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Advice from Industry Executives

What they need from college graduates with suggestions from the WWC Bulletin

Analytical capabilities: graduates need to have much stronger analytical capabilities.

Discrete mathematics  
MATH 206 Statistics 
MATH 250 Discrete Mathematics 
PHIL 206 Introduction to Logic 
MATH 123 Survey of Calculus 
GBUS 366 Operations Management and Production
Communication skills: The need is for persons who have good communication skills.
ENGL 121, 122 College Writing 
ENGL 223 Research Writing 
ENGL 325 Writing for the Professions
GBUS 270 Business Communications
GBUS 370 Advanced Business Communications 
& Other writing courses
Speaking  SPCH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 
SPCH 207 Small Group Communication 
SPCH 310 Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication 
SPCH 401 Introduction to General Semantics 
SPCH 443 Persuasive Speaking
Flexible and self-motivated in learning new skills and in making transitions both in technology and organizational structures.
While there are no specific courses to meet this recommendation, the broad selection of courses listed in this document and the exposure to a range of technology skills combined with an internship, international experience and a capstone experience with leading edge technology should help to prepare the student to handle change.
General Education, Liberal Education, Social Perspective: They need to be broadly educated and have a global perspective.
ANTH 225 Cultural Anthropology 
PSYC 130 General Psychology 
SOCI 204 General Sociology 
SOCI 236 Racial and Ethnic Relations
Foreign Language study 
International History 
French, German, Spanish 
HIST 274,5 History of England 
HIST 242 Modern East Asian History 
HIST 284 History of Latin America 
HIST 285 History of Mexico
International Business ECON 488 International Economics 
MKTG 488 International Marketing
International Experience  Study abroad, International travel, CSV
ENGL 359 World Literature 
PHIL 205 Introduction to Philosophy 
RELH 403 World Religions
Organizational perspective and understand the larger issues and problems with which employers deal:  The need is for persons who understand how large organizations function, who understand project management, who can function effectively in teams, and who are adaptable to changing corporate needs.
General GBUS 160 Introduction to Business
Economics  ECON 204 Fundamentals of Economics 
ECON 211 Principles of Macro Economics 
ECON 212 Principles of Micro Economics 
Marketing MKTG 381 Marketing
Management &  
organizational behavior 
MGMT 371 Management and Organizational Behavior 
MGMT 471 Organizational Change and Development 
MGMT 476 Motivation and Leadership 
ENGR 326 Engineering Economy 
ENGR 345 Contracts and Specifications 
ENGR 480 Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Internship CPTR 494 Cooperative Education/Internship
Teamwork &  
project management
CIS 315 Systems Analysis and Design 
CPTR XX Software Engineering 
CPTR 496-8 Seminar 
ENGR 326 Engineering Economy 
INFO XXX Creative Problem Solving 
MGMT 371 Management and Organizational Behavior 
MGMT 476 Motivation and Leadership 
SPCH 207 Small Group Communication 
SPCH 310 Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication
Technical Skills and Management of Information: The needs are greatest in the area of data modeling, database management, and hands-on database manipulation. Programming skills are fine--it is the management of information where recent graduates are weakest."  The following is a core group of information technology skills.
Prerequisites INFO 105 Personal Computing 
CIS 240 Intermediate Business Applications
Programming Skills CIS 130 Intro Busn App Programming (Visual Basic) 
CPTR 141 Introduction to Programming (C++, Java) 
CPTR 142-3 Data Structures and Algorithms
Data modeling 
Database management 
Database manipulation
CIS 440 Database Management Systems 
CIS 445 Database Management Applications 
CPTR XX Database Management System Design
Additional skills CIS 250 Telecommunications 
CIS 290 Intro to Network Administration 
CPTR 221-2 Programming Languages 
CPTR 352 Operating System Design 
CPTR XX Networking
Reference: Report of the Strategic Planning Group PSU

Parting quote:

"If you can get me a young person who can divine the problems of imagery in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, it would take me just a half hour to teach that person how to break down a balance sheet. Teach kids the humanities, and give them a broad liberal education, and I'll teach them business skills. I hate schools that have been co-opted by business. I'd rather you taught people to think, because the limiting factor in executive development these days is people who can't do lateral thinking. Instead, they have a vocational skill or a technical skill, and it runs out of gas very, very early. The ones who will end up in the top 20 jobs in the organization worldwide are people who can stand back and examine the context in which business operates and can connect the dots in creative ways and transform the business congruent with some of those directions. You can't do that if your head is down all the time..." Matthew W. Barrett, Bank of Montreal, Canada