College and Career Readiness - McHenry West High School

Marketing - Coursework and Careers

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The Marketing Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.

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Career Pathways Career Choices Tips for Successful Planning
  • Marketing Management
  • Professional Sales
  • Merchandising
  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Research
  • Sales Associate
  • Marketing Director
  • Buyer
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Take placement testing at MCC in March/April of Junior year.
  • Take ACT/SAT in spring semester of junior year of high school.
  • Meet annually with high school guidance counselor or MCC academic advisor or call (815) 479-7565.


Suggested Coursework

Grade English/
Language Arts
Mathematics Science Social Science Career Related
  • English I
  • Honors English I
  • Algebra I
  • Honors Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Issues of the 21st Century
  • AP Human Geography
  • World Language I
  • Intro to Business
  • Computer Literacy
  • Graphics
  • Art & Design I & II
  • Drawing & Painting I & II
  • Ceramics & Sculpture I & II
  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • English II
  • Honors English II
  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Foundations of Ancient Empires
  • Development of the Modern World
  • AP World History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language II
  • Business Mgmt.
  • Accounting I
  • Marketing for Sports & Entertainment
  • Fashion Merch.
  • Graphics Occupations I
  • English HII
  • honors American Studies - English
  • AP Lang. & Comp.
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • College Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Action Chemistry
  • Action Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics
  • Forensics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics II
  • US History
  • Honors American Studies - US History
  • AP US History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language III
  • Intro to Psychology
  • AP Psychology
  • Accounting II
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Graphics Occupations II
  • Independent Studio
  • English IV + ½ Eng. Elective
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Eng.
  • AP Lit. & Comp.
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Transition to College Math
  • AP Statistics
Any of the above
  • Govt. & Citizenship
  • AP Govt. & Comp. Govt.
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Govt.
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language IV
  • AP World Language


Career Planning

Type of Degree Degree Names

Career and Technical Education Certificates


Career and Technical Education Associate Degrees

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees are designed to prepare students for immediate employment.

Transfer Associate Degrees

Transfer degrees are designed to provide students with a strong general education foundation and prerequisite coursework for continued study at a four-year college or university.


Sample academic plans are provided for use by students who have decided on a major but not on an intended transfer school.


For students who have decided on a transfer school, transfer guides are provided, showing how courses apply to specific majors at many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities.



A few examples of baccalaureate majors related to this Career Cluster include the following:

  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

There are a many Illinois colleges and universities that offer programs related to marketing. To see a full list, please refer to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) website.