Summer Courses to Help You Stand Out

For All Majors at PSU:

BA 101: Intro to Business and World Affairs - One Week - Remote

Introduction to the business firm operating in the local, national, and global marketplace. Emphasizes the integration of the various functional areas of business as the firm evolves from its entrepreneurial origins to a mature corporation.

  • CRN 80040
  • M to F, 8 AM - 5 PM

BA 101: Intro to Business and World Affairs - Fully Online or Remote

Introduction to the business firm operating in the local, national, and global marketplace. Emphasizes the integration of the various functional areas of business as the firm evolves from its entrepreneurial origins to a mature corporation.

  • CRN 80038 or 80039
  • Remote: MW 10:30 AM - 12:50 PM

BA 199: MS Excel Certification Test Prep - Fully Online

Did you know that Microsoft Excel is one of the top technical skills that business employers look for when hiring new employees? This fully online course will prepare students to become a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Excel. Students will learn and master the fundamentals of creating and managing worksheets and workbooks, creating cells and ranges, creating tables, applying formulas and functions and creating charts and objects.  This class is offered as a Pass/No Pass class and the final exam is the MOS Excel exam. Once you pass this exam, you can list the excel certification on your professional resume! Students must pass the MOS excel exam in order to pass this class. The course fee ($25) includes one exam attempt.

CRN 80041

BA 299: Microsoft Office Software Proficiency - Fully Online

Microsoft Office Software Skills Proficiency is designed to provide students with a foundation in particular applications that will be useful in coursework and career. Students will use SimNet simulation software to learn selected practical tasks in Windows 10, Microsoft Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Access 2016, and topical issues.

CRN 81483

BA 332: Property, Management, and Society - Fully Online

Introduces students to the field of real estate property management. Students attain fundamental knowledge of real estate, economics and the built environment's impact on communities. Encompasses managerial concepts, operational principles, market economics and real estate terminology for income-producing properties.

CRN 81498

BA 399: Jumpstart Your Career Part 1 - Fully Online

Five-week class (first half of the term)

Jumpstart Your Career is a two-part online course designed for students who want to focus on launching their next career move with resources and support in the creation of their job search materials and their job search strategy.

The first Jumpstart Your Career course will focus on the beginning elements of launching a job or internship search. Students will earn credit as they implement best practices in resumé and cover letter writing. Students will work on their LinkedIn profile, develop a plan for networking, and create a job search strategy after researching possible career paths. Through articles, videos, and online resources, students will have a one-stop-shop for career preparation available to them throughout the rest of their academic experience. Students will end the course with co-created, polished job search materials to assist them in their career launch. This course is designed for students who have selected a major and would like to prepare for job or internship applications and the hiring process.

CRN 81489

BA 399: Jumpstart Your Career Part 2 - Fully Online

Five-week class (second half of the term)

Jumpstart Your Career is a two-part online course designed for students who want to focus on launching their next career move with resources and support in the creation of their job search materials and their job search strategy.

The second Jumpstart Your Career course will focus on honing student interview skills in a variety of formats (phone, video, and in-person) and through different interview methods (traditional and behavior-based). Students will practice interviewing and follow-up approaches. Salary negotiation tips will be provided and students will learn strategies for managing the first few weeks on the job as well as tactics for long-term professional development for future career moves. This course is designed for students who have selected a major and would like to prepare for job or internship applications and the hiring process.

CRN 81490

FIN 218: Personal Finance - Fully Online

A survey of investments, budgets, real estate ownership, financial institutions, consumers' credit, social security, stock market, mutual funds, and estate planning from the individual's point of view. Optional pass/no pass.

CRNs 80480 or 81476

FIN 301U: Intro to Investing - Fully Online

Investing is a means to help you meet specific financial goals, such as retirement, purchasing a house, or starting your own business. This class will introduce you to investing and help you understand the types of investment options available, their risks and returns, and how to create appropriate holistic investing strategies based on your investing goals. As part of a holistic strategy, the class will review such topics as tax efficient options, 529 plans, and 401k plans. This class will also introduce a basic understanding of various investment options including, but not limited to, mutual funds, ETFs, stocks, bonds, and cash. This class will discuss the various approaches for acquiring these investments. This will include a view of the impact of behavioral economics on investing as well as how technology is changed investing.

CRN 81513

MKTG 338U: Professional Selling - Remote

An overview of personal selling as an element of the marketing function for both industrial and retail professional sales with an emphasis on the sales process including prospecting, approaching, presenting, negotiating, closing and follow-up. Topics include sales careers, sales strategies and tactics, buyer behavior as part of individual and group purchase processes, establishing and building customer relationships and the role of selling in the marketing effort. In addition to formal theoretical coursework, students practice sales skills in role plays, presentations and other exercises requiring practical application of selling theory.

  • CRN 80696
  • TR 9 AM - 12:40 PM

MKTG 340U: Advertising - Fully Online

An introductory course designed to provide an overview of marketing communications, plus an understanding of fundamental advertising issues and strategies. Course focuses on concepts, principles, processes, terminology, trends, and techniques which shape this constantly changing field including the impact of technology on message delivery.

CRN 80697

For Business Majors:

ACTG 407: SEM: Accounting Analytics - Remote

Analytical skills are increasingly essential in many business roles and students with analytical skills and interests are in demand. In this class, you’ll learn to access and understand data, analyze it using a broad range of tools and techniques, and communicate your findings effectively. The course consists of labs covering topics such as advanced Excel for data cleaning and manipulation, SQL for database queries, R for statistical analysis, Alteryx for automated analytics, UiPath for robotic process automation, and MindBridge for artificial intelligence.

  • CRN 81485
  • MW 10:30 AM - 12:50 PM

MGMT 410: Power and Influence at Work - Fully Online

Organizations were once designed with the underlying assumption of centralized decision making: Bureaucratic structures, jobs simplified to remove decision making from workers, and managers who saw their roles as telling workers what to do.  The complexity of modern organizational environments makes such an approach obsolete.  To survive, organizations must be flexible and decentralized and thus, by definition, must rely more on employee input in decision making and work processes.  In other words, managers will need to learn new skills to be able to accomplish organizational goals through employees.  The purpose of this course, then, is to teach students in a very real way the skills they will need to stimulate, influence, and lead employees to achieve their potential and accomplish organizational goals as well as help you achieve your personal goals.  While many skills that students gain in school are best taught through presentation of theory and concepts and some application, the skills emphasized in this course require an opposite approach: Interpersonal skills require practice.  Thus, although there is reading required, we will also focus on the practice of interpersonal skills.  Students will participate in online exercises and discussions.  In addition, students learn through the application of these skills to situations in their lives.

CRN 80685

ACTG/MGMT/MKTG 404 or MGMT 409 - Fully Online

Do you have an internship or stretch project at your current job?

You can earn internship or practicum credit for that experience and the credit will count toward your business electives. Credit available is labeled as ACTG, MGMT, or MKTG. Once you have secured the internship or arranged for the stretch assignment at your job, you can fill out this online form to request access to the online course.

MKTG 363: Consumer Behavior - Remote

Explores the determinants of consumer and business buying behavior. Applications of behavioral concepts to marketing strategy are emphasized along with how to measure, retain, and enhance customer satisfaction while developing long-term relationships. The use of technology and databases in understanding the marketplace is explored.

  • CRN 80698
  • TR 1 PM - 3:20 PM

MKTG 435: Consumer Package Good Marketing - Remote

Examines marketing distribution systems used by food and consumer package goods (CPG) companies. Emphasis on describing CPG industry value chains and how business environmental factors impact the creation, delivery, and capture of customer value by different industry participants. Examines the marketing relationships between manufacturers, wholesalers, brokers, retailers, and consumers. Topics include ECR, category management, Efficient Replenishment, retail trends in buyer behavior, e-commerce, new product introductions, Efficient Promotion, trade relations, industry alliances, competitive trends, channel roles and conflicts, and globalization. Prerequisite: BA 311 or 339.

  • CRN 80702
  • W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM