learn from award-winning professors who teach in all areas of business with a common desire to put students first. They take the extra step to make sure that students are succeeding academically and personally. Students also benefit from the practical experience of faculty who serve on boards of directors or as consultants in their fields.
2.
Prestigious accreditation.   KSOM is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the highest standard of achievement for business schools around the world. Fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by AACSB. You can be assured of a curriculum that is current, relevant and taught by qualified individuals.
3.
Powerful alumni connections.   Well-established alumni and other supporters in the business field are mentors to students, providing internships and funding scholarships for students.
4.
Jesuit education.   Excellence in all endeavors, reflection and care for the individual are among the Jesuit principles inherent in KSOM. Business ethics discussion occurs throughout the program, preparing graduates to become professionals with integrity.
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Top-notch facilities.   Brennan Hall features technologically advanced classrooms, an auditorium, advising center, computer labs and more. The Irwin E. Alperin Financial Center brings Wall Street to Scranton through a simulated trading floor, giving students first-hand experience with stock and foreign currency markets.

We encourage students to explore all options for different majors in KSOM. Our close-knit community means that students are welcome to approach department heads, ask questions about their courses and get the answers they need. It’s an incredibly supportive and nurturing learning environment.

-Gerry Loveless, M.Ed.
Director in the Kania School of Management Academic Adv. Ctr.

  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    All of our courses are designed to sharpen your communication skills so that you will write, speak and present effectively throughout your career.

    In addition, you’ll learn how to:

    • Use technical knowledge and skills
    • Solve diverse problems
    • Lead and manage projects and people
    • Run efficient and effective organizations

    Additional Programs

    • The Kania Professional Development Passport Program will give you an important edge in career preparation through seminars and workshops led by business professionals, alumni and faculty.
    • The Kania Executive In Residence Program will give you the opportunity to learn and interact with outstanding business and other leaders with real world experiences and wide professional networks.
    • The Kania Mentoring Program will provide you with expert advice and counsel from leaders who have experienced the opportunities – and challenges – of the modern workplace. 

    Internships

    Internships during a semester or over the summer provide a terrific opportunity for students to make valuable connections and “try out” careers in different business fields. Frequently internships will lead to job offers after graduation.   

    For the graduating Class of 2016, more than 77% completed at least one internship during their undergraduate education. Students complete internships at a wide range of companies in locations like Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C. Our KSOM Internship Office helps every step of the way.

  • What You'll Learnplus or minus

    Curriculum

    As a student in the KSOM common curriculum program, you will be given the same schedule as other KSOM first-year students who have decided on their majors. Core courses will help you choose a major and keep you on track for graduation. 

    Building upon Scranton’s general education curriculum, students in the Kania School of Management share a common set of broad-based courses for their first two years. This approach provides students with the time to select a major that best fits their interests. 

    Click here for more information about the Kania School of Management.

    A student may choose to stay at Scranton for one additional year to earn an MBA. More information can be found here

    The business landscape is constantly changing and is shaped today by three important trends. In order to be successful, business students need to embrace globalization through cross-cultural awareness, appreciate how the rise of technology has altered the way we analyze and solve problems and place the high value on ethical decision-making. We cover all of these important learning outcomes in our curriculum.

    -Murli Rajan, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Finance and Interim Associate Dean of the Kania School of Management

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Scranton students begin to contribute to society long before they officially enter their fields of interest. In the Kania School, students are encouraged to participate in clubs and organizations related to business. Student organizations provide service on and off campus. They also help students plan for their careers and make professional connections. 

Careers

Where will a degree from the Kania School of Management take me?

Students enter the workplace armed with theoretical knowledge, practical skills and experience.  

Here are some examples of job titles of graduates. 

  • Entry-level Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Assistant Product Manager
  • Market Researcher
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Securities Salesperson

Top Graduate Schools

Just some of the prestigious graduate schools which have admitted recent KSOM graduates:

  • Boston College
  • Cornell School of Law
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown Law
  • Harvard Business School
  • New York University
  • Penn State University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Scranton
  • Villanova School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business

Leading Employers:

You’ll find Scranton KSOM graduates working at a wide range of companies and organizations including:

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Frito Lay
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Kellogg’s
  • PwC
  • Société Générale
  • The Vanguard Group
  • Vogue

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

Undecided students at Scranton benefit from one-on-one time with caring and dedicated advisors who help identify strengths and interests and link students with the ideal major. In some cases, it’s more the matter of finding out what you “don’t want to do” and we give you plenty of room and opportunities to explore and discover your real passion.

In the first semester, each student who has chosen the common curriculum will meet with an advisor and attend a special seminar. This helps students to learn about academic opportunities, clarify interests, set realistic goals and a schedule, learn about career resources at Scranton, and appreciate the Catholic, Jesuit identity of the University. This strong foundation helps each student to choose just the right program of study to launch him/her into an exciting and rewarding professional future.

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

Kania School of Management Advising Center
Tel: (570) 941-6100
advising-KSOM@scranton.edu